The plan introduced by Governor Walz today provides a framework for local decision makers to choose the education model that works best for them, by using data and input from those in the community.
I have every confidence that our community leaders in my district to make the best localized, data-driven decision to help keep our children safe and healthy while continuing the level of quality education that ranks Minnesota high in the nation.
This is good news for schools, parents, and our students. Under these guidelines, the Local Education Agency (LEA), local school boards, health officials and parents can collaborate to decide what is best for our students, teachers, parents, and other staff.
The Governor’s guidance allows local school districts to make the best decision for the health and safety of their students, teachers, staff, and communities. As COVID-19 cases vary throughout the state, this plan is data-driven and rooted in science and research to provide flexibility.
The Minnesota Department of Health will be hosting two days of community testing for COVID-19 at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Chisholm next week. The testing will be open to everyone, including those without symptoms, and will be free.
Governor Walz introduced an executive order requiring the wearing of masks in all indoor public spaces and businesses for Minnesotans aged 6 and over. In response, the three DFL doctors of the Minnesota Legislature, Senator Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights), Representative Alice Mann (DFL-Lakeville), and Representative Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven) released the following statement supporting the Governor’s decision.