Willmar Schools elementary students transition to in-person learning

Starting Tuesday, elementary school students in the Willmar School District returned fully to in-person learning. Grades 6-12 are set to resume in-person learning Feb. 23.

John Rodriguez, left, picks up his son Damion Rodriguez, 5, a kindergarten student, Tuesday afternoon at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. Elementary schools in the Willmar Public School district transitioned to in-person learning Tuesday allowing all students to be in the building for all five school days. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Elementary schools in the Willmar School District transitioned to in-person learning Tuesday, allowing all students to be in the building for all five school days.

This learning model is recommended only if COVID-19 metrics are improving throughout the district, according to the Minnesota Department of Health's guidelines formulated from Gov. Walz's executive orders.

Grades 6-12 will start in-person learning for the first time this school year on Feb. 23.

Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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