School board adds factors for opening schools during Covid-19

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by Mike Knaak news@thenewsleaders.com Decisions on future changes to learning plans during the Covid-19 pandemic will now be based on more factors than just county-wide case numbers, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board decided at its Oct. 19 meeting. As the school year began, whether students would learn in person, in a hybrid model or distance learning was based on the

Fewer younger students in school

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by Mike Knaak news@thenewsleaders.com There are fewer younger students attending school this fall and parents’ concerns about Covid-19 are at least part of the reason. There are 250 kindergarten students this fall, compared with 311 at the end of last year. Sartell-St. Stephen school district leaders expected a year-to-year decrease of about 35 students instead of the actual drop of

‘Snow days’ are most recent victim of Covid-19

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by Mike Knaak news@thenewsleaders.com Even snow days are getting a new look in the time of Covid-19. With some students learning at least part time from home and others in schools, how to handle the traditional Minnesota routine of calling off school for extreme winter weather needed an update, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board decided at its Oct. 19 meeting.