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Delano School Board adopts criteria for COVID response

DELANO, MN – On a 5-1 vote, with Board Member Rachel Depa opposed and Board Member Corey Black absent, the Delano School Board approved criteria for when the district would require face coverings in individual buildings.

The school-level indicator will be the percent of students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 during a seven-day period, and the percentage of students and staff who display one of the more common COVID symptoms or two of the less common COVID symptoms. Those displaying possible COVID symptoms will not be counted in the transmission numbers until health office personnel can rule out chronic allergies and other illnesses via family interview, alternative diagnosis, free family-option testing, etc.

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Delano School Board approves safe learning protocol

DELANO, MN – During a special Aug. 18 meeting, the Delano School Board approved the safe learning protocol for the 2021-22 school year.

The plan addresses items such as face coverings, social distancing, COVID-19 symptoms and cases, quarantining, vaccinations, testing, cleaning and sanitizing, and a full-time online learning option.

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Parents propose anti-politics, anti-CRT policies to school board

DELANO, MN – More than 60 community members attended the Delano School Board meeting Monday, during which a group proposed policies banning Critical Race Theory and political speech and objects bearing political messages from the district.

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Delano School Board debriefs July meeting, opts not to limit public comments

DELANO, MN – The Delano School Board met in a special meeting Aug. 11 to debrief public comments it received during the July meeting, consider changes to its public comment policy, review recommendations regarding safety protocols, continue a closed discussion regarding Superintendent Matt Schoen’s annual review, and schedule a board retreat.

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Parents raise concerns at Delano School Board meeting

DELANO, MN – For more than two hours Monday evening, parents grilled the Delano School Board regarding Critical Race Theory, comprehensive sex education, politics, and other topics that have raised concerns for them.

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Delano Public Schools to seek $970 per pupil

DELANO, MN – The Delano School Board finalized details of the operating levy referendum during a special July 14 meeting.

During the Nov. 2 election, the district will ask voters to approve the revoking the current levy of $374.89 per pupil – which is set to expire at the end of 2022 – and replacing it with a new levy of $970 per pupil.

If approved, the levy would be in place for 10 years unless revoked or reduced, and would be adjusted by inflation annually during that period of time.

The tax impact would be an increase of about $282 annually on a $300,000 home, apartment building, and commercial-industrial property. That increase would fluctuate by about $94 annually per $100,000 in value. Agricultural property taxes for the proposed referendum would be based only on the value of the house, garage, and one acre.

Chair Lisa Seguin summarized the details of the resolution, but there was no further discussion.

District officials have estimated that, if voters do not approve the full amount, the district would need to cut 11 full-time-equivalent classroom teachers and/or specialists, and five FTE nonteaching staff; eliminate junior high activities or move them to a pay-to-play model; and increase activity fees.