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EAST GRAND FORKS SCHOOLS

"We’re in the process of analyzing things and seeing what we can do better," Superintendent Mike Kolness said Wednesday
The Herald interviewed three social studies educators to get a sense of how schools in the Grand Forks area are addressing Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the questions students have for them. A reporter and a photographer also sat in on a social studies class at Central High School on Thursday, March 3.
A school board decision means school is scheduled for June 2
U.S. Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 to place a stay on a federal rule that would have required many employers to require their employees to either get vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19

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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.
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.

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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.

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