Statement from Bill Gronseth, Duluth Public Schools Superintendent:
The Governor’s order today gives school districts the notice they need to move forward with plans and decisions regarding the remainder of the school year. While we expected the Governor might extend distance learning we appreciate the certainty that comes with this announcement.
Keeping safety and health top of mind, we’ll continue to provide distance learning services, free meals for students, emergency child care and we’ll continue to review and adjust what we do to serve Duluth families and students. Our schools will work with students and families to identify creative and meaningful ways to celebrate graduation and other traditional rites of passage.
In the face of the pandemic, members of the Duluth School Board and I recognize and commend the response of the employees of ISD 709. We honor the families and students of ISD 709, for their flexibility and willingness to support a new way of doing things, for their patience and partnership in their child’s education.
We extend thanks to citizens and community partners who are providing additional food for families and children, cloth face coverings for our staff, messages of support and thanks in social media and other venues. While our lives have changed, the commitment to serving the children and families of Duluth remains.