Proctor Public Schools is planning to bring all secondary school students back to the classroom in February.
This will be the first time since March that all secondary school students will have in-person classes. The district started the year with elementary students in hybrid and secondary students in distance learning with a few exceptions based on needs.
Students in 10th, 11th, 12th and sixth grades will begin hybrid learning Feb. 9. Those in seventh through ninth grades will begin hybrid learning Feb. 22.
Elementary school students in pre-K-2 will begin full in-person learning Feb. 9. Third through fifth grades will begin full in-person learning Feb. 22.
The Minnesota Department of Education requires no more than three grades be reintroduced into a building in a two-week period.
The Department of Education also requires districts to implement two planning days when moving between learning models, so there will be no student learning or child care Feb. 4-5 for the purposes of planning.
Distance learning is still being offered as an option to every student.
New guidance released by the state of Minnesota in December prioritizes in-person learning for elementary school students. Districts were allowed to bring back their young students to in-person learning beginning Jan. 18 as long as the district offers on-site COVID-19 saliva testing every two weeks to staff members who come in contact with students, as well as other mitigation requirements.
Proctor Public Schools joins Hermantown Community Schools in moving secondary school students to hybrid learning as COVID-19 numbers remain low in the area. Superior Public Schools has also moved its secondary school students to a hybrid learning model where they are taking in-person classes twice a week.
Duluth Public Schools is the only public school district in the Twin Ports area that has not brought its secondary students back into classrooms or doesn't currently have plans to bring back its secondary students.
Harbor City International Charter School started the school year distance learning and continues with this learning model for the time being. Duluth Edison Charter Schools has no plans to bring back its sixth through eighth graders to hybrid or in-person learning, but hopes to do so later this spring.
This story originally mischaracterized Harbor City International Charter School's learning model. It was updated at 6:21 p.m. (Jan. 26). The News Tribune regrets the error.