Minnesota school districts announce plans for elementary students' January return


December 18, 2020

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Second-grader Jesaias Jankowski watched as his teacher Danielle Putzke explained a math equation in class at South Ridge School in Culver, Minn., on Dec. 3.

Several of Minnesota's largest school districts intend to bring their youngest students back for in-person instruction next month, following Gov. Tim Walz's announcement that elementary schools could reopen as soon as Jan. 18.

Anoka-Hennepin, the state's largest district, told families that it plans to start shifting elementary students from distance to full-time, in-person instruction starting Jan. 19. Similar messages went out from school leaders in the Elk River, Osseo and Robbinsdale districts.

The St. Cloud Area School District said it would start bringing elementary students back for hybrid instruction that week, and Duluth Public Schools indicated that it would aim for "at least" hybrid instruction for elementary schools by mid- to late January.



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