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Big Fork/Grand Rapids school board approves fall plans to return in person

Big Fork/Grand Rapids school board approves fall plans to return in person

Updated: August 06, 2020 03:47 PM

The Big Fork/Grand Rapids school board approved plans for all students to return to school in person this fall. The announcement was made during a virtual school board meeting Thursday afternoon.

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Board members said they made the decision to move forward with in person learning for elementary, junior high and high school students in accordance with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC and the Itasca County Public Health Department.

They say this may change if the number of cases of COVID-19 in the county increases.

According to the school board, new protocol will be in place to protect students and staff, including enhanced cleaning measures of all common areas, as well as, increased spacing of furniture in classrooms. Masks will also be required.

Board members said they will provide each child a mask, however, parents are encouraged to provide their child with a mask of their own. Additionally, parents are encouraged to have their child practice wearing a mask before school starts so they know what to expect.

On the bus, the school board said they will work to limit the capacity of riders and enforce social distancing.

In the cafeteria, menu items will be revised to include self contained items and service and plating will be done by food and nutrition staff. Students will be required to wear their masks until they are physically seated and when seated, students will be spaced out to allow for social distancing.

All visitors and volunteers will be screened for COVID-19 prior to entering the building and non-essential visitors will not be allowed beyond the main office.

The school board said distance learning will be an option for families who do not want to send their child back to school in person.

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