Citing the continuance of community spread of COVID-19 in Grand Forks County, the Grand Forks Public Schools Board of Education has approved a shift of its instructional model to remote learning.

"This current rate of community spread is not sustainable for our staffing or the continuity of learning," Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner said in a communication with district stakeholders.

Beginning November 30, and continuing through early January, all students, whether previously face-to-face or in a hybrid learning model, will move to remote learning. On January 4, the face-to-face/hybrid learning model resumes.

"While we are disappointed we must temporarily close our buildings, we are pleased with the progress and gains our students have made this school year," Brenner said in the communication. "We are ready and prepared to make this temporary transition to remote learning a success."