Chisago Lakes High School moving to distance learning after COVID-19 outbreak

Chisago Lakes High School is moving to distance learning next week after a COVID-19 outbreak.

According to a letter from Superintendent Dean Jennissen to families, high school students will move to distance learning beginning Monday. The school is closed this Friday.

"Today is a day we hoped to avoid. Unfortunately, due to increased positive, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chisago Lakes High School and the need for other students in that particular school to isolate due to close contact or having COVID-like symptoms, Chisago Lakes High School will be closed on Friday, October 9th," Jennissen said.

All Minnesota State High School League events will be suspended next week. Jennissen said the district will update event schedules on its website and hopes to reschedule events when possible.

The district hopes the high school will be able to return to its hybrid learning model on Oct. 26, at which time activities would also resume.

The other schools in the district will remain in the current learning model.

Jennissen added that the Wildcat Community Center will only be open to members next week, and community education classes and rentals at the community center and high school will be canceled.

"We recognize this is a hard message to receive. We are challenged by it as well, however, we will continue to prioritize student, staff, and community safety," Jennissen said. "By creating a ‘reset’ period at CLHS now, we hope to prevent prolonged absences from school and return to in-person hybrid learning as soon as possible. We will continue to communicate with families as we navigate this unique school year. Thanks for your continued patience, flexibility and support!"