Bagley School Board Votes to Remain In-Person Despite the Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases in Clearwater County

Bagley School Board Votes to Remain In-Person Despite the Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases in Clearwater County

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

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com

Bagley, MN – On Friday, September 24th, the Bagley School Board held a special meeting at 7 A.M. to discuss a matter brought up at the previously schedule school board meeting. The primary topic was whether to implement a 14-day ‘reset’ period to reduce the number of absences brought on by COVID-19. A reset would require in-person learning to be put on hold while giving time for positive cases to resolve and new cases to present themselves without the possibility of spreading. However, with a 5-2 vote, the school board came to the decision to resume in-person learning. Superintendent of the Bagley School District Erich Heise says this decision was to “stick to the status quo” in Bagley.

Heise reports the meeting took an hour to come to the vote. He states the main concern among the school board was whether or not to maintain the commitment of keeping school doors open as long as possible. There was also talks of requiring masks, but the board came to a 5-2 vote not to establish a mask mandate in school.

The teacher shortage in Bagley seems to be resolved, but like many other schools in the area, Bagley is suffering from the lack of bus drivers available to cover the necessary routes for transporting students.

Make sure to catch full interviews with Erich Heise for more information and updates every week. The Bagley School News is every Wednesday at 2:05 P.M. throughout the school year.