Back to School

News Director Larissa Donovan has been compiling and summarizing back to school plans for area schools and districts.

Bemidji Area School Board finalized an in-person elementary, hybrid model for middle and high school students during their August board meeting.

Bemidji Area Charter Schools will also largely use the hybrid model.

In northern Beltrami County, almost half of Kelliher’s student body opted-in to distance learning so there will be no alternating schedules for middle and high school students. Blackduck middle and high schoolers will be on alternating schedules, and Red Lake will begin the school year with distance learning.

In Cass County, schools within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation, such as Cass Lake-Bena and Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig, will begin the school year with distance learning, while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley students return to in-person classes.

Clearwater County schools  will return to in-person learning, as the county has had almost a 0 new case rate per 10,000 people for the past month.

Hubbard County schools will return to in-person learning, as their latest case rate is 2.88. Nevis will opt for distance learning on Fridays, and Laporte may dismiss students earlier to allow staff time for distance learning activities for those students who opted-in.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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