Minneota Public Schools, a district representing students and families in parts of Lincoln, Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties, announced they will delay the start of the school year on Sunday, less than 24 hours before the first day of class was set to begin Monday, because a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The school year will now start on September 1.

The staff member who tested positive was in contact with others connected to the district on a number of days last week, though Superintendent Dan Deitte said “the risk of exposure for other individuals present in the building on those dates is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.”

Anyone who was in contact with the staff member has been notified. All contacts have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days.

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