Park Rapids Schools Superintendent Lance Bagstad announced Sunday evening that the district will be in operation on Monday, March 16, but will be closed from March 17 through March 27.

Sunday morning, Gov. Tim Walz announced the closures of all schools to students in Minnesota beginning Wednesday, March 18.

In a letter to parents, Bagstad said, "This closure is to provide staff time to plan, develop and implement educational services for students in the event of a longer school closure. We will also be using this time to deep clean the school facilities and buses. On Monday, we will use the day to prepare students and staff for Distance Learning days. During days of staff planning, expect district staff to contact families inquiring about individual student needs and materials, such as nutrition, instructional and technology. We want to ensure we have the necessary items available for students and families to provide a meaning learning experience during this time."

The school plans to provide breakfast and lunch for students. "More information will be sent to families on options. If you know you will be utilizing school lunch services, please contact the school as soon as possible so we will know how many to prepare," Bagstad wrote.

Members of the emergency services profession (law enforcement, fire department, EMTs, etc.) and/or the medical profession (direct care staff) who have school-aged children between the ages of 4 and 12 are also asked to contact the school as soon as possible. "We will make arrangements to provide Century Adventures available for your children," Bagstad said.

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