Duluth schools preparing for possibility of shutting down sports and activities

Updated: October 14, 2020 10:59 PM

Duluth schools are preparing for the possibility of shutting activities down due to a rise in local COVID-19 cases. That would include athletics and fine arts.  

A copy of an email from Duluth East Principal Danette Seboe says they want families to be aware. She said the information will be included in Thursday's district newsletter but that "high schools have been asked to share today." 

"Our regional team (MN Department of Health, St. Louis County) may recommend shutdown if the St. Louis County bi-weekly case rate for schools for the Duluth area reaches 30 or higher for 3 weeks in a row," the email says. 

The last Minnesota Department of Health report for the period of Sept. 13-26 put St. Louis County at a case rate per 10,000 people of 27.89. It will be updated Thursday. 

According to the email from Principal Seboe, if rates are above 30 when they are reported on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, "steps may be taken to shut down high school activities." She says it would take three weeks of rates under 30 in order to start them back up again. 

Principal Seboe said they will keep families informed if a shutdown does occur. 

District spokesperson Katie Kaufman said they are sharing this information to encourage the community to follow protocols and keep COVID-19 numbers down. 

"We want to continue to be able to provide these activities for students," Kaufman said in an email to WDIO News.

Duluth middle and high school students have been distance learning from the start of the academic year. 

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