K-12 Schools


Bagley School Board votes to continue in-person learning

Bagley Superintendent Erich Heiss announced today that after a special meeting this morning, the Bagley School Board voted to continue in-person learning. On Monday, Heiss announced that the Bagley School Board would meet today to consider a recommendation from the Clearwater County Nursing Service to switch to distance learning for two weeks. The recommendation came…


Bagley School Board to consider distance learning recommendation during meeting Friday

Bagley Superintendent Erich Heiss reported Clearwater County’s COVID-19 case rate is in the 90s, and public health officials there recommended distance learning for 14 days. The Bagley School Board, according to a notice, took no action during a meeting Monday night but will discuss the recommendation this Friday. Heiss wrote that “while masks and vaccinations…


Bemidji School Board will review mask policy when COVID cases decline, case rates remain high in September

The Bemidji School Board met for their regular meeting Monday night. Superintendent Tim Lutz says that as of last Friday, Beltrami County’s COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 people was 68.55, a number that is considered a high rate of transmission. Lutz said that once Beltrami County’s case rate gets to the moderate level, less than…


School board adjourns before voting on any mask policy for this school year

The Bemidji School Board adjourned their meeting before voting on any masking policy for this school year. Several members of the public spoke against any mask requirements, claiming that mask use and lockdowns were detrimental to students’ well-being. Business Director Jordan Hickman said new quarantine guidelines from MDH say that if an infected student and…


State health officials issue COVID guidelines for back-to-school this fall

Featured photo of Jan Malcolm, MDH Commissioner. State health officials are recommending all students, teachers and staff wear masks while indoors at school this fall. The CDC guidelines say all people 12 and older should get vaccinated for COVID-19, masks should be worn inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status, and those who are not…

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