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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)  - The Rochester School Board voted Tuesday night to approve a plan to bring Pre-K through 5th grade students back to their classrooms next month.

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The switch to all in-person learning at the elementary level will not occur before March 1st. The youngest students in the Rochester School District shifted from distance learning to the hybrid learning model on January 19th while the 3rd through 5th graders made the shift on Monday.  The planned changeover to all in-person learning will mark the first time students in the Rochester Public Schools will be in school using a "normal" schedule since Governor Tim Walz declared the pandemic emergency last March.

The school board also voted down the administration's recommendation to bring the district's middle and high school students back into the classrooms part-time using the hybrid learning model later this month, but tentatively approved a plan to resume in-person learning on April 5th. The board indicated it intends to review the situation and make a final decision concerning the older students at its meeting in mid-March.

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