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Minnesota schools face uncertainty amid a pandemic-related budget crunch


David Joles – Star Tribune

Schools continued to provide meals and child care during the pandemic this spring, adding to their costs.

Minnesota school districts scrambling to prepare for an uncertain academic year are tallying the millions of dollars they'll have to spend - and that they could lose - as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are laptops and software and wireless hot spots to buy, in case classes again need to move online. If students return to school in person, there's also a long list of purchases to make buildings safe: sanitizer and hand-washing stations, plexiglass barriers, extra classroom supplies so students don't have to share.

Social distancing requirements may necessitate additional bus drivers to ferry smaller groups of children and more custodians to keep buildings clean.


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