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ISD 709 Return to Learn

We appreciate the help and support of our staff, students and families as we address this continually evolving situation.  We’ll continue to communicate as often as possible through a variety of venues, including this web page.  


COVID-19 Resources for Families



Families are asked to check temperatures and conduct home symptom screening before sending children to school.  Keep children home if they have a fever or symptoms.  Please review the following information from the Minnesota Department of Health and keep the Home Screening Tool handy for daily checks.
Download the MDH Home Screening Tool
Download the COVID Attendance Guide for Parents and Families
Please report your child's illness and absence to your school. 


Please make sure your child has a face mask.  Masks are required in school and on buses. 
Per the Governor’s Executive Order, and Duluth Public Schools policy all students older than 5 years of age and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings, (unless medically exempt). Only students with documented medical conditions and/or IEP team determined cognitive or behavioral health concerns will be allowed to not wear a mask.


ISD 709 COVID-19 Case Reporting for Schools  

Schools must report all confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the MN Department of Health (MDH) or their local public health agency. Briefly, confirmed cases are reported to the ISD 709 COVID Contact and the MN Department of Health or local public health agency.   

  • MDH or the local public health agency conduct a case investigation and identify anyone who potentially has been exposed to the confirmed case.
  • MDH or the local public health agency notifies those who have been exposed and provides them with information about how to protect themselves, their families and their communities.
  • The ISD 709 COVID Contact is asked to assist in the notification process of all close contacts.
  • Throughout the process HIPAA/FERPA data privacy laws are followed.
  • Facilities staff follow guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting
Follow the appropriate path if a child, student, or staff person is experiencing the following symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

MDH COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents & Families
Staying home when you are sick is one of our best ways to fight COVID-19. Keeping sick children and children who are exposed to COVID-19 away from others helps stop the spread of the virus to other children, staff, and the surrounding community. Parents and guardians can use this guide to understand when their child can attend school, youth programs, and child care during COVID-19.

Important Links

Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

Email: ReturnToLearn@ISD709.org

Resources: MN Department of Health

COVID-19 Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention