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Duluth elementary shifts students to remote learning

Laura MacArthur Elementary School is moving third through fifth graders online for the rest of the week due to COVID-19 impacts on staff.

Laura MacArthur Elementary School
Laura MacArthur Elementary School as seen in 2019.
Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Staffing shortages at Laura MacArthur Elementary School are forcing a shift of third through fifth graders to remote learning beginning Tuesday.

Students are expected to return to in-person learning Jan. 31, a Duluth Public Schools news release said Monday.

The district reported that Laura MacArthur has seen 25%-35% of its staff out since Jan. 3 due to illness or COVID-19 exposure and protocols for themselves or family members.

“We understand the significant impact remote learning will have on district families,” Superintendent John Magas said. “We want our students to learn in our buildings and continue to do everything possible to do so safely, but this pause will allow our staff time to get healthy.”

Families are being notified of the changes. Students in pre-K through second grade will continue to attend in-person learning during normal school hours.

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Bus routes will remain the same for impacted students this week.

Students shifting to remote learning will be sent home with materials and devices Monday for use during remote learning.

Tuesday will be a transition day with no instruction, the district said.

Starting Wednesday, students will use Choice Boards as a basis for engagement with teachers. Choice Boards are similar to a bingo card with multiple daily choices of academic activities featuring a variety of age-related topics.

Bagged meals will be offered for students in remote learning. Cold breakfast and lunch can be picked up each day at the front door from 11 a.m. to noon. Meals will not be provided in the event of a weather-related closure.

After-school activities, such as Keyzone, Northwoods mental health support and Valley Youth Center, will continue to run as scheduled.

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