Brainerd Public Schools Prepare for the In-Person Return of Middle and High School Students
On Feb. 4, Superintendent Laine Larson announced the change in learning model via a letter to families. Middle and high school students at Brainerd Public Schools are set to come back to the classroom four days a week. Fifth through 12th grade students at Brainerd Public Schools will move to a modified in-person learning model beginning Feb. 16.
Students at Forestview Middle School and Brainerd High School have been distance learning for the past three months but are now set to transition to a modified in-person learning model beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Fifth graders, who transitioned to hybrid learning Feb. 1, will attend shortened instruction days in-person every day. The rest of the middle school students will attend on-site classes four days a week, with Wednesdays as distance learning days for all students to give teachers the time to accommodate all students in distance learning cohorts. With Monday, Feb. 15, as President’s Day, the first week back will have students attending Tuesday-Friday.
High school students will follow the same four-day week as sixth through eighth graders but will not begin that model until Feb. 22. Feb. 16-19 will be a transition week for high schoolers, with those in the AA hybrid group attending in person Tuesday and Wednesday, and those in BB group attending Thursday and Friday.
With high school students returning to renovated learning spaces, the transition week will allow them to become familiar with the new spaces, learn their second semester schedules and review safety guidelines.
Families with middle and high school students should watch for letters from their respective principals with more information on the learning model shifts.
Distance learning will still be an option through the end of the school year for students who so choose. Those who have been in distance learning so far are welcome to come back to in-person classes with their grades. Families who want to switch must complete a form at https://bit.ly/EnrollmentChange. Those who have not yet received transportation services this year should call the transportation department at 218-454-6917 to set up service.