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Windom schools to move to distance learning

Windom Area Schools Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt announced Wednesday evening that Windom will see a 10-day break from students beginning Friday.

In a letter to district parents, Wormstadt wrote that the school district has been fighting staff illnesses along with seasonal illnesses with students since the return from Christmas break. Those illnesses include COVID, influenza, RSV and others, Wormstadt added, noting that 10 to 15% of staff has been out each day this week.

“At these levels of absence we cannot function effectively in the education of your students,” Wormstadt wrote. “I have set a plan to get a 10-day break for students in classrooms in hopes of getting everyone healthy. This plan has the least amount of disruption to regularly scheduled school days.”

Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 14, and Monday will be a planned staff development today. Students in pre-K through grade 12 will go to distance learning next Tuesday through Tuesday, and Friday will be a teacher work day for the end of the semester with no students as previously scheduled.

Windom schools will not be providing daycare or adventure club during this time. Evening activities will run as scheduled. Any students that are sick should NOT attend school or activities.

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