The Osakis School District is holding classes as usual on Monday, but will be closed Tuesday through at least Friday, March 27, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announcing on Sunday that all K-12 schools in the state are closing from Wednesday, March 18, through at least Friday, March 27. (see related story).

Many schools in the state are adjusting their plans on either Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17. Osakis opted to keep schools open on Monday.

"We feel it is important for the opportunity for students to personally connect with the teachers before school closure begins," read a letter to parents signed jointly by Superintendent Randy Bergquist, high school Principal Brad Hoffarth and elementary Principal Shad Schmidt.

Parents who prefer to keep their students home on Monday are asked to contact their children's school office Monday morning.

Over the next two weeks, teachers will putting together distance learning plans that will be ready for students by March 30 if schools remain closed, according to the statement.

Students are asked to clean out all of their lockers so the school can conduct a deep cleaning of those areas. Students will also be asked to take home items from school on Monday that they will need in the event of a prolonged absence from school.

Parents are encouraged to make arrangements Monday to pick up any medicine that is kept at school for their child.

"Over the next few days, you will receive a number of pieces of information from the district to explain our actions to the challenges that lie ahead of us all," the statement read.

The school district plans to address more questions parents may have on its web page at osakis.k12.mn.us.

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