Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent’s Statement on School Reopening Guidance

SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, Governor Walz announced a state plan for the safe reopening of schools in the upcoming school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance includes a framework of data and a formula for local school districts to use in choosing between fully reopening, fully distance learning, or a hybrid of the two. The decision must be based on the number of COVID-19 cases in each county. Following the Governor’s announcement Senator Susan Kent released the following statement:

“The Governor’s guidance allows local school districts to make the best decision for the health and safety of their students, teachers, staff, and communities. As COVID-19 cases vary throughout the state, this plan is data-driven and rooted in science and research to provide flexibility,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “While Minnesotans are conflicted over sending their children back to school, these guidelines include input from teachers, parents, and health officials. We all know that for students, families and educators, having our kids in class would be ideal, and we should strive for that goal. But we also recognize that COVID-19 means full in-person learning could be unsafe in many Minnesota communities. Governor Walz’s plan strikes the balance of supporting both safety and learning. In bringing together local education leaders who know their communities best, and the public health experts who know the virus best, this plan will help determine a learning model that makes the most sense for each community.”


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