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Latest COVID data prompts Hibbing to change some students’ learning model

HIBBING, MN -- After starting the school year Wednesday with all students learning in the classroom, Hibbing High School announced Thursday it's changing course and moving some students to a hybrid model.

According to Superintedent Richard Aldrich, they based the decision on St. Louis County's current COVID-19 numbers and the district's "Restart Plan."

Starting Monday, September 14, Aldrich said 7-12th grade students will move to a hybrid learning model. Elementary students will continue learning in person.

The Hibbing School District will not be holding classes on Friday, September 11. It will be used as a teacher planning day, the district said.

The school district plans to issue guidance to on hybrid learning soon.

As of Thursday, county data showed a 10.8 case rate per 10,000 residents in Greater St. Louis County.

Based on Governor Tim Walz's recommendations, school districts should consider a hybrid learning model when their county reports a case rate greater than 10.

According to the state's Safe Learning Plan, the county case data leads to five recommended learning models:

0-9 cases per 10,000: In-person learning for all students
10-19 cases per 10,000: In-person learning for elementary students, hybrid learning for secondary students
20-29 cases per 10,000: Hybrid learning for all students
30-49 cases per 10,000: Hybrid learning for elementary students, distance learning for secondary students
50 or more cases per 10,000: Distance learning for all students

Briggs LeSavage

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