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Duluth school district votes 6-1 in favor of hybrid learning model

Updated: August 06, 2020 10:41 PM

The Duluth school district voted 6-1 in favor of a hybrid learning model for the fall Thursday evening.

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The vote came after a four hour meeting with members of the school board, principals from various schools and health officials.

Earlier this week, Superintendent John Magas proposed a fall plan that allowed elementary school students to return in person, while junior high and high school students learned at a distance. 

But, Magas said the Duluth school district decided to move towards a hybrid learning model for all students instead after receiving feedback from the community and seeing a climb in COVID-19 cases here in the Northland.

In the hybrid learning model, students will be divided into groups and attend school in-person part time.

Under current planning, elementary students could attend school in person two days per week and take part in distance learning three days per week, while junior high and high school students could attend school one day per week and take part in distance learning four days per week.

To ensure students are ready to take part in the hybrid model, the Duluth school district said they plan to have some students spend the first nine days of school in enhanced distance learning as they take part in welcome activities with their teachers and fellow students.

The district said families who do not wish to send their child to in-person learning can choose distance learning.

Magas noted the hybrid model for all students was a more conservative approach, however, he said that the district made their decision to move towards this model out of an abundance of caution.

Duluth families are being asked to complete a back to school form about which model they intend to choose. A link to that can be found here.

School and district staff will be reaching out to families who may not have access to the survey online to discuss their plans and needs.

A full recording of the Duluth school district's meeting can be listened to here.

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