11/12/2020

New Ulm Public Schools are continuing with in-person learning, despite being stretched thin on staffing. District 88 Superintendent Jeff Bertrang said roughly 3% of school staff is out due to COVID. Only one staff member is out because of a positive test — the main issue is quarantine. Bertrang said 14 staff members have been quarantined out of precaution. Regulations require those quarantined after coming in contact with a positive-testing person to remain isolated for two weeks. Those two weeks of quarantine can be a backbreaker for the school. Bertrang said depending on the time and the building, staffing can be a challenge.