The Circle of Life Academy in White Earth will start the school year on Sept. 8, and for at least the first six weeks, classes will be held remotely, according to the school’s Facebook page.

“We will return to in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so,” the school said on its Facebook page.

"As we have throughout this pandemic, we will work closely with the (Tribal Council), local health professionals and medical experts to assess conditions around coronavirus spread in our sovereign nation,” Jenna Leadbetter, the superintendent of Circle of Life Academy, said in an Aug. 26 letter to students, parents and staff. “We will make decisions about the model of learning for future quarters on dates that balance time needed to plan, along with up-to-date data."

Detailed remote-learning plans will be released in early September, she added.

The Circle of Life Academy is a K-12 school operated by the White Earth Nation and open to native students in and around the reservation.

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