Bagley School District 162 Welcomes New Employees; Talks About Uncertainties With Staying Open During Latest COVID Wave

Bagley School District 162 Welcomes New Employees; Talks About Uncertainties With Staying Open During Latest COVID Wave

August 30, 2021 School News - KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com

Bagley, MN – As Labor Day approaches so does the start of classes for many Minnesota schools. The Bagley School District is looking forward to welcoming students back into the classroom for face-to-face instruction. Superintendent Erich Heise says the staff at Bagley schools are excited to see students back in the classroom. However, there is still the uncertainties around COVID-19 and the possibility of shutting down, as the school had to do so last fall.

Bagley schools have also welcomed new staff to their community. Heise speaks about these individuals and what roles they will fill in the school district. There are also some vacant positions, such as bus drivers and para-educators, that are still hiring.

Despite the new hires Bagley is experiencing a drop in enrollment. This is due in large part to the pandemic and choices the school district has made in terms of masking.

Heise also shared the COVID protocol Bagley schools will follow. The plan is called “Layered Mitigation Strategies.” It includes seating charts for contact tracing and maintaining a 3-foot distance between students. However, the board voted for no requirements for quarantining in cases of close contact to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 or the Delta variant.

The COVID-19 vaccine is not required in Bagley schools. Heise says services will be provided to nursing services offering the vaccine. However, he stresses that this is a personal choice to families whether or not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 42% of the eligible population in Clearwater County has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This data includes the Johnson & Johnson option, Moderna choice, and the newly FDA approved Pfizer vaccine. For more information on the vaccine, Minnesota’s pandemic protocols and options for vaccination, visit the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 page.