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BEA, USC Schools bringing students back

Plans involve a phased-in approach for the different grade levels

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 7, 2021

Blue Earth Area and United South Central School Districts both have plans to return all students to in-person learning.

The United South Central and Blue Earth Area School Districts are each making plans to return all of their students back to school and in-person learning.

The USC School Board held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to discuss the school’s return to learning plan.

Superintendent Keith Fleming reviewed the declining COVID-19 numbers in Faribault County and recommended students in the seventh and eighth grades, along with the senior class, return to in-person learning on Feb. 16.

He also made a recommendation for freshmen, sophomores and juniors to return to the classroom for in-person learning on March. 1.

The board adopted both recommendations. USC is scheduled to hold its regular School Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Like USC, BEA is also going to bring back their students in phases.

Eighth graders will begin full in-person learning on Feb. 8, while grades 9-12 remain in hybrid.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, the ninth graders will begin in-person learning. The 10th graders return to in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 22. The juniors will begin in-person learning on Monday, March 1, and the seniors will return to the classroom for full in-person learning on March 8.

BEA also announced they will be having a Winter Fest this year, but it will be in COVID style. Activities will be limited and there will be no dance this year.

Winter Fest is scheduled for the week of Feb. 8, and will include different “dress up” days for each day of the week.

A lightning tournament will be held Feb. 9-11 in the gym with one winner being awarded a prize each day.

Finally, students will have the chance to submit a video of their best teacher impression (it has to be in good fun), a TikTok challenge, a lip sync battle or a normal talent they would like to show off.

The videos need to be submitted by Monday, Feb. 8. CORE classes will vote on the videos and the top video will receive a prize.