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Schools continue dance with Covid


October 9, 2020

Jana Peterson

Ava Mead catches up on her schoolwork Tuesday on her front porch, taking advantage of warm fall weather to study with her school-issued iPad. Cloquet middle- and high school students started hybrid learning on Wednesday. Mead, a middle school student, said she'd rather go to school in person but doesn't mind working from home.

Some local schools are reacting to a rise in local Covid-19 cases with a change in learning styles, while others are holding steady, largely because they started the school year doing something other than in-person learning for all grades.

The trigger for the change is a "county health number" put out by the Minnesota Department of Health every Thursday morning that shows a two-week average of Covid cases per 10,000 people. Last Thursday, that number came in at 11.24, crossing the benchmark of 10 per 10,000 that requires secondary students to adopt a hybrid learning style, while elementary...

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