Students and faculty gathered at Martin County West Schools in Trimont Wednesday to call on the school board to reinstate student athletic programs. Athletic programs were put on hold last week when the district shifted to distance learning because of COVID-19 cases in the county. MCW transitioned to a distance learning model last week after the Minnesota Department of Health issued the recommendation due to COVID-19 cases in the county. Thursday’s protest was organized primarily by MCW students. The school board hosts a special meeting on Thursday to discuss student athletic programs and extracurricular activities.