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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.  

November 30, 2020
Help Desk for Students, Families
Beginning November 30, Duluth Public Schools families and students will have access to Help Desk support during digital learning. Help Desk Hotline 218-336-8732.
The Help Desk will be able to assist students and parents with questions related to district technical support issues, for example:
- District Chromebook support
- District AT&T hotspot support
- System login questions
- Filtering
- Limited personal devices and internet support
- Limited Digital Curriculum support

November 24, 2020
Update for ISD 709 Families
This message is to alert you that, given current and projected COVID rates, distance learning at elementary and secondary levels will continue through at least the end of first semester on January 21, 2021.
While in distance learning, the district will continue to provide bagged breakfast/lunches for pickup Monday through Friday when school is in session. Emergency Tier 1 childcare and KEY Zone services will continue. The extension of distance learning does not impact the Governor’s athletics and activities pause, which is scheduled through December 18. The district will await further guidance on athletics and activities from the governor’s office and other state officials.

COVID-19 Resources for Families

ISD 709 Planning Documents 


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.

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. 
Ban Ka Santu 2019 Per the , and 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.


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 / 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.

Ban Ka Santu 2019 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.

Stay Safe, Duluth - Video Resources

Helpful tips from the Minnesota Department of Health for athletic activities & sports, social gatherings, dining at restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities and more.

From the MN Department of Health: Mental Health Support
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of stress, fear and anxiety for many people. It’s important that Minnesotans have access to the mental health care resources they need to stay well during this challenging time. State agencies are working together to ensure these services are available, and they are also connecting people with private organizations that can provide support. This includes telemedicine resources (which replace clinic visits) and other well-being supports to help families and individuals cope.

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: Ban Ka Santu

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