Hillsboro School Board adjusts learning plan to avoid confusion with Burgum’s guidelines

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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020 6:44 am | Updated: 7:01 am, Fri Nov 20, 2020.

The Hillsboro School Board has stripped the colors from the district’s return-to-learn plan to avoid confusion with Gov. Doug Burgum’s color-coded ND Smart Restart guidelines.

Burgum elevated Traill County and the the state’s other 52 counties to the orange or high-risk level for COVID-19 on Nov. 10.

Hillsboro Public Schools was operating under a separate color system earlier this year, which called for abandoning in-person learning if the district moved to orange.

Superintendent Paula Suda said the change in the county’s color announced by Burgum confused some Hillsboro parents, who thought the district would be forced to rely on distance learning this winter.

She recommended school officials transition from a color-coded school risk plan to one with four tiers based on the prevalence of COVID-19 among students and staff in the district.

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