Today, Governor Walz announced school districts, teachers, parents, and school boards will be allowed to decide – with guidelines from the Department of Health and Department of Education – how to safely reopen this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts will be provided a framework of data and a guidance formula to help school districts choose between fully opening, a hybrid of in class and distance learning, or fully distance learning, depending on the number of cases of COVID-19 in their county and community.
Following the Governor’s announcement, Senator Greg Clausen released the following statement:
“As a former teacher, coach, high school principal, and parent, I know this was a difficult decision for Governor Walz and his administrative team. The top priority for all of us is the safety, health, and wellbeing of students, teachers, staff, and families. The governor made a data-driven decision today with the understanding that local school districts have the best expertise in their communities and are committed to making the best decisions for their students. I support Governor Walz’s decision and believe it is good news for parents, students, teachers, and communities. Under these guidelines, local school boards, health officials, and parents can collaborate to determine what is best for their students, teachers, parents, and staff. The guidelines will provide information to help parents, many of whom are conflicted over sending their students back to school, to make better decisions, and will allow local communities to decide what is best for their schools.”