Earlier today, Governor Walz announced updates to Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan to allow more middle and high school students to return to the classroom. All local school districts will be empowered to return all students to in-person learning as soon as February 22nd and all students must have the option of returning to the classroom in a hybrid or in-person setting no later than March 8th.
“I am happy to see Governor Walz release a plan that not only gives students the opportunity to get back in the classroom, but prioritizes safety at the same time,” said ranking DFL-lead on the Senate Education and Finance Committee Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL- Maplewood). “I commend the efforts and sacrifices made by school districts, teachers, parents, and students to get us this far. Through all our work to decrease the spread of COVID-19, we are finally seeing the results.”
The updates to Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan are accompanied by considerable progress in vaccinating Minnesotans to COVID-19. The Walz Administration has included educators as a priority for vaccinations, and announced that educators will have access to more than 18,000 vaccine doses through a range of providers next week- a significant increase in availability over recent weeks.
“The Governor’s plan builds on the administration’s leadership on testing and contact tracing by including specific mitigation strategies that include students in the testing efforts already provided to teachers and using individual school data on flu-like illnesses to decide the steps needed to be taken,” said Senator Wiger. “Governor Walz’s plan places students and science first.”