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Back to school: Duluth, other Northland school districts return to class

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DULUTH, MN-- The Duluth Public School District returned to class on Tuesday.

During the 2020-2021 school year, students participated in a blend of in-person and distance learning.

This year, however, students will return to classes full-time.

According to a survey put out by the district, fewer than 30 percent of students were comfortable with a distance learning model last year.

At this time, distance learning will not be an option through the district, but high school students who wish to can enroll in the Academic Excellence Online High School.

All students, staff, and public visitors ages 2 and older to Duluth public school buildings will be required to wear masks or face coverings regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 vaccines are not currently required, but the school district is strongly encouraging and recommending those 12 and older get the vaccine.

East High School and Denfeld High School will be hosting vaccine clinics throughout the fall.

Superintendent John Magas said safety and learning are the most important things, and the district is excited to welcome students back.

"This time of year is a flurry of activity when everyone is working as hard as humanly possible to be ready for a great start to the school year," Magas said. "We're ready for a safe and productive and positive start to the school year."

The district will also be implementing other safety measures like proper hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting common areas, increased ventilation, and more.

The district's COVID plan could change if cases in staff and students rise or if guidance from health officials change.

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Larissa Milles

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