School hasn’t started yet and both Mora and Ogilvie public schools have needed to change plans. Originally ready to hold in-person classes for all grades starting Sept. 8, classes for grades 7-12 have switched to a hybrid model of learning. Elementary classes will still be held in person.
The hybrid learning model is a mix between in-person and distance learning. Students are divided into “A” group and “B” group, then alternates which group learns from home, and which learns in person.
The switch comes as Kanabec County’s 14-day COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 people climbed to over 10.
“We will continue to analyze current COVID-19 Kanabec County case data weekly to determine the trend in cases. Our plan is to re-evaluate all data on or around September 24 with Kanabec County Public Health, MDE, and MDH to determine if Mora Schools will transition to a new phase,” wrote Mora Public Schools Superintendent Dan Voce in a letter to parents Aug. 31.
Ogilvie will be re-assessing the learning model on Sept. 16.
“Making this change was a decision not taken lightly. You have our commitment to always consider the safety of our students, families and staff as our highest priority,” wrote Ogilvie Superintendent Kathy Belsheim.