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From the Superintendent - Elementary Distance Learning


Dear Hermantown Parents,


It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that we are going distance learning at preschool and the elementary school starting after Thanksgiving break.


Today, I met with the regional health team and was strongly recommended to go distance learning. Students will come in next week either Tuesday or Wednesday depending on their hybrid schedule and take materials home for distance learning. This may change to just materials pick-up if cases grow over the weekend and more staff end up in quarantine.


My hope is to get students back into the classrooms as soon as possible. With case rates jumping on a daily basis, I realistically don’t see PK-12 students returning before Christmas break.  Please continue to let the school know if your child has tested positive or is being quarantined.  We will use this local data when we meet with the regional health team as we work to bring students back to school.


During this time staff will all work diligently to provide the best distance learning experience possible. A survey will be sent out in January to get feedback on ways we can continually improve.


We will continue to provide child care for tier one workers, but it will be on a very limited basis as our dedicated group of paraprofessional staff has a decreased capacity to meet all of the needs.  


As a family and a community please wear face masks, wash hands and physically distance yourselves. I am thankful for the time we were able to have students in our buildings.


Wayne Whitwam
Hermantown Superintendent