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Minneapolis, St. Paul teachers unions oppose school reopening plans


January 13, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Nicole Nolen, a kindergarten teacher at Adams Spanish Immersion, waved a red bandana out her car window while honking with other cars full of demonstrators at Tuesday night's rally.

Teachers unions in Minneapolis and St. Paul are pushing back on their districts' February reopening plans, asking them to delay the return to classrooms over safety concerns during the pandemic.

Gov. Tim Walz announced in mid-December that elementary schools could reopen as soon as Jan. 18, with precautions, and many districts are set to bring young students back next week. But Minneapolis and St. Paul, which have both been in distance learning since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring, are aiming for February starts.

Minneapolis announced its plan last week, and union leaders in that district say they've been excluded from key decisionmaking discussions. They are seeking an agreement to establish class-size caps, weekly COVID-19 testing for staff and social distancing protocols before the district's youngest students return to in-person classes.


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