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Fairmont Area Schools awaits state’s input

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday heard from Superintendent Joe Brown, who offered an update on the near future of the district.

“We have a busy eight more days left,” he said. “We have some final exams that start later on this week, then we also have the collection of computers, textbooks and other items that will come back to us next week. Then the faculty are doing some training at both the elementary and high school.

“The students will be done on Tuesday of next week, and everything else is going well. The food distribution is going well, the packets of elementary homework that’s being completed is being turned in and all systems are go as we finish out this year.”

Brown is a uncertain as to what summer and fall will bring.

“We have not made any decisions yet on what we’re going to do this summer, or if we’re going to have any summer school at all,” he said. “We’re kind of holding back on those decisions until we get additional guidance from the state and from the Minnesota Department of Health.

“When people ask me what’s going to happen over 72 hours from now, I start laughing because things change on a daily basis. So we’re going to wait to see what the Minnesota Department of Health has to offer and the Minnesota Department of Education has to offer, and what the executive branch has to offer, to tell us what we can and cannot do over the next three months as we prepare for school in September.

“I was on multiple conference calls with superintendents throughout the region as we are preparing for September, and none of us really know exactly what things are going to look like. We don’t know if we’re going to continue our virtual learning or whether we’ll have some type of a hybrid, or whether or not students will be back in the building.”

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