Health, district leaders fear outbreaks during spring break

Health, district leaders fear outbreaks during spring break

But they’re hoping those who do travel take precautions and get tested before returning to class. Duluth Superintendent John Magas says, “It’s not our place to be able to say who can and can’t travel.” If they don’t, an outbreak could mean changing from mostly in-person learning to more online learning days.

“We’re starting to see transmission occur inside of classrooms and schools. But more so, in extracurricular activities and sports,” says Westbrook. Also making that list right now are Hermantown Elementary, Duluth’s Lowell Elementary, Hibbing High school among others.Aurora’s Elementary and Secondary Schools and Ely Memorial have been on the list since March.

Meanwhile, the Duluth School District is heading out on spring break next week.District leaders are concerned especially about the families who choose to travel out of town. “We’re concerned about our schools,” said Amy Westbrook, St. Louis County Public Health Director.

In the end, school and health leaders are asking students and families to be extra cautious no matter where they spend spring break, as COVID variants have been popping up all over the country including in St. Louis County. Westbrook says, “The last thing we want to see is a spike in transmission and sort of that disease getting ahead of our vaccine efforts.” “We do encourage everyone to continue to wear masks, regardless of where they travel. And to continue to social distance,” adds Westbrook.

County health officials are urging families to follow safety guidelines, even if mandates aren’t enforced. “Having a backup plan does a couple of things, it of course has people prepared if we need to move to it,” said Magas. “I think it can also give people a little bit of a sense of assurance that we’re monitoring things closely and being thoughtful on what this may mean.”

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