Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School Considering Transition to Distance Learing

Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School Considering Transition to Distance Learing

October 23, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ School News - KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/23/20)

Waubun, MN —

The Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District is taking a strong look at potentially switching to distance learning as COVID-19 cases rise. The district serves students in the Mahnomen County, Becker County, and on the White Earth Reservation and their 14-day case rates are currently spiking. Mahnomen County currently has a 14-day positivity rate of 67.2 and Becker County currently sits at a 41.75. Anything more than a 50 is recommended for full distance learning for both the high school and elementary, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. But Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Superintendent Lisa Weber says there are a number of other factors that are just as important in their learning model decisions.

If things do not improve, Superintendent Weber says all signs are pointing to a return of distance learning. She says parents should start making plans now in case that becomes the reality.

However, if the numbers were to improve over the next few weeks, the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District would remain in their hybrid model. If the transition to distance learning were to be needed, Weber says it would likely take place in the next two to four weeks.

Mahnomen County currently has the 4th highest 14-day case rate in the state of Minnesota.