Cloquet Public Schools seventh through 12th graders will switch from in-person learning to hybrid starting Monday.

According to Superintendent Michael Cary, this switch is due to an increase in cases in Carlton County. Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education guidelines state schools should shift to hybrid learning for secondary students when county 14-day COVID-19 case rates increase above 10 cases per 10,000 county residents. The most recent data from the Department of Health shows Carlton County case rates at 11.25.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will continue with full in-person learning. Monday and Tuesday there will be no school for seventh through 12th graders to allow teachers to plan for the transition to the hybrid model, Cary said in a news release.

"It is critical that our students attend school on Friday, Oct. 2 to allow teachers to provide instruction and materials for hybrid learning," Cary said.

The first day of hybrid learning will be Wednesday and will continue until the district receives two consecutive weeks in which 14-day case rates per 10,000 residents fall below 10.

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Students will attend in-person one day a week and distance learn two days. Students will be split into three groups — A, B or C — and only attend in person on the calendar days which match their group. Group information and calendar will be shared with students and families.

For the first week of hybrid learning the days of attendance are as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 5: No school for seventh through 12th grades
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6: No school for seventh through 12 grades
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: Group A in person; Group B and C online
  • Thursday, Oct. 8: Group B in person; Group A and C online
  • Friday, Oct. 9: Group C in person; Group A and B online