Welcoming Students Back to the Classroom

Despite a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Henning School will continue with in-person classes for the foreseeable future. Last week Otter Tail County’s 14-day COVID-19 number per 10,000 residents jumped from 8.79 from Aug. 9-22 to 11.9 from Aug. 16-29, which is above the guidelines set forth by the state for in-person learning at the high school level.
However, Henning School Superintendant Barry Olson said the county numbers are not necessarily a reflection of Henning’s COVID-19 cases. The guidelines from the state are just that, guidelines. Due to Otter Tail County’s overall large population and area, an outbreak in a neighboring community may not be a reflection of the situation affecting Henning School families.
“There were one or two days that were big, but other than that our numbers have been going down,” said Olson of Otter Tail County’s COVID-19 numbers. “We expected them to be above 10 (last) week and above 10 (this) week, but then we expect them to go down.”