Some students returning to classroom in Alexandria, Brandon-Evansville, Osakis

School district officials in Douglas County work with health professionals to decide what is best for their district

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Some area students will be heading back to their classrooms next week, while others will continue with distance learning.

In an email to parents, Alexandria Superintendent Rick Sansted said after a consultation on Wednesday, Dec., 2, with district leadership and the school’s COVID Advisory Team, grades PreK through second-grade will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Grades 3-12 will continue in distance learning through Friday, Jan. 8.

Then, grades 3-5 will return to full in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 11, and grades 6-12 will return to a hybrid model (every other day) on Monday, Jan. 11.

Brandon-Evansville students in grades 6-12 will return to full in-person learning on Monday, Dec. 14, while PreK through fifth-grade students will return to full in-person beginning on Monday, Dec. 7.

Superintendent Don Peschel asked parents to review the protocols for all in-person learning, noting that masks are required and if there are any questions to contact the district office.


According to an update from Osakis Superintendent Randy Bergquist, from now through Friday, Dec. 18, PreK-2 are in-person learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Students in grades 3-4 are in a hybrid learning model, while students in grades 5-12 are full distance learning.

Wednesdays are a full distance learning for all students in all grades, he said.

All school districts are closing monitoring the COVID-19 numbers and will make changes if they arise. Parents will be notified whenever those changes take place.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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