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Learning Model Decision Making Process


The Swanville School is constantly monitoring data to determine if we need to switch learning models.  The county case rate for both Morrison and Todd Counties has really increased, and some schools are now switching their learning model.  This is not the only data to consider, however.  We also need to consider local data, such as the number of cases in the community, and more importantly, the number of cases in the building. While we have had some students and staff quarantined because of close contact, we have had no confirmed cases in the building.  We get updates from both counties daily, and have weekly meetings with other Morrison County Superintendents and Morrison County Public Health.  As of 10/20/21, MorrisonCounty Public Health told us that we do not need to switch models.  This can change if situations change.


Attached is a list of data and questions we consider to help make these decisions.  This comes from our Sourcewell Regional Support Team Leader, who has been in consultation with the MN Department of Health.  This is different from what we were told this summer  when it appeared that we needed to switch models based mainly on county case rates.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
To: Constituents in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties:


We’re writing to you today to ask for your help.


We are four weeks into the year and already schools in our seven-county region have had to adjust their learning models from either in-person to hybrid or hybrid to distance learning due to sharp increases in positive COVID-19 cases. This is disappointing for everyone involved.


We have been given requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health that we are following, and it is working. Across the state, there has been minimal transmission within schools. However, officials at MDH have said the COVID-19 virus is, for the most part, spreading outside of school – transmission is happening in community settings and at family and social gatherings.


We want our kids in school as much as possible. You, the great people in our communities, have said you also want our kids in school. We know of only one way that gives us the best chance at safely keeping our kids in school, sports, and activities.


We need your help. This information is nothing you haven’t already heard, but bears repeating as it’s going to take all of us to make a difference. Please – help us keep cases low and our kids in school by following the very clear guidelines offered by MDH:


  • Avoid crowds.

  • Keep family and social gatherings outdoors.

  • Stay 6 feet from others.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Wash your hands.

  • Stay home when sick.


Do it for our kids.



Dan Stifter, Aitkin Public Schools                                                                  Chris Lindholm, Pequot Lakes Public Schools

Eric Koep, Bertha-Hewitt Public School                                                       George Weber, Pierz Public Schools

Laine Larson, Brainerd Public Schools                                                        Michael Malmberg, Pillager Public Schools

Scott Vedbraaten, Browerville Public School                                               Jonathan Clark, Pine River-Backus Schools

Jamie Skjeveland, Crosby-Ironton School District                                       John A. Phelps, Royalton Public Schools

Eric Weber, Freshwater Education District                                                  David Fjeldheim, Sebeka School District

Stephen Jones, Little Falls Community Schools                                          Eugene Harthan, Swanville Public Schools

Jon Kringen, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School District                                 Vern Capelle, Upsala Area School District

Kevin Wellin, Menahga Public School District                                             Paul Brownlow, Verndale Public School

Gregg Parks, Nevis Public School                                                               Eric Pingrey, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Public Schools

Patrick Rendle, Northland Community Schools                                           Lee Westrum, Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools

Lance Bagstad, Park Rapids Area Schools

Important Information for families that have one or more member symptomatic:


  • A color copy of the decision tree will be sent home with all elementary aged children. If your family requests one we can also email it to you, or print one for older students. It is also listed at the following location :

  • If you have one household member that is symptomatic (refer to Decision Tree-listed on school website), ALL household members must stay home. 

  • Household members who are symptomatic must stay home a minimum of 10 days and must be symptom free for at least 24 hours.

  • Household members who are NOT symptomatic must still stay home a minimum of 14 days. This is to account for the incubation period after a possible exposure. If the symptomatic member tests negative, other household members may return once the school is provided a copy of the negative results. 

  • Household members who are symptomatic may choose to have a COVID test done. We cannot require this. If you choose to be tested, a copy of the negative results will be required to return to school before the quarantine period is over. You are not required to share this information, but in order to return prior to the quarantine period ending you must provide documentation. This may include a doctor’s note, or a picture of the negative result (must include name). 

  • If household members who are symptomatic receive an alternate diagnosis, that may also be shared with the school in order for you to return early.

In the event of inclement weather, school closing and cancellations are announced on tv stations WCCO 4 and KARE 11; local radio stations KLTF, WYRQ, FM 94 and KCLD. It will also appear on our website, Facebook page and the Morrison County Record website. 



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