Following last week’s executive order giving local districts the final say on going back to school, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Hopkins Public Schools have all announced the adoption of a hybrid learning model, including full time distance learning for any families that request it. In response, Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) released the following statement:
“The decision by Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Hopkins Public Schools to adopt a hybrid learning model is in accordance with the guidelines given by the state for the safety and wellbeing of students, families, teachers, and staff. Each district is also providing a fulltime distance learning option while taking steps to support students who require additional assistance, like students with special needs, so they receive the specialized care they need.
The coronavirus virus has forced all of us to make difficult decisions, and how to go back to school safely is perhaps the most difficult one we have faced yet. Many of us want our kids back in school. Not only to learn, but to socialize with their friends, get the in-person teaching they need, and built the relationships we all rely on. We also have a moral obligation to keep our kids and educators safe. The challenges are different in each district, which is why letting our local communities decide their approach is the right choice. We stand ready at the legislature to provide any further assistance that our districts require to best serve our students.”