BACK TO SCHOOL: Bemidji Area Charter Schools

Charter schools in the Bemidji Area serve students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and many have cooperative agreements for bussing, special education and food services through the Bemidji School District.

As a result, some charter schools in the Bemidji Area have also opted to begin four days later than previously scheduled, with a start date of Sept. 14.

Beltrami County’s latest case rate was 11.06, which state guidelines will allow for in-person learning for elementary students K-5, and hybrid models for grades 6-12.


According to their website, Trek North plans to reopen Sept. 8 with a hybrid learning model.

Almost half of Trek North families surveyed said they preferred distance learning.

Families can expect to see plans this week for their students’ learning schedules.

The first week of school for Trek North students will be distance learning, as are all Fridays in the first quarter. Students will be in-person Monday through Thursday on alternating weeks.


Voyageurs serves 6th through 12th graders, and will also be using a hybrid model with A/B weeks.

According to their website, school orientations will be held Sept. 9-10, with their school year starting Sept. 14.

Breakfasts and lunches will be served for students in the building, with cold lunch available for pick up at the school for students during their online weeks. Families will need to opt-in weekly for meal pickup.

Students in the building will eat their lunches in their classrooms.

Aurora waasakone community of learners

Today is the last day for families to opt-out of in-person learning at AWCL. According to their website, the commitment to distance learning will be effective until winter break.

School starts for AWCL, a school that serves grades K-8, on Sept. 14.

Students will be in the building Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with all students participating in remote learning on Wednesdays, for a “modified in-person start.”

schoolcraft learning community

Schoolcraft students will have “Back to School” nights for alternating groups on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 9 and 10.

First day is on Sept. 14, and Fridays will be distance learning days for all students. The school has opted for a hybrid model for the first quarter, which ends on Nov. 6.

Students will attend four days on site, and four days of distance learning.

Schoolcraft is for kids K-8, and “Kindercrew” students will have two days on site and two days remote on their first week of school.

Schoolcraft has created small cohorts of students that will stay together throughout the day, with 6-10 learners in one space.

Schoolcraft, according to their website, plans to expand use of their outdoor spaces and classrooms.


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