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MOORHEAD – Moorhead Area Public Schools announced plans to return elementary students to in-person learning in a phased transition approach starting January 5, 2021 in accordance with guidance in the Minnesota Department of Education Safe Learning Plan. 

With a goal of getting students back into the classrooms as quickly as allowed by the guidelines while minimizing the number of transitions for each student, PreK – Grade 2 students will begin in person learning on January 5 and Grades 3-4 will start in-person learning on January 19. The district hopes to transition Grades 5-8 to in-person learning on February 1 pending approval from the state’s regional response team, favorable local COVID conditions and ability to maintain effective health protocols to ensure a safe learning and work environment for all staff and students.

Consistent with state guidance, Moorhead High School students will remain in distance learning, but administration is exploring in-person experiences in a modified hybrid model for select elective courses that require special equipment or hands on interaction starting in Quarter 3.

 “We feel hope as we plan diligently to get our students back into the classroom. However, we know that these plans are provisional based on our continued mitigation work as an entire community. We remain grateful for the support and partnership of our staff, families and community as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel to get us to the other side of this pandemic,” said Superintendent Dr. Brandon Lunak.

The district will continue to provide school age childcare for Tier 1 workers for Grades K-5 students during distance learning or hybrid models. Meal distribution will continue as well with distribution schedules and locations being updated in January.

Holiday City Service Schedule

Moorhead City Offices will be closed Christmas Day.

There will be no garbage pickup on Friday, December 25, 2020. Friday’s route (both garbage and recycling if this is your recycling week) will be picked up on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Pickup will start at 4:00 am on Monday, December 28. Please place your garbage out the night before to ensure pickup. Also, your garbage may be picked up later in the day due to the double route. 

The Solid Waste Transfer Station will be closed to the public on Thursday, December 24, (garbage and recycling will still be collected on December 24) and the Solid Waste Transfer station will also be closed on Friday, December 25, 2020.

The Clay County Landfill will be closed Friday, December 25th and Saturday, December 26th for the holiday. It will reopen with regular hours on Monday, December 28th.

Regular hours for the landfill are 8:00am- 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Commercial loads are taken until 3:30pm daily. It is also open the first and third Saturday of each month from 8:00am to noon. The Clay County Landfill is located at 3301 190th St. South, Hawley. Mixed municipal waste generated in Clay County is accepted at this site. For more information call 218 299- 5079.

Committee Members Needed

MOORHEAD – The Moorhead City Council appoints a number of citizens each year to City boards, committees and commissions. Most of the appointments are made in January, but openings do occur throughout the year. Moorhead residents are encouraged to apply for themselves or recommend someone else. The following committees are comprised of citizen appointments:

Airport Committee, Art & Culture Commission, Board of Appeal & Equalization, Charter Commission, Economic Development Authority Board, Human Rights Commission, Library Board, Park Advisory Board, Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment, Public Housing Agency Board and Public Service Commission.

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