Nevis School's learning models are changing

The Nevis School COVID management team made a decision to adjust the district’s learning model starting Monday, Oct. 5.

Students in pre-K through fifth grade, who were previously doing their learning in person, will be in the hybrid model, attending school two days per week and working from home on the other three days.

Students in grades 6-12 that were previously in the hybrid model will be in the distance-learning model working from home.

Superintendent Gregg Parks said the decision was based on the surge in the number of cases in Hubbard County and the presence of COVID-19 spread in the school buildings.

“The Hubbard County 14-day rate per 10,000 residents has risen to above 30, which is a real-time estimate compared to the two-week delayed case rate published by the Minnesota Department of Health,” he said.


“We believe that now is the time to be proactive and transition to the hybrid model which follows the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health. We plan on staying in the hybrid model for grades pre-K through grades 5 and distance learning for 6-12 for a minimum of three weeks ending around Oct. 26. We will continuously evaluate the situation and make recommendations to return to an In-Person model when it is considered safe.”

School lunches will be available to all students for the days they are at home. Parents should contact Kathy in the district office (652-3500) if they do not wish to have meals sent home with their student.

“We would like to thank the faculty and community for their continued understanding and commitment to keeping our kids and staff safe,” Parks said. “Our goal is to manage our environment as well as possible and get back to a more traditional setting when we can do so safely.”

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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