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Shakopee cancels classes as Minnesota schools, colleges navigate COVID-19 surge

Rising infection rates could push students back into distance learning; more call for mandates at Minnesota state


November 23, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

State officials are encouraging more students to get vaccinated, and many schools are offering clinics, such as this one at South View Middle School in May.

School districts as well as colleges and universities across Minnesota are closely monitoring the surging number of COVID-19 cases, which could push students back into periods of distance learning.

The Shakopee school district called off all classes Monday and Tuesday, effectively extending the district's Thanksgiving holiday break, because of high COVID-19 infection rates. The decision came after three classrooms in the district had to move to distance learning because of a continuing rise in cases. A handful of other classes were near the threshold for making the switch, the district said.

The goal of the move was to "address pandemic concerns and hopefully slow the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our district," according to a letter sent to Shakopee parents Thursday. District leaders will continue to monitor the case numbers and explore other schedule adjustments and mitigation efforts, the letter read.


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