Governor Tim Walz announced today his plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year as the state still combats COVID-19. The guidelines that he introduced include input from teachers, parents, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and other health officials. This plan is driven by data and evidence and tailored to local conditions in order to prioritize the health and safety of students and the community, but also recognize the importance of getting young people back into school when and where possible.
“I know many of the parents, teachers, and students in my district are eager to get back to school, but they also want to know that they will be safe in doing so,” said Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis. “The Governor’s plan will give the local school districts the opportunity to make the best decision for their schools. I encourage students, parents, teachers, and staff to engage with our school district decision makers to help achieve the balance of health and learning.”
The decision-making process will center on local data indicating the level of viral activity in the surrounding county. This localized, data-driven approach allows schools to operate in a learning model that is responsive to the state of the pandemic in each specific community. School districts and charter schools will be in one of three models: in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid model.