Dear DECS Families,

It is with deep regret that we inform our families and staff of the need to shift to distance learning for all of our K-5 students. After a conversation with the local health department, we have determined this change needs to go into effect this week. Tuesday, November 10 will be our last day of in person classes until further notice. Distance learning classes will occur for all students on Wednesday. Our teachers will use Thursday and Friday as preparation days, and then distance learning for all K-5 students will begin on Monday, November 16. Note: This means NO CLASSES for students on Thursday and Friday of this week. You will hear more from your child’s teacher or principal later this week.

If your child participates in our essential workers childcare an additional email will be sent to you with details related to that program later today. The rapid spike in cases is also impacting our ability to staff this program. If you can make other arrangements for childcare we strongly encourage that.

We have been working hard to keep our students in school this year, and our staff have done excellent work implementing precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 within our schools. Despite our efforts, COVID rates have increased throughout the county and are in the midst of a rapid spike. This spike has led to the large scale quarantine of students and staff, and is crippling our ability to provide in-person schooling, along with meeting the other requirements placed upon schools. We had sincerely hoped to keep our students learning in-person for as long as possible. We understand the importance of in-person instruction for student learning and understand the reliance of many families on schools for childcare in order to maintain employment. Please know that we will monitor the situation closely and will consider a shift back to in-person models as soon as we are reasonably able to do so. So that you are able to plan, we want to be transparent that we do not expect a return to hybrid learning until January at the earliest.

Again, we apologize for this inconvenience but we are confident it is what we need to do to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Bonnie Jorgenson, Head of School
Duluth Edison Charter Schools
(218) 728-9556 x 5000

Tammy Rackliffe, Principal
DECS-North Star K-5
218-728-9556 x 5233

Steve Ondrus, Academy Director
DECS-Raleigh K-5
(218) 628-0697 x 1001