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Middle School and High School will engage in Distance Learning tomorrow, March 25

Dear Big Lake Schools Community,

Unfortunately, we are still experiencing a staffing shortage across the district and are unable to staff the Middle School and High School again tomorrow, March 25 for in-person instruction. As a result, the Middle School and High School will engage in Distance Learning tomorrow, March 25. All other buildings will continue with their in-person learning schedule. Middle School and High School students are expected to follow distance learning expectations for attendance and their current class schedule. Classes for the High School start at 7:30 a.m. and the Middle School at 8:45 a.m. 

We are asking once again for your help keeping our students in school. One of the biggest challenges we face this year is a shortage of substitute teachers, support staff, and bus drivers due to COVID-19 quarantine procedures. As an example, if a staff member was to become a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they would need to quarantine for 10 days according to the latest guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health. This 10 day quarantine greatly strains our staffing capabilities. On average this year, approximately 11 staff members are in quarantine each day and our substitute pool is very limited. 

We are continuously seeking qualified individuals who have a passion for working with children. If you or someone you know is looking for work in a school setting, please take a look at our open positions here

As our staff continue to receive vaccinations, we are hopeful that fewer staff quarantines will occur to minimize disruption to our learning environments. We are continuing to monitor Friday’s staffing availability and are currently on track for students to return to school. 

Thank you for your continued understanding during these difficult and inconvenient circumstances. 


Tim Truebenbach