UPDATE: Menahga middle and high school to reopen Thursday

A shortage of staff for grades 7-12 due to quarantines lead to the temporary closure.

Menahga Superintendent Kevin Wellen sent out an alert to district families on Sunday, saying, "I am sorry to say that we have too many staff on quarantine to operate grades 7-12 in person right now. There will be no school for grades 7-12 on Monday, Oct. 26 while we evaluate all available options to stay in person, and to transition to distance learning if necessary. Staff will reach out to students and families Monday, as soon as we have a plan for the rest of the week. Hopefully, it will be only a short-term requirement before we can return to in person for kindergarten through twelfth grade. "

By Monday afternoon, Wellen reported, "We have come up with a plan that can safely bring back grades 7 through 12 for in person learning starting this Thursday, Oct. 29. This means those students will be distance learning tomorrow and Wednesday. "

PreK through sixth grade will continue to be in person, Wellen continued, adding that the district was "doing everything possible to keep school in person for all because we feel it is the best thing for our kids."

Wellen asked for "everyone's help. Please remember the way to keep us in person is to keep your kids home if they have symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID test. If someone in the household tests positive, keep all of the children in the household home until the quarantine is over. If you have questions, call the school nurse or your county public health department."

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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