WORTHINGTON — Beginning Monday, Independent School District 518 will move to a full distance learning model, due to developing information about positive COVID-19 cases in the area.

This change will be implemented for a minimum of two weeks with a target return to hybrid learning date of Oct. 5. Expectations for students during full distance learning remain the same as they have been during distance learning days in the hybrid learning model.

As with all COVID-19 related issues, this decision was made in consultation and cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health.

The plan for educating students during the COVID-19 pandemic was created in such a way that health, safety, effectiveness, equity and flexibility were prioritized. The district will continue to make services such as child care, food service, extra-curricular activities, counseling and more available to the fullest extent of its ability while also prioritizing the health and safety of its students, staff, and the district community as a whole.

More information on how this affects services across the district will be released in upcoming days. Information on how District 518 will implement a full distance learning model is available on the COVID-19 information page of the district website.

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Administration, in consultation with MDH, believes this change is necessary to protect the health and safety of the students, staff and district community.