MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – St. Cloud Area Schools will transition its younger students to distance learning starting on Nov. 30 because of the rise in COVID-19 cases.
The change will impact preschool, elementary, and alternative programs students; secondary school students are already in the distance learning model.READ MORE: Mayor Frey Hears Community's Concerns Leading Up To The Derek Chauvin Trial
Local health experts in Stearns County are projecting a continued increase in COVID-19 cases over the coming weeks. As the district considered Gov. Tim Walz’s Safe Learning Plan, they also took into account the increasing numbers of students and staff in quarantine.READ MORE: Gov. Walz Calls Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine A 'Game-Changer' After FDA Approval
On Nov. 23 through Nov. 25, there will be no school for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. After the Thanksgiving break, the students will begin distance learning.
At this point, the St. Cloud Area School Districts anticipates a return to the hybrid model on Jan. 4.MORE NEWS: Minnesotans Argue State Not Appropriately Prioritizing Vaccines For Those With Underlying Conditions
The district also says free meals will be distributed to families during this time.