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Duluth School Board approves extending winter break

Duluth Public Schools winter break will be extended by two days.

Duluth Public Schools
(Graphic by Adelle Whitefoot / awhitefoot@duluthnews.com)

The Duluth School Board approved two additional days of winter break Tuesday night.

Dec. 22 and Jan. 3 will be added to the winter break and district offices will be closed.

“With general staffing shortages, many unfilled positions and a shortage of temporary help, every position in the district has been impacted," Superintendent John Magas said in a news release. “We also want to ensure student, staff and family safety by providing COVID testing opportunities for students and staff as they return to school from our winter break."

Magas said the district is working with community partners to provide food and mental health support, as well as child care associated with the extension. He said the district is also partnering with Essentia Health to offer staff and student booster clinics prior to winter break as well as voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and students on Jan. 3.

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