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EDUCATION

By the 2023-2024 school year, school officials want to start transitioning the entire elementary to an outdoor, play-and-inquiry-based, environment-focused school.
The resolution comes ahead of the board's looming decisions regarding cuts to programs and positions.
The new policy will go into effect Jan. 26 through "at least" Feb. 9.
After seeing negative impacts on learning and student mental health during sustained periods of distance learning over the pandemic, going back online is a move school leaders are still reluctant to take.

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The annual scholarship fundraiser will once again feature a Wall of Wine, but other events, including a raffle and a drawing for Minnesota Wild tickets, will be virtual.
Co-curricular activities, transportation and electives were all on the table as options for cuts during discussion at the Committee of the Whole Meeting.
The National School Boards Association asked the FBI to address harassment and threats at school board meetings across the country as parents packed meetings to oppose COVID-19 precautions and the way districts handled topics like race and gender.
Substitute teacher pay, masking and isolation changes and vaccination requirements were action items at the Wrenshall School Board meeting Monday evening.
The Esko School Board approved a policy which requires staff to be vaccinated or wear a mask and be subject to weekly testing while working in the district.
Unvaccinated employees are required to wear a mask and submit to weekly testing under the policy.

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The measure requires unvaccinated employees to wear a mask and undergo weekly testing.
After closing school early for the holidays and implementing a mask mandate when students and staff returned, the Wrenshall School Board plans to monitor cases for a two-week period before making a decision on the mandate.
Judi Vitito has accepted a position as the director of curriculum and learning for Proctor Public Schools.

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