MINNEOTA (KMHL) – It’s a return to school today for 7th through 12th grade students in the Minneota School District.

It has been a week of continual change in the district. Minneota Schools Superintendent Dan Deitte (Dee-ette) gave a lot of credit to staff that he says stepped up to help students return to school this week.

“You know you don’t go into it expecting that, but when they stepped up and they are volunteering their hours to help out, it really shows the power of a small town, said Deitte.

Earlier this week, the district thought all students would be forced to distance learn because of a concern that custodians had all been a close contact to COVID-19, and Sunday evening the district announced the school would be distance learning this week.

But Deitte says Monday they were fortunate to find out one custodian, with a boilers’ license, was not a close contact, and from there he notes the staff rallied.

“A lot of staff members stepped up and said they would help us help sanitize and clean the building with that custodian in charge,” said Deitte.

He said they met with the school board Monday night, which approved allowing 7th through 12th grade students to return Wednesday.

As a result, activities and athletics are also able to return this week.