Confirmed COVID case sends DLHS sports to virtual only, moves high school start date to Tuesday

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Detroit Lakes high school. File photo

According to a news release posted on the Detroit Lakes high school website Sunday, Sept. 13, all high school sports will move to virtual contact only due to a recently confirmed COVID-19 case in the school community, according to Superintendent Mark Jenson.

School officials were notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of the Detroit Lakes High School community with exposure dates of Sept. 9 and 10.

“We have worked with MDH to identify those who had close contact with the case, and have communicated with them individually,” Jenson said in the release. “The risk of exposure for other individuals present in the building on these dates is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.”

The first official day of school was scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, but that has been bumped one day as Detroit Lakes High School will be moving into a full distance learning model to start the school year.

Elementary students will still be in person and middle school students will continue in the hybrid model.


Monday’s first day will be teachers only at the high school.

“As we have just received this news, our staff have not had time to prepare for this model and thus, we will be using Monday, September 14 as a day for teachers to prepare for the new model,” Jenson said. “High school students will not have classes tomorrow (Monday) and instead will begin instruction on Tuesday, Sept. 15. If your student needs to pick up a device or you are in need of internet service please contact the high school office tomorrow to make arrangements.”

Read the full release here .

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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