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A southwest Minnesota school district is delaying the start of its school year after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Minneota Public Schools, a district representing students and families in parts of Lincoln, Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties, announced the decision to delay the start fo the school year on Sunday, less than 24 hours before the first day of class was set to begin Monday. The staff member who tested positive was in contact with others connected to the district last Wednesday-Friday. Anyone who was in contact with the staff member has been notified. All contacts have been instructed to self-isolated for 14 days. Most Minnesota public schools are scheduled to return to class the day after Labor Day, be it for in-person instruction, through distance learning or a hybrid model of in-person and remote classes.

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