GLYNDON, Minn. — Due to an increase in students and staff reporting they have been exposed to or tested positive for the coronavirus, students at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School and Middle School are switching to complete virtual learning for two weeks.
The same is true for high school and junior high school students at the Kindred Public School District.
In the D-G-F School District, the changes were communicated to families via a letter posted on the school district website Sunday, Sept. 13, by Bryan Thygeson, the school district's superintendent.
The entirely virtual learning model will be in place from Sept. 14-25 for high school and middle school students, according to the letter, which stated elementary sites in the district will stay in their current in-person learning mode.
During the period of virtual learning, the district is asking parents to notify their child's school site if their student has been exposed to or tested positive for the coronavirus.
"In the end, our primary goal is to keep our students, staff and community safe. Our other goal, of course is to continue to deliver a world-class education," Thygeson said in the letter posted on the district's website, which can be found here.
Steve Hall, superintendent of schools in Kindred, said Monday that the district has had five confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving high school and junior high students. Those students are involved in the sports of cross country, volleyball and football, he said.
Sports activities in those areas have been suspended for two weeks and students in those grades will do distance learning for the same period of time, according to Hall.
"We feel it was in the best interest to suspend activities and moved to online learning through the 25th (of September)," Hall said, adding that through contact tracing the district has about 100 students who will be in quarantine for two weeks because it was determined they had close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hall said elementary students will continue to attend school in person. The Kindred school district includes the communities of Kindred; Davenport; Hickson; Leonard, Oxbow, and Walcott.
Hall said the district was ready for the possibility of COVID-19 cases cropping up among students, adding it's now a matter of moving toward temporary distance learning for some students.
Heidi Critchley, principal at the D-G-F Middle School, posted a letter on the district's website providing parents with a guide for how distance learning will work for the next two weeks.
For grades 6-8, Critchley said, students should use their Wednesday Google Meet invites to join class, meaning they should go to Wednesday, Sept. 16, on their calendar to join class every day.
"I know this is not how anyone wanted to start the school year," Critchley said in her letter.
"We are focusing on how grateful we are that we were able to have most of our students in class last week to meet them!" she said, adding: "This year is going to bring many challenges and changes. Together, we will work through it with our primary focuses being our students' education and the health and safety of all."
Meanwhile, West Fargo Public Schools let families know over the weekend that a staff member at West Fargo High School tested positive for COVID-19 and that contact tracing was under way to determine who may have had close contact with the individual.