Independent School District 549 will return to its original model after its self imposed distance learning comes to an end on Jan. 18. The decision was made during a meeting of the ISD 549 Incident Command Team.
The decision will move ISD 549 back into an in-person model for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, while seven through 12th grade students will return to the hybrid model on Jan. 19.
ISD 549 Superintendent Mitch Anderson said the numbers are going in the right direction and that a lot of the schools are looking at returning.
Otter Tail County Assistant Public Health Director Kristi Wentworth said the area is seeing a decline in cases and that the 14-day case rate for the county is down to 66 and estimated to be below 50 for the first time in quite awhile.
It was decided during the meeting that the best way to return would be to the original model of in-person for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and hybrid model for seven through 12th grade.
ISD 549 continues to work towards returning to an in person model across the district by using the scalpel model and looking at localized data, such as the 14-day case rate and zip code data. The district will continue to review the local data and staffing situation upon return to the in-person and hybrid models.