School doors are opening—slowly –amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer weight room use will be available, but under strict Department of Health guidelines.

A maximum of nine will be allowed at any given time, explained activities director Derrick Nelson at the June 1 Pelican Rapids School Board meeting. Students will be assigned to three separate sections for social distancing, and equipment will be wiped down between use.

Board member Greg Larson asked if facilities will soon be opened up to the community, including the walking track. As of now, the general public is not allowed.

Summer school program underway

Meanwhile, summer school has begun at both the elementary and high school campuses—but under strict health precautions. Students can take a distance learning option, through computer technology, or they can come to the building under the guidelines. Some students are doing a “hybrid” of both.

At the elementary school, the summer school students are doing as much classroom work outside as possible—including breakfast and lunch, weather permitting.

Summer breakfast and lunch are available to students from kindergarten to age 18. The first day, 32 were served. By the second day, 70 were served.

Temperatures are checked on all who enter the building, noted Principal Brian Korf. There is social distancing in each classroom, and teachers are equipped with masks and hand sanitizer.

Dacia Johnson to teach, coach dance

Staff hires and changes are occurring at the Pelican schools—well ahead of the fall school start.

Returning to her hometown to teach second grade and also take the role of dance coach is Dacia Johnson—herself an alumnus of the Pelican Valkyries competitive dance program. She has been teaching in Breckenridge.

Sixth grade teacher Kayls Miltich was reassigned from grade 6 to the ADSIS intervention program. The 2020-21 sixth grade numbers are down to two class sections, so Miltich will replace retiring teacher and ADSIS instructor Mary Storrusten. Also taking a position with the ADSIS program, Abby Fresonke.

Parking lot graduation an event to remember

Graduation was a “once in a lifetime experience”—hopefully, reported Principal Brian Korf at the June 1 school board meeting.

The outdoor, parking lot commencement will be truly unforgettable for graduates and families—organized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been good feedback from the community—but ideally, a “distance” graduation ceremony won’t be repeated, said Korf.

Board member Greg Larson noted that the administration did “a fantastic job” with the graduation program. From what he had learned and heard from other districts and communities in the area, Pelican’s appeared to be exceptional.

Summer meal program offered ‘drive-in’ style at Pelican school

“Friends, Fun and Food” are offered at the Pelican Rapids Viking elementary school for all youth age 18 and under.

The “drive-in” food service is offered in the Viking elementary school parking lot, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. School food service staff are offering lunch—and breakfast for the next morning.

For information, call the school at 218-863-5910, ext 5179