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Increased COVID Rates Cause Schools to Switch Learning Models

The following school districts have announced a change in their learning models after an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last 14-day reporting period.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the recommended policy options are based on the case rate per 10,000 people.

It was announced this week that Pine County had exceeded 10 per 10,000 and that Kanabec County had exceeded 20 per 10,000.

Schools in Pine County will move to a less restrictive hybrid model where pre-K-6 will remain in person, and high school students will work in a hybrid model. Both East Central and Willow River Schools will have no classes on Sept. 28 and 29, off to prepare, hold Sept. 30 as a distance learning day, and begin in the new model on Oct. 1.

Pine City Schools will begin in the new model on Monday, Sept 28. Hinckley-Finlayson Schools will remain in a distance learning model until at least Oct. 2 and make a decision from there.

Mora Public Schools will continue with a more restrive hybrid learning model, which will affect all students K-12. Students will be split into two groups that will alternate having class in person. Mora Superintendent Dan Voce says they will stay in this model until at least Oct. 15.

Braham Public Schools will have in-person classes every day for students K-7. A letter to parents says that students in 8th-grade will have in-person class on Tuesdays, 9th-grade students will have in-person class on Wednesdays, 10th-grade students will have in-person class on Thursdays, and 11th and 12th-grade students will have in-person class on Fridays. Students not engaging with in-person classes will be distance learning.

This story is developing and more information will be added as it becomes available.

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