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Hermantown 5th-12th graders shift to distance learning amid COVID spike

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HERMANTOWN, MN -- Starting Monday, November 16, Hermantown Community Schools grades 5th through 12th will do entirely distance learning.

This is due to the large number of staff and students in quarantine.

According to Superintendent Wayne Whitwam, the district has a "severe shortage" of staff.

"Our ability to safely staff our classrooms is at a breaking point and is trending in the wrong direction," Whitwam said.

Students grades K through 4th will remain in the same hybrid-learning model.

Families are asked to stay alert for communication from the schools regarding distance learning format, food service, extracurricular activities, and emergency childcare guidelines.

School leaders will monitor the situation and shift back to in-person learning as soon as they can.

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