ISD 709 News 4/7/21

From Superintendent John Magas

Dear Families,

Our middle and high schools are in 4-day in-person learning and elementary schools are in full in-person learning.

We continue to consult with health officials regarding the learning models and to closely monitor local COVID reports, as well as internal district data. Although the county and state are reporting an uptick in local COVID numbers, our spread within our schools has been very low. We have not had any documented cases of student-to-student spread within our classrooms.

The recommendation from health officials is that Duluth continue with its current Pre-K through Grade 12 in-person models at least through spring break (April 19-23), especially given the recent transition to in-person instruction. It is our intention to continue the current PreK - 12 in-person models after spring recess as long as our department of health agrees that we can safely do so.

We are encouraging all staff, families and students to follow COVID safety protocols, especially outside of school, in order to get the numbers down and continue to provide in-person learning. In working together, we hope to avoid having to dial back if local COVID rates rise significantly and we see spread within our schools.

In Duluth Public Schools, most transmission has been connected to community athletics and social activities outside of the school day. To support the ability of the school district to continue to provide in-person school and extracurricular activities, all of us need to remain vigilant and do our part to slow the spread.

Thanks for all you do to support a healthy school and Duluth community!

With deep respect and appreciation,

John Magas

If you have questions or thoughts about what's going on in our school district, email:


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Thank You, Duluth Assistant Principals

During National Assistant Principals Week we honor the tremendous contributions Duluth AP's make to student success and especially for their ever-expanding role during the pandemic. In taking on these challenges and being there each day for students and families you are a source of strength and inspiration for us all.

#Inspire709 #APWeek21 #ThankYouAPs

Update: HOCHS Project

Information regarding the HOCHS project is being posted at www.ISD709.org/Property.

The page includes:

  • A detailed background of steps taken to present
  • Presentations regarding the project
  • Monthly updates
  • The page will be used to share details as steps are taken to move out of Historic Old Central and as relocation plans are developed and finalized.

Planning teams have been meeting to address relocation steps that include:

  • Construction of a new District Services Center on the Central Hill Site
  • Renovations of the existing Facilities Building
  • Construction of a new Facility for District Transportation
  • Associated off-site improvements and roadways
  • Site development and demolition of exiting facilities
  • Ongoing search and selection of temporary lease space(s) for the relocation of the District Services Center
  • Search and selection of lease space of the ALC & AEO groups

September 2021 Kindergarten

Are You Getting Ready to Send Your Child to September 2021 Kindergarten?

Enroll Online Today!

ISD 709 Elementary Schools provide a rich learning experience for students grades K-5. Schools are scheduling Kindergarten Registration Events for families, check ISD709.org/Kindergarten for details.

#Inspire709 #BrightFuture

21-22 KEY Zone Registration

2021-22 school year registration for KEY Zone is open. KEY Zone offers a safe and engaging year-round out of school time care program that fosters positive youth development and academic success. For more information or to register visit www.duluthcommunityed.org or contact the main office at 218-336-8900 x2.

21-22 ECFE Registration Open

2021-2022 school year registration for Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes is open. ECFE programs include parent education, early childhood education, and parent-child interaction for families of children prenatal to age 5. For more information or to register visit www.duluthcommunityed.org or contact the main office at 218-336-8815 or earlychildhood@isd709.org.

NEW! Duluth Community Education Course Catalog

Duluth Community Education provides opportunities for all ages through classes and activities serving people’s social, recreational, enrichment and academic needs.

Classes offered in a variety of formats including in-person, online and at-home kits with instructional videos

Take a ceramics, watercolor, beginner crochet, amigurami or CPR/AED class; learn beginning backpacking for women, how to navigate with a map and compass, Tai Chi, Yoga, guitar, banjo, Zumba, golf; take aqua fitness, swim lessons, much more.

Register for classes online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.

View the Spring/Summer 2021 Online Catalog

Register for Classes Online

We're Hiring!

Clerical, paraprofessional, transportation, substitutes - check online for details and other job opportunities!


In The News

Duluth News Tribune: Duluth Public Schools is bringing back its bicultural preschool program next fall. Dubbed Oshki-Inwewin, it will be a full-day preschool, operating four days a week.



Photo: Duluth News Tribune

KBJR-TV6, KQDS-TV21: Students at Congdon Park Elementary School in Duluth learn science, math and writing and through process of making maple syrup and maple sugar.



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