SAINT PAUL, Minn.— Governor Tim Walz announced today his plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year as the state still combats COVID-19. The guidelines that he introduced include input from teachers, parents, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and other health officials. This plan will be a localized, data-driven approach that prioritizes student and staff safety.
“As a parent of a 5-year-old who is entering kindergarten, I too, am concerned about the health and safety of children this fall as schools are deciding what to do amid a pandemic and achieving a high-quality educational experience,” said Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina. “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.”
The decision-making process will center on local data indicating the level of viral activity in the surrounding county. This localized, data-driven approach allows schools to operate in a learning model that is responsive to the state of the pandemic in each specific community. School districts and charter schools will be in one of three models: in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid model.