The Perham-Dent Public School district will return to its original model after its self-imposed distance learning comes to an end on Jan. 18. The decision was made during a meeting of the school's Incident Command Team, a news release from the Perham-Dent Public School said.

The decision will move Perham Public Schools back into an in-person model for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, while seven through twelfth-grade students will return to the hybrid model on Jan. 19.

Perham Superintendent Mitch Anderson said the numbers are going in the right direction and that a lot of the schools are looking at returning.

Otter Tail County Assistant Public Health Director Kristi Wentworth said the area is seeing a decline in cases and that the 14-day case rate for the county is down to 66 and estimated to be below 50 for the first time in quite a while.

It was decided during the meeting that the best way to return would be to the original model of in-person for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and the hybrid model for seven through 12 grade.

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Perham Public Schools continues to work toward returning to an in-person model across the district. It is looking at localized data, such as the 14-day case rate and zip code data. The district will continue to review the local data and staffing situation upon return to the in-person and hybrid models.