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Even with prospect of aid, Minnesota school budgets in dire shape

Even with prospect of aid, Minnesota school budgets in dire shape

St. Francis schools Superintendent Beth Giese has been getting up early to ride buses this week. The district is short-staffed and needs special education assistants on morning commutes. Her secretary has been doing similar work, riding in a school van. “I have never worked this hard in my entire life,” Giese said. “You never know when you’re going to be contact tracing at 11 p.m. at night or riding school buses because someone tested positive.”This is just one example of the random and unexpected disruptions Giese and her staff have faced this year. The terrain of constantly fluctuating...

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Bloomington schools shutter classrooms again after bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

Bloomington schools shutter classrooms again after bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

Just 10 days after bringing some students back for in-person learning, an outbreak of COVID-19 among transportation workers has forced Bloomington Public Schools to return to distance learning until mid-February. The changes underscore the unique challenges to protect bus drivers, many of whom are older and at higher risk of severe illness stemming from the virus. District officials say concerns about student and staff health during the COVID-19 pandemic led to this difficult decision.“We want nothing more than for our students and staff to be in schools learning safely,” Superintendent Les...

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