Urban Schools Ready to Reopen; Rural Districts Are Mixed
December 29, 2020
ST. PAUL, MInn. (AP) — New state guidance that will enable Minnesota’s youngest learners to head back to school next month is getting cheers from urban districts, jeers from rural schools and a mixed response from teachers.
Within hours of Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement that elementary schools soon can operate at full capacity, even as coronavirus case rates remain high, some of the state’s largest school districts said they’d move as quickly as possible.
Anoka-Hennepin, Osseo, Elk River and Robbinsdale all said they would resume a full-time, in-person schedule for grades 2 and under on Jan. 19, with grades 3 to 5 joining them two weeks later.