Detroit Lakes High School To Start Online Only After COVID Case

Detroit Lakes High School To Start Online Only After COVID Case Click to Enlarge

Less than 24 hours before school was supposed to start at Detroit Lakes High School, the school is changing up their learning model after a positive COVID-19 test.

"We were notified by the MDH of a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of the Detroit Lakes High School community with exposure dates of September 9 and 10," superintendent Mark Jenson wrote in an e-mail to parents. "We have worked with MDH to identify those who had close contact with the case, and have communicated with them individually. Working with MDH, our Regional Support Team, and our local COVID Response Team at the district, it has been determined that Detroit Lakes High school will be moving into a full distance learning model to start the school year."

Classes were supposed to resume at DLHS for the first time since mid-March on Monday September 14th. Instead, there will be no classes that day as the day will be used as a workshop day for teaches to prepare for the new model. Online classes will begin for high school students on Tuesday, September 15th.

Jenson also says in the e-mail that all High School activities will be moved to virtual only until September 25th. Athletic Director Rob Nielsen told KDLM that as of now, all activities are cancelled.

"We will get additional clarification tomorrow (Monday the 14th), but I am anticipating that there will be no games or practices this week."

While the High School will move to the distance learning model, the plans for the middle school and elementary schools remain the same. The Middle School will begin the year in the hybrid model, and Rossman and Roosevelt Elementary Schools beginning with in-school learning.

Any questions can be directed to Superintendent Mark Jenson by e-mailing him at

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