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For Minnesotans, Walz's school plan brings more questions than answers


August 3, 2020

A bottle of hand sanitizer sits on a cart as Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans a chair in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School in July. In Minnesota, with little more than guidance from the state government for how to handle the upcoming school year, many families remain in limbo for how their lives will look in a month. Charlie Neibergall | AP Photo file

Dee Dee, a metro-area high school nurse, is at a loss. Her son is enrolled in pre-K for the upcoming school year, and she badly wants him to be able to get the education, enrichment and social interaction that school offers.

"I have a 4-year-old that I'd love to have in school," she said. "But I can't do that right now. It's going to be a lot more damaging for him in the long run to have a teacher die."

Dee Dee, who requested MPR News keep her last name and employer private for fear of repercussions at work, knows the risks well.


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