A Weekly Report of Coronavirus Cases in Community Schools

The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan statistical area includes Fargo and West Fargo in North Dakota, and Dilworth and Moorhead in Minnesota.

The public has a right and a need to know about confirmed coronavirus cases in schools. IV Words is contacting several school districts in the Fargo (N.D.)-Moorhead (Minn.) metropolitan statistical area (MSA) on a weekly basis to request figures for confirmed coronavirus cases among students, teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff members and administrators.

None of the school districts in the MSA has a protocol for informing the public of coronavirus cases. While none of the districts will be proactive in informing the community, Fargo Public Schools and West Fargo Public Schools have agreed to provide statistics related to confirmed coronavirus cases in their districts’ facilities if asked. So far neither the Dilworth nor the Moorhead district has responded to that question.

Fargo and West Fargo districts combine support staff, teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators under a single category – Staff. Cases are reported to the schools both by impacted individuals and Fargo Cass Public Health.

The following represents coronavirus cases confirmed in the first week of in-person instruction.

Fargo Public Schools

Administrators, teachers and staff members returned to school on Aug. 24, 2020, and the first day of classes was Sept. 2, 2020. The following figures include cases of coronavirus confirmed from those dates through September 10 in all Fargo Public Schools facilities. “Staff” includes teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff members and administrators.

As of September 10:

  • Students – 11
  • Staff – 7

West Fargo Public Schools

The first day of school in West Fargo was September 3. The following figures include cases of coronavirus confirmed from that date through September 10 in all West Fargo Public Schools facilities. “Staff” includes teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff members and administrators.

As of September 10:

  • Students – 6
  • Staff – 2

Moorhead Area Public Schools

The first day of classes in Moorhead Area Public Schools was September 8. IV Words will attempt to obtain information next week and report coronavirus figures on Friday, September 18.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Public Schools

The first day of classes in Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Public Schools was September 8. IV Words will attempt to obtain information next week and report coronavirus figures on Friday, September 18.

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