Students Return To Osseo Area Schools After Remote Learning Shift

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MAPLE GROVE, MN — Osseo Area Schools returned to in-person classes Monday after the district moved to remote learning for almost two weeks amid a spike in absences among students and staff.

Some schools in the district had as much as a quarter of their staff members out sick during the first week of classes in 2022, which made it impossible to sustain daily operations and provide instruction in schools, Superintendent Cody McIntyre said Jan. 10.

Absences dropped and the district’s operational capacities improved during the two-week shift to remote learning, allowing the district to reopen Monday as planned, McIntyre said.

“This temporary transition to online learning would not have been possible without each and every one of you stepping up to help,” he said. “Your gracious efforts are very much appreciated.”

District officials said they will continue to monitor the district’s COVID-19 data and make changes to the schedule on a school-by-school basis, “unless a majority of the district is impacted,” McIntyre said, adding “every effort is being made to avoid adjustments.”

Jan. 31 is scheduled to be an online learning day for students in Osseo Area Schools, while teachers attend professional development workshops, district officials said. Students will return to in-person classes Feb. 1.

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This article originally appeared on the Maple Grove Patch

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