Students in grades 10-12, the last grades at Detroit Lakes Public Schools to still be taking hybrid classes — a combination of in-person and remote learning — will go back to fully in-person classes on Tuesday, Feb. 16, as the number of active COVID-19 cases in Becker County continues to decrease.
Detroit Lakes Public Schools Superintendent Mark Jenson announced at Monday night's school board meeting that parents of all Detroit Lakes High School students in grades 10-12 would be receiving email notification of the change first thing Tuesday morning. He noted that the regional COVID-19 support team had OK'd the change earlier in the day.
After several months of first distance, and then hybrid learning, elementary students resumed a fully in-person schedule on Jan. 19; students in grades 6-9 went back to in-person classes full-time on Feb. 8; and as of next Tuesday, all Detroit Lakes students in grades K-12 will be attending classes at their respective school buildings five days a week, for the first time in nearly a year. (Statewide school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic began on March 17, 2020.)
Also at Monday night's meeting, Dan Kleist of Gehrtz Construction gave an update on district-wide construction projects. He noted that work at Rossman Elementary School is mostly done, while the new gymnasium at Roosevelt Elementary — the last major project to be done in that building — is expected to be ready for occupancy sometime next week.
“There’s still some exterior work to be done this summer,” Kleist added, but work inside both elementary buildings is now essentially complete.
Meanwhile, at Detroit Lakes Middle School, “there’s a little bit of summer work left to do in the commons area,” Kleist said, while work at the high school is nearing 50% completion.
Work on the high school is slated to be completed in the summer of 2022, he added, when the final phase, construction of the media center and science classrooms, will get underway.
Currently, construction crews are hard at work finishing the new 9th grade academy wing, Kleist said, with completion set for early this summer. Work is also continuing on the new kitchen/commons/administration area, which is expected to be finished in time for the start of classes next fall.
Work on the high school parking lots is also expected to resume this spring, he said, and should be complete in time for the start of classes in September, though there may still be some landscaping left to do in the fall.