COVID-19 Learning Updates

Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools Students and Staff Transition to In-Person Learning by Tuesday, February 2

To date, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community has decreased substantially. COVID-19 case rates in Benton County and surrounding counties did not see an increase following Thanksgiving and Christmas. Case rates appear to be leveling off and district COVID-19 cases and COVID Related Absences (CRAs) appear to be decreasing as well.


At a 6:00 p.m. special board meeting on Thursday, January 7, the Sauk Rapids-Rice Board of Education, in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools, approved that Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools students and staff transition to in-person learning by Tuesday, February 2.

Board members and district officials reviewed current data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and Benton County Public Health, as well as data relating to the district’s pre-elementary, elementary and secondary learning communities.

Distance Learning-Family Choice for kindergarten through grade 5 will continue as scheduled throughout the 2020–2021 school year.

In-person learning for ALL secondary students in grades 6-12 will start on Tuesday, February 2, continuing until a transition to a more restrictive model is warranted based on current data from MDH, Benton County Public Health and district officials.

Request for Parents/Guardians/Staff

Parents and guardians, please continue to be vigilant about monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness. Please report COVID-19 related symptoms to your building's health services, even during distance learning. It is imperative that we continue monitoring illness levels in our learning communities to ensure the safety of both our schools and the broader community. District health services can help guide you through questions as appropriate.

High School and Middle School Activities

Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools will adhere to Governor Walz’s executive order regarding school district activities. Activities resumed practices on Monday, January 4.

District administration and the board of education will continue to be in close consultation with Benton County Public Health officials and the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education to track multiple data points regarding the latest COVID-19 information.

It is the district’s hope that giving families as much notice as possible allows families to better plan and prepare.

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