Updated: December 16, 2020 04:09 PM
Created: December 16, 2020 03:25 PM
In light of the new COVID guidelines set by the state of Minnesota, Duluth schools sent out an update that says they plan on having elementary students return to hybrid learning in mid to late January.
“District and school administrators will review the new guidelines and begin to incorporate them into our planning,” said John Magas, Superintendent for Duluth Public Schools. “We’ll work to share preliminary plans with staff and families in the coming days prior to winter break next week.”
Families may choose all distance learning for their elementary students if they wish.
As for the older kids, “The district still plans for distance learning for middle and high school students to continue through January 21 with the second semester under review,” said Magas.
One new mitigation strategy announced by the state today is that all public schools providing in-person or hybrid learning must offer on-site COVID testing to all staff that interact with students. The state said it will provide training and saliva test kits so that schools can conduct this testing.
The Governor also announced that youth sports teams will be able to start practicing on January 4, but they will not be able to play games yet. Magas said the district will continue to follow the Governor’s directives regarding in-person athletics and activities.
“We are partnering with the city and neighboring districts and communities to continue to encourage preventative measures, including mask wearing and social distancing,” said Magas. “These strategies are making a positive difference. We all want our students back in school safely as soon as possible and our collective efforts can help make that a reality.”
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