Leech Lake RBC Recommends Distance Learning for Start of 2020-2021 School Year
August 14, 2020
Cass Lake, MN – On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the Leech Lake Tribal Council issued the following recommendation to area schools as they consider how to begin the 2020-2021 school year this fall.
COVID-19 has impacted almost all facets of life for our people. As the governing body of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee has taken the threat of this novel coronavirus very seriously from day one, early on declaring a public health emergency, closing our tribal government and business operations for a lengthy period of time, and taking every precaution within our ability to slow the spread of this virus.
From the outset, experts from the Centers for Disease Control made clear that individuals who have underlying health conditions that cause them to be immunodeficient are much more likely to develop severe illness if they contract the virus. We know those underlying conditions are rampant in our community, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illness, and others. In addition, we also understand COVID-19 has a higher likelihood of causing severe illness in our elderly population. As Anishinabe people, protecting our elders and vulnerable population is at the core of who we are and why we take the actions we take.