In a Remark Principal Jenny Wiese said to parents and guardians on Friday that 8.1% of 5th graders and 5.9% of 6th graders are currently positive.
“There are about 160 students in fifth grade, and currently thirteen of them have tested positive to our knowledge,” said Wayne Whitwam, principal of Hermantown Community Schools. “For now, it’s best to take a break and try to make sure this doesn’t spread here at school.”
Students will still show up to school for in-person classes on Monday, November 15, which will allow the school to send Chromebooks home with all students who need them. The neighborhood also has a limited number of internet access points available for families without internet access.
Students will then participate in online classes starting Tuesday, with in-person learning scheduled to resume after Thanksgiving on Monday, November 29.
“We want all of our students to be healthy and to return to school. We will strive to provide the best possible education throughout this reset. We thank you for your patience and apologize for the difficulties this creates for us. your family, ”Wiese wrote.
Hermantown Middle School 7th and 8th grade students will continue to learn in person.
“We are not going to leave eighth graders at home when there is only one positive case in eighth grade,” Whitwam said. “So we really looked at the fifth and sixth years, those are the years where we have the most cases, so we’re just going to reset them.”
The complete “Safe Return to In-Person Learning” plan for Hermantown Community Schools can be found here.
More information on the school district’s current Covid cases can be found here website.
The latest information on covid, including cases by county, is available here.