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Duluth Public Schools take action against COVID-19

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DULUTH,MN--A suburban Minneapolis school district became the first in Minnesota to cancel classes over concerns about the coronavirus. 

While that's not the recommendation from state leaders, Duluth Public School officials say they are preparing for that possibility. 

Duluth's Assistant Superintendent Jeff Horton acknowledged COVID-19 has created anxiety among parents, faculty, and students.

Horton says the school is following guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and Education.

Officials say student and staff safety is the main priority for the schools. 

Horton says all their decisions and prevention efforts are in line with state department guidelines.

They are working with other school districts across the state to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Horton says, "The Minnesota Department of Health and MDE are telling us that closing schools is not the decision to be made right now. That schools will remain open,  will that change in the future? It might, are we developing contingency plans if that were to happen? Absolutley." 

Horton says if schools were to close, they are making plans to help families and students who rely on free and reduced lunch services. 

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Emma Quinn

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