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School's out—but learning isn’t: More schools go to temporary distance learning

by Karin L. Nauber

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wage war throughout the world, closer to home, the number of cases also continues to rise prompting several local districts to switch learning models once again.

As of Monday, November 2, all 7-12 graders began distance learning at Bertha-Hewitt School. Sports are not affected at this time.

In a letter to parents/guardians from Browerville Principal Patrick J. Sutlief, “Students’ safe learning is our top priority. With the guidance of Todd County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Browerville Public Schools determined to shift to FULL DISTANCE LEARNING for grades K-12 starting Monday, November 16.

“There was a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Todd County and in Browerville. As a result, Browerville Public School is experiencing challenges in staffing the building with essential personnel.

“The shift to full distance learning is due to these challenges.

“Our goal is to return to full, in-person learning for grades K-6, and hybrid learning for grades 7-12 beginning Monday, November 30.

“During full distance learning for grades K-12, Browerville Public School will continue to provide lunches for pick up at the high school gym entrance. Browerville Public School will also continue providing school-aged child care for children of Tier I (healthcare, food/agriculture, law enforcement, etc.) employees. Contact the school office for more information at 320-594-2272. . .

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