Detroit Lakes Public Schools Moving All Buildings To Hybrid on October 19th

Detroit Lakes Public Schools Moving All Buildings To Hybrid on October 19th Click to Enlarge

Detroit Lakes Public Schools has made the announcement that all of their buildings will begin a hybrid learning model beginning on Monday, October 19th following the MEA Break.

The announcement came in an e-mail from DL Superintendent Mark Jenson on Monday afternoon, where he cites the climbing number of COVID-19 cases in Becker County as a reason for the switch.

"Our hope that our cases in the area would begin to drop after Labor Day are simply not happening," wrote Jenson. "We are at our highest weekly case count in Becker County since the pandemic started. While our county numbers continue to rise, we are also seeing cases occur within our school buildings. Virtually every building has been impacted by a positive case."

Beginning on Monday, October 19th, the Roosevelt and Rossman elementary schools will be moving to the hybrid model. School Readiness classes at the Lincoln Education Center will continue to operate in the same capacity as classes have already been operating at reduced ratios. The Middle and High Schools have already been in the hybrid model since school began.

The schools will remain in the hybrid model for at least two weeks, when school leaders will reassess the numbers.

"This ultimately comes down to our community members assisting us in bringing the positive case rates down, said Jenson. "Social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and following proper hygiene will assist in this. We all need to do our part to bring the numbers down and bring our kids back safely into the building."





Full letter from Mark Jenson:


Dear Laker Families,

I want to thank you for your support and patience as we continue to work through the numerous and ever-changing issues related to COVID-19. Your children's teachers have been put to the test this year as we move through different scenarios and model changes and they are doing incredible work to continue your child's education. Unfortunately, our hope that our cases in the area would begin to drop after Labor Day are simply not happening. We are at our highest weekly case count in Becker County since the pandemic started. While our county numbers continue to rise, we are also seeing cases occur within our school buildings. Virtually every building has been impacted by a positive case. The other concerning factor is that we are beginning to see more school aged children testing positive. I have spent the weekend and today working with Becker County Health and our Regional Support Team (which is comprised of professionals from both the MN Department of Education and MN Department of Health) and we have concluded that based on our current county numbers as well as the cases involving our schools, we will need to move our learning model to all hybrid K-12. For those who have not yet experienced the "hybrid model", this mode of instruction is such that your child(ren) will attend school in-person on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, depending on which grouping they were assigned to previously. On Friday's and the two days opposite their in-person days, instruction takes place remotely, away from school. This model reduces the number of students in our buildings on a given day by half, allowing greater social distancing, less chance of exposure, etc.

Beginning on Monday, October 19th, the elementary schools will be moving to the hybrid model. The Middle and High School have been learning by way of the hybrid model since the start of the school year. The elementary school principals will be sending you more specific information regarding scheduling and programming. School Readiness classes at the Lincoln Education Center will continue to operate in the same capacity as classes have already been operating at reduced ratios. I do recognize the many issues that this will create and so wanted to give you some time to prepare. There may be school-age childcare available for eligible families on those days your child is not attending school in-person. An eligible family is defined as a family where no parent or guardian is available to care for a child due to employment as a critical worker. Pre-registration and the meeting of qualifications is required. Drop in child care will not be available. If you have questions about your eligibility or need more information about this resource, contact Annmarie Lacher at 218-847-4417 ext. 6101 or email alacher@detlakes.k12.mn.us (emailing is preferred).

The schools will remain in the hybrid model for at least two weeks and we will reassess throughout that time. This ultimately comes down to our community members assisting us in bringing the positive case rates down. Social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and following proper hygiene will assist in this. We all need to do our part to bring the numbers down and bring our kids back safely into the building.

Thank you,

Mark Jenson

Superintendent, Detroit Lakes Public Schools

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