Governor Walz announced today that school districts have the flexibility to decide how to safely reopen this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of education will provide school districts a framework of data and a formula for guidance to help them 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 Nick Frentz released the following statement:
“This is good news for schools, parents, and our students. Under these guidelines, local school boards, health officials and parents can decide what is best for our students, teachers, parents, and other school staff. As a firm supporter of local control, this is a decision I fully support. The Walz administration will be providing guidelines to help schools and parents, many who are conflicted over sending their students back to school, make better decisions and will allow individual communities to decide to do what is best for them.”