SAINT PAUL, MN—Governor Walz announced guidelines today to allow school districts to decide how to safely reopen this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of education will provide school districts with a framework of data and a formula for guidance 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.
Following the Governor’s announcement Senator John Hoffman released the following statement:
“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. As a firm supporter of local control, this is a decision I fully support. A unilateral, one-size-fits-all decision on schools reopening this fall just would not have worked. The guidelines will provide information to help parents, many who are conflicted over sending their students back to school, to make better decisions and will allow our communities to do decide to do what is best for our schools. As a strong advocate for students with disabilities, this decision must also assures that education programs for students with disabilities continue to meet the individual needs of every student to the same extent as the needs of all students are met.”