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EAST GRAND FORKS SCHOOLS

A federal "emergency temporary standard" prompts East Grand Forks Public Schools to require its employees to either get vaccinated or wear a mask and regularly get tested for COVID-19
School district officials closed the high school for three days last month.
Students in grades 9-12 to stay home through Friday
There are eight confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in the East Grand Forks School District as of Monday, Oct. 12, and there were 85 COVID-related absences in the district last week.

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Polk County is nearing the state's cutoff between school learning model recommendations. East Grand Forks schools currently use a partial hybrid model, but if they surpass an average of 20 positive cases per 10,000 tests over a 14-day period, the state will recommend the district transitions to a fully hybrid model. If the county does pass that threshold, it will not trigger an automatic transition to a more restrictive model -- that decision rests with the school board, as well as Polk County Public Health, which has told the district it does not recommend transitioning at this time.
There are no plans yet to transition to a more restrictive learning model. As of Monday, Sept. 29, there are zero confirmed cases among East Grand Forks students and staff, and 30 close contacts quarantining at home.
The East Grand Forks School Board and District will focus efforts on education and answering questions in preparations for the first day back at school on Sept. 8.
Mike Kolness, superintendent of East Grand Forks Public Schools, is one of three finalists for the superintendent position in the Detroit Lakes (Minn.) school district.
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of headlining stories from the past decade.
The "toolkit" to protect the rights of transgender students, which recently was distributed to Minnesota school superintendents, "was given to us as a guide" and is not legally binding, said East Grand Forks Superintendent Mike Kolness.

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Running a school district is a lot like coaching a sports team or teaching in a classroom, says Superintendent Mike Kolness, who officially started at East Grand Forks Public Schools on July 1.
An East Grand Forks student has made the balcony scene from William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" even sweeter. Senior Luisa DeLacruz recreated the famous scene, complete with a tiny wooden ladder and leafy foliage, using sugary Peeps. It was ...
East Grand Forks students will start school two weeks early this fall due to construction at one of its schools. The School Board on Monday unanimously approved starting the calendar year on Aug. 22, before Labor Day, which allows renovation work...

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