Verndale School switches to hybrid

by Trinity Gruenberg

The high school students at the Verndale School will transition to hybrid learning beginning October 19.

The projected numbers for positive COVID-19 showed over the 10 per 10,000 case rate threshold and was at 11.3 as of October 8, and 18.32 on October 15.

According to Superintendent Paul Brownlow, they have two confirmed cases in the school and several people in their school community are quarantined.

They have consulted with the Wadena County Public Health, MN Department of Health, and the regional support team at Sourcewell to determine their next steps and decided to begin the hybrid learning model.

There will be no changes for pre-K through 6th grade and they will remain in-person. Targeted Services and after school child care remains the same.

The schedule will have 7th-9th grade students in school on Mondays and Thursdays. The 10th-12th grade students will be in school on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be used to provide additional support to students. On the days students are not in school, they will be distance learning.

“When students are not in school, they will be expected to actively participate in distance learning. This would require daily attendance and check-ins for students,” explained Brownlow. . .

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