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Dickinson County schools to return to in-person classes Monday

This comes after a two-week stretch of online learning.
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Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 12:18 PM EDT
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DICKINSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Dickinson County schools are returning to to in-person classes on Monday, following a two-week stretch of virtual classes.

Norway-Vulcan Area Schools, North Dickinson Schools, Breitung Township Schools, and Iron Mountain Schools will all return to in person classes on November 2.

The Dickinson Iron District Health Department (DIDHD) no longer recommends virtual learning for Dickinson County.

“Previously, DIDHD had recommended virtual learning for all Dickinson County Schools through October 30, 2020,” the health department said in a post on its Facebook page. “At this time, DIDHD will not be recommending an extension. We will update if recommendations change.”

Norway-Vulcan Area Schools’ Superintendent Lou Steigerwald said, “In a meeting with the Dickinson-Iron [District] Health Department this morning, we were told that Coronavirus cases in our area have declined to such a degree that it is safe to return to school.” Read more from Steigerwald here.

Though North Dickinson Superintendent Angel Inglese said she was excited to have students back in the building, she wanted to let parents know virtual classes are still an option.

“If you, as parents, do not feel comfortable sending your child back to in person instruction at this time, please contact your child’s teacher or the District office and we will make sure to continue to educate your child virtually," Inglese said.

Inglese said sports will also be starting back up for North Dickinson.

Breitung Township Schools’ Superintendent Craig Allen said his students will also be returning Monday, and that there will be a football game at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, as well.

Iron Mountain Schools' Superintendent Jerry Sardina said his district will also resume Monday, but athletics will be back on for Saturday.

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