MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Several Twin Cities school districts are joining Minneapolis public schools to temporarily switch to distance learning amid increasing cases of COVID-19 and staff shortages.
So far, ten districts have announced this decision:
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* Brooklyn Center Community Schools
* Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools
* Farmington area public schools
* Fridley Public School District
* Minnetonka Public Schools
* Schools in the Osséo region
* Richfield Public Schools
* Rochester Public Schools
* Roseville public schools
* Shakopee Public Schools
Students at Brooklyn Center Middle School and Brooklyn Center High School switched to distance education on Monday, while elementary students at Early College Academy and Brooklyn Center switched on Wednesday. The district plans to return to in-person learning on Jan.31.
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage public schools will switch to distance education this Thursday and Friday, but the district plans to return in person next Tuesday.
In Farmington, students in grades 6 to 12 will have a “flexible learning day” on Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday will be flexible days across the district.
Students in the Fridley Public School District switched to distance education on Monday. District officials have not given a possible return date in person.
Minnetonka Public Schools say elementary students will continue to learn in person, but middle school and high school students will switch to online learning from Friday January 14 through Friday January 21. High school students will have the opportunity to come to the school building to do online learning on site.
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Elementary students from Osseo Area Schools switched to distance education on Tuesday, while high school students made the switch on Wednesday. Students will return to class on January 24.
Richfield plans to step away for the rest of the week and return next Tuesday.
Rochester Public Schools will switch to distance education next Tuesday, with plans to return to in-person learning on January 28.
Roseville will switch to distance education for two weeks starting next week. The district also canceled the school on Friday. Roseville plans to return to in-person learning on Jan.31.
And Shakopee Public Schools will also switch to distance education next Tuesday and return to in-person learning on January 28.
Health and education officials told WCCO on Tuesday that the Minnesotans should expect to continue to experience disruption as the most contagious Omicron variant spreads.
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Minnesota’s average positivity rate has now jumped to 19.1%, the highest on record.