Summer break is more than halfway over and the East Grand Forks School Board is considering what pandemic mitigation strategies will be necessary for the upcoming school year.

Superintendent Mike Kolness said he is hopeful all students will be fully in-person. However, the district has not yet received any guidance from the state about masking requirements, quarantine and isolation requirements or learning model requirements.

"We're hoping there will be local control," Kolness said. "And we'll make sure we have a solid plan in place for the start of the school year."

The board is expected to receive additional information about the beginning of the school year at its Aug. 9 meeting, and will likely take a vote at its Aug. 23 meeting.

In other school board-related news:

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  • Renovations at three East Grand Forks schools is nearing completion. The parking lot at New Heights Elementary School has been paved, and the lots at South Point Elementary School and Central Middle School should be completed in the coming weeks. Roofing at the middle school has also been completed at the middle school.
  • One hundred and twenty-five kindergarteners are currently registered for the upcoming school year, with an expected total close to 140.
  • The board voted to purchase four camera systems for the last four school buses in the district that do not yet have them.