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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.  

December 4, 2020
Help Support Important School Funding! Deadline Dec 15
Families, please fill out the Free/Reduced Price Lunch Application to help support millions in important school funding.
Approved Free & Reduced Price Lunch applications generate state funding that provides important services and programs for Duluth students. A decline in approved applications now can result in loss of millions of dollars in school funding and less programs and services for students in the next school year.
In addition to providing free meals for children, approved applications may also qualify students for discounted or free extra-curricular activity fees.
It's easy and confidential, apply any time, 24/7.
Questions? Call 218-336-8707, we're happy to help.

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.
We’re making the decision to extend distance learning and sharing that decision with families and staff now, rather than wait until the last minute. This will allow students, families and staff the certainty that they need as well as the time to plan.  We regret the challenges that this will cause, but must continue to take action to help avoid deeper COVID spread within our schools and community.
In addition to a sharp, rapid rise in local COVID rates, our district has seen a recent increase in students and staff testing positive as well as those in quarantine. District administration consulted with the Minnesota Department of Education and local health officials who recommended a shift to distance learning. 
Duluth is one of many other districts locally and across the state that have had to shift to full distance learning as infection rates increase. The district will continue to closely monitor COVID rates and consult with local and state health officials.  We are partnering with the city and neighboring districts and communities to encourage preventative measures, including mask wearing and social distancing. We all want our students back in school safely as soon as possible and our collective efforts can help make that a reality. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through the pandemic together.

November 20, 2020
Update for ISD 709 Families
NEW: Mental Health Resources Web Page

Ban Ka Santu 2019COVID affects people’s mental health as well as their physical health. The District is working to provide students and families with resources for mental health services and social emotional learning supports. One tool is a NEW web page, see link below. The site has tips for families to managing stress & anxiety during COVID. It also lists people at the district and school level that are available to help. Please reach out if you need support.

Visit The Web Page


November 18, 2020
Update for ISD 709 Families
Free Bagged Breakfast/Lunch Available to Duluth Children During Distance Learning
NEW! Many additional bus meal hubs added to distribution sites beginning Thursday November 19
The Duluth School District is adding many bus hubs to free meal distribution sites beginning Thursday November 19.
The new sites will help expand access to meals while students are in distance learning.
Free bagged meals are available weekdays when school is in session to children 18 years of age and younger. 
Parents/guardians can pick up the bagged meal without students present.  

Questions? Please contact ISD 709 Child Nutrition @ 218-336-8707.    

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.


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

Resources: St. Louis County Health Department