Hundreds of Grand Forks students start their classes

Monday, Aug. 31 marked the first day of classes for hundreds of students.

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South Middle School was one of many who started welcoming students back on Monday, Aug. 31. WDAY file photo

GRAND FORKS — Students from kindergarten through ninth grade started off their school year through a variety of social distancing plans to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner, K-8 students will go through all in-person learning for now, while ninth grade through 12th grade will do hybrid learning every other day unless they chose to do distance learning.

Despite the difference in plans, Brenner said most teachers and students have been fans of them on the first day.

"Everybody's pretty excited to see each other again, whether that's faculty seeing faculty, or kids seeing kids, or kids seeing faculty and vice-versa, so I'd say the vibe is quite positive," he said.


Along with learning plans, Brenner underlines testing plans he has in case there are confirmed cases.

He said while students aren't required to test for COVID-19 yet, the district will monitor the situation on a daily basis.

"I'm not saying (student testing is) out of the question," Brenner said. "Our students all arrived (Monday), and we don't know who are carriers."

Students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade will start on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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