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Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan

Update 8.17.2021:  There have been some new developments from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education relating to Back to School planning for Minnesota schools. We are in the process of finalizing the details of our Pequot Lakes Safe Return to In-Person Learning plan. This plan will be based on current information from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. Any further guidance/requirements could change some components of the plan.

Below are two highlights of the plan relating to the learning model and face coverings/masks.

Learning Model: All students will return to in-person learning five days a week, with some possible online classes offered at the high school.
Estimated school times:
Elementary: 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
HS/MS: 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Face Coverings/Masks: Based on MDH guidance, masks are encouraged, especially for those that are not vaccinated, but will not be required except for on school buses and vans (federal requirement for all people on public transportation).

More details of the Pequot Lakes Safe Return to In-Person Learning plan will be shared as soon as they are available. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration.

Based upon input from our local community and current guidance from the MN Department of Education (MDE), Pequot Lakes Public Schools plans to return to normal in-person learning for fall 2021-22 unless a different approach is required by the MDE as fall approaches.  The calendar for the 2021-22 school year can be found on the Calendars page of the district website.  Here are some details about the safe return to school plan:
  • Custodial staff will continue the more robust cleaning schedule during the school day to help minimize the transmission of germs.  
  • Teachers and staff will continue to be provided with cleaning materials in classrooms to wipe down high-touch areas more frequently.  
  • Outside air intake levels will continue to run at the increased levels established for 2020-21.
  • Buses will continue to be disinfected after each route.  
  • Students will continue to be provided with a Chromebook to facilitate personalized learning and to help learning continue during absences in the event that quarantine requirements are reinstated. 
  • The school district will continue to implement e-learning days for school closures due to weather.  
During the 2020-21 school year, the teachers normally working as interventionists were all assigned regular teaching assignments to create smaller classes that met the MDE Safe Learning Plan requirements.  For 2021-22, all interventionists will return to providing interventions for students that need additional support.  In addition, the school board approved adding four teaching positions for 2021-22 to help provide additional supports and enrichments for students who need it.