Students in preschool through second grade would stay in their current in-person learning model.
The shift in the current models is due to shortage in staff across the district, especially hitting the elementary staff.
With the upper level grades going to distance learning, this presents the opportunity for students and staff to spread out throughout the ISD 549 campus. The district said it would put an emphasis on learning at that level and this keeps in line with that.
There will be no school for students in third through sixth grade on Nov. 23 and 24 as those will be staff planning days. Nov. 25 was already a planned day off for students as it was a staff development day.
For students in seventh through 12th grade, Cohort A will have in person class on Nov. 23, while Cohort B will have in-person class on Nov. 24. Those days will allow students to meet their new teachers as they begin the new trimester. Nov. 25 was already scheduled as a Staff Development day and will be used as a staff planning day.
Distance learning will begin on Nov. 30 for students in the Perham-Dent School District.
Teachers and support staff will report to their classrooms during the distance learning period that begins on Nov. 30. However, the buildings will be closed during the distance learning period in January until the return to the in-person and hybrid learning models.
The district apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, and thanks you for your support during this transition period. The plans are subject to change as the situation is fluid.
Information about meals, material pickup, essential child care and distance learning expectations will be announced later in the week through each school building.
District 549 hopes to return to its current model of hybrid learning for 7-12th grade students and in-person learning model for kindergarten through sixth grade students on Jan. 19.
District 549 used the “scalpel approach,” which allowed the district within the same county to have different learning models. During the process, the district took into account not only the county-level case data when determining the learning models, but also the number of confirmed cases, quarantines, and close contacts in our school community, each school building within our district, and other data such as individuals with influenza-like illness. Since our last update, the data suggests that the district make the move to full distance learning. It indicates there is an uncontrolled community spread with a significant degree of impact on the school community.
Yellowjacket Activities are currently carrying on as normal within their current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota State High School League. There is a lot of talk and speculation of some impending adjustments by the Governor. Until we know for sure what those adjustments are and receive our guidance from the league, Perham activities will continue as normal. As a reminder, when a school district elects to go to a distance learning model, activities can continue to operate under their guidance and protocols. We will certainly keep our families and students updated on any changes and adjustments to our activities programs.