Hibbing Schools COVID-19 CoronaVirus Update Center

Current Status

High School
Distance Learning

Lincoln Elementary
Distance Learning

Washington Elementary
Distance Learning

Greenhaven Elementary
Distance Learning

Scenario 1: In-Person Learning
In-person learning for all students. Create as much space as feasible between students and teachers; the district will not be held to strictly enforcing 6 feet of distance between individuals.

Scenario 2: Hybrid Learning
Hybrid model with strict social distancing and capacity limits. Schools must limit the overall number of people in the school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. Social distance of at least six feet between individuals must occur at all times.

Scenario 3: Distance Learning
Distance Learning Only

Determining the Learning Model

During the 2020-2021 school year, Hibbing Public Schools will utilize St. Louis County Public Health representatives to assist when making model change determinations. Utilizing the expertise that the Public Health representatives put forth will assist in identifying data trends, as well as determining where the cases are based (assisted living care versus community spread). St. Louis County Public Health representatives will assist the District in determining when it may be time for a model change.

Winter 2020 Tentative Return to School Plan

The Minnesota Department of Education has created a plan that prioritizes in-person learning for young learners. Schools must implement additional mitigation strategies – this includes COVID testing for staff, and the requirement to wear face shields and masks when they work with students. Hibbing Public Schools are not permitted to move to a new learning model prior to January 18, 2021.

On December 23, The Hibbing School Board discussed a plan to return which follows the guidelines that the state has provided as follows:

  • Jan 14 (Thursday) and Jan 15 (Friday): Required Transition Planning Days for Staff — School will not be in session

  • Jan 18 (Monday): Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 will return to In-Person Learning

  • Jan 26 (Tuesday): Grade 6 will return to In-Person Learning

  • Jan 26 (Tuesday): Grades 7 through 12 will return to Hybrid Learning, pending a positive outcome of the MDH consult on January 14

Note that these dates and grade rollouts are based on requirements outlined by MDE and MDH. This is a tentative plan at this time, and is based on the information that we have available today.