Roosevelt Elementary School in Detroit Lakes will be moving to a full-time distance learning model on Wednesday, Oct. 7 due to several adult staff members at the school testing positive for COVID-19.

There will be no classes Tuesday, Oct. 6, to give staff and families a day to prepare and get set up for remote learning. The Detroit Lakes Public School District made the announcement on Monday, Oct. 5.

A message sent to parents by Superintendent Mark Jenson states:

“We were notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) of several additional lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) with adult members of the Roosevelt community with exposure dates ranging from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

“We have worked with MDH to identify those who had close contact with the cases, and have communicated with them individually and those individuals are currently under quarantine. 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.”

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At this time, Jenson’s message continues, there have been no confirmed cases in students, only adult staff: “With staff quarantining, awaiting test results, or positive cases, it is in the best interest for all students and staff to move to a distance learning model so we can slow any further spread.”

Roosevelt will stay in the full-time distance learning model "until numbers decrease and (we) can resume learning in the building," Jenson states.

Students will continue to have their regular classroom teachers as their distance learning teachers. Their school days will begin with live morning meetings, and teachers will also have live office hours; teachers will share their schedules with families as soon as possible. Live instruction opportunities will increase by Friday, Oct. 9.

Students will be bringing school devices home with them at the end of today’s school day, along with tech user device agreements. Families should sign these agreements, take a photo of the signed agreement, and send those photos to their teachers via Seesaw.

Students who are in need of internet service at home, or who are not at school today and will need to pick up a device, should contact the Roosevelt school office this Monday or Tuesday to make arrangements, at 218-847-1106.

Families with two Tier 1 employees (“essential workers'') may be eligible for district-provided child care while their child’s school is in full-time distance learning mode. Contact Annmarie Lacher at 218-847-4418 for eligibility rules and any other questions.