Minnesota's largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin Schools, has announced it will be moving its middle and high school students to full distance learning from Nov. 4, following rising COVID-19 in the area.
The district is ending its hybrid model for middle school and high school students, who will shift to wholly online working starting Nov. 4.
Elementary schools will remain in their current learning model, whether that be hybrid or distance learning, though there will be no school for PreK-12 students on Nov. 2 and 3 to give staff time to prepare for distance learning.
All athletics and extracurriculars will also be put on hold starting Nov. 2.
Just hours before the announcement was made, it was announced that the varsity high school football game between Anoka and Champlin Park was being canceled due to a "COVID-19 related investigation."
"County level data has reached a threshold warranting a shift to distance learning at district middle and high schools," a message on the district website reads.
"Following guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, County Health Officials, and the Minnesota Department of Education, Anoka-Hennepin’s COVID-19 planning team reviewed multiple data points, and supported a move to distance learning at the middle and high school level. Concentrations of COVID-19 positive cases, projected trends and staffing attendance were also shared as considerations."
There are 19 now counties in Minnesota where COVID-19 rates are sufficiently high that local schools are recommended to move to distance learning. In the first week of the school year, only one county had COVID-19 levels that high.