As of right now, the Duluth Public Schools are planning a return to in-person, in-classroom learning when the school year kicks off in the fall.  Those plans include holding class five days a week, but with continued COVID-19 protocols to keep everyone safe.

According to details released on the Duluth School Districts (ISD 709) website, Superintendent John Magas offered a pledge of transparency as the year gets underway:

"As we prepare to welcome students back for the 2021-22 school year, Duluth Public Schools will continue to prioritize student learning needs while protecting the health and safety of students and staff and monitor any impact of COVID-19 on school operations.

This message is to share our current plans for returning to school in September. If changes are necessary between now and the first day of school we’ll communicate with staff and families as quickly as possible. The Duluth Public Schools Safe Learning Plan, along with updates, is posted on this web page."

The district also intends to coordinate their efforts with the St. Louis County Department of Health.  Current COVID-19 numbers will be analyzed to determine if a change of course will be necessary.

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Duluth schools have operated under a "Safe Learning Plan" in regards to the pandemic.  Here's an overview of what directs their actions and what they have planned for the fall:

  • A return to fine day, in-person learning for all grades in September
  • Continuing to follow COVID cleaning protocols
  • Continuing to provide hand washing and sanitizing stations in schools
  • Mask required for students using district transportation
  • Mask required for students 2 years old through 5th grade and staff working with those students
  • Vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 are strongly recommended and encouraged, but are not required by the school district. For staff and students who are symptomatic, the district decision tree will be followed
  • Unvaccinated students and staff strongly encouraged to use masks inside school buildings

The full document is available for review on the district website by clicking here.

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