'Localized' Minnesota school plan sets thresholds for reopening
July 31, 2020
Minnesota school districts will be granted flexibility in their reopening decisions this fall, depending on the spread of COVID-19 in their communities and their ability to meet a long list of health and safety standards in school buildings.
In his "Safe Learning Plan" released Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz said state officials are taking a "localized, data-driven approach" to reopening schools amid the global pandemic, with a goal of getting students back in the classroom while minimizing the spread of the virus. That means schools that meet particular thresholds could get clearance to reopen full or part time, while those in COVID-19 hot spots may have to start the school year at home, with distance learning.
The plan outlines a year in which schools that are able - and choose - to open will need to maintain strict cleaning procedures, make accommodations for physical distancing, enforce near-universal mask wearing and quickly pivot in the event of a school or community COVID-19 outbreak.