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SEPS online student numbers drop

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye Public School Superintendent John Cselovszki told the District 84 school board Tuesday that online student numbers have fallen recently.

Cselovszki said the latest online student numbers are 21 elementary students and 23 students in grades 7-12. That compares to 24 K-6 students and 34 7-12 students earlier this fall.

“That’s good news. It means students are returning to in-person classes,” Cselovszki said.

He said that while Brown County COVID-19 cases are rising, the school district will continue with in-person classes for grades K-6 and a hybrid model for grades 7-12.

Cselovszki said two staff and one student have been diagnosed with COVID-19, causing them to be isolated. He said after isolation and a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school.

“Overall, we’ve avoided any major school issues,” Cselovszki said.

He said elementary school virtual parent-teacher conferences are ongoing.

Agenda action items included a grievance settlement agreement between the Minnesota School Employees Association, a union of nearly 7,000 classified public school employees, and the school district. This agreement was approved on a motion by Bryan Sellner, seconded by Brian Nelson.

Cselovszki said he denied the grievance. Further details were not available.

Approved donations included $15,000 from the Bayer Fund and $1,000 from Kibble Equipment, Inc., to benefit the agriculture program; and $19.41 for the high school Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program and $19.41 to elementary fundraiser account by an anonymous donor through the Charities Aid Foundation of America.

Cselovszki said 455 people viewed Sleepy Eye’s first volleyball game and 155 viewed their first football game on live stream video.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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