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Fairmont schools go to distance model

FAIRMONT — According to information provided by Fairmont Area Schools Superintendent Joe Brown and Elementary Principal Andy Traetow, Fairmont Area Schools will be transitioning to a distance learning model beginning Tuesday.

In a letter to students’ families, Traetow states “School may return to a less restrictive learning model no sooner than November 30th. In order to best prepare for this learning period, November 16th will be a designated planning day for school staff per Executive Order 20-94. This will be a non-school day for all students.

The message also states that school age care for eligible children during regular school hours will be available beginning Tuesday, provided that all of the parents or legal guardians in the child’s household are workers in Tier I industries as set forth in the state of Minnesota’s school planning guidance. This change in school age care is a direct result of the number of adults available to host this program. Please contact the Fairmont Elementary Office by 3:00 p.m. Monday, to enroll in school age care: 507-238-4487.

Information regarding preschool programming will be provided on Monday.

Weekly food pick up will be available to all families during distance learning. Food pick up will take place the first scheduled school day of each week, and will occur from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the main entrance of Fairmont Elementary (Door #1), the horseshoe at Fairmont Jr.-Sr. High School (Door #10), and the Ceylon Fire Hall from 11:00-11:30 a.m.

According to other information provided, there are several classes that have been quarantined for 14 days. These include:

One section of Pre-School, one section of first grade, one section of second grade, one section of fourth grade, one section of fifth grade, two sections of sixth grade, and 39 additional students from bus 1. One bus driver is also quarantined and 35 staff members are out for a variety of reasons.

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