*Updated* Moorhead Area Public Schools Announces Learning Model Changes

December 18, 2020

*Updated on 12/30/20*

Moorhead Area Public Schools has updated learning model plans for students starting January 5, 2021 in accordance with revised guidance in the Minnesota Department of Education Safe Learning Plan. With a goal of getting students back into the classrooms as quickly as possible, the district has received approval from the state’s regional response team to adjust the learning model transitions based on refined guidance the state released on December 21 .

Students in PreK - Grade 2 will begin in-person learning on January 5 as previously announced. Students in Grades 3–8 will begin hybrid learning on January 6 and transition to in-person learning on January 19. Moorhead High School will transition to hybrid learning at the beginning of Semester Two, January 25. All transitions will depend on favorable local COVID conditions and ability to maintain effective health protocols to ensure a safe learning and work environment for all staff and students.

“Our students want to be in school. Our parents, staff and administrators know kids need to be in school. We are thrilled that the State’s Regional Response team was receptive to our updated plan to get students back into the classroom. Since we know that these plans will only be successful with continued mitigation work by our entire community, we remain grateful for the support and partnership of our staff, families and community,” said Superintendent Dr. Brandon Lunak.

Meal distribution will continue in the new year and the district will continue to provide school age childcare for Tier 1 workers through January 15.