School board meeting Monday focused on COVID

The Bemidji School Board met Monday, and a lengthy agenda item was the COVID update.

Superintendent Tim Lutz emphasized that within many other districts of a similar size, a good percentage of those districts continue to use in-person learning for the elementary students. 

Beltrami County’s new COVID-19 case rate from MDH, as of Oct. 31, was around 63, and the locally tabulated case rate is over 100.

Chair of the board Dr. John Gonzalez emphasized that community members need to do their part to control the spread of COVID-19.

Further discussions on a changing learning model were scheduled for Tuesday, but no request for comment was returned by Tuesday night.


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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