Winona State self-quarantines as Minnesota schools reopen
September 9, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS - Winona State University quarantined itself for two weeks starting Tuesday amid an increasing spread of the coronavirus on the southeastern Minnesota campus, while most of the state's elementary and secondary schools kicked off a school year that will test whether their preparations to teach amid the pandemic will pay off.
The day after Labor Day marks the traditional return to school for most Minnesota school districts, though some started earlier. State Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker acknowledged at a briefing for reporters that there was "nothing traditional about this school year." But she expressed confidence that the months of preparations by faculty and staff will keep schools "as safe as possible."
Ricker didn't have complete figures on all 576 school districts and charter schools statewide. But with 426 districts and charter schools reporting, she said, 267 of them opened using a hybrid of in-person and distance learning, or 63%; while 53 of them, or 12%, were using only distance learning; and 106, or 25%, were offering only in-person learning.