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Some of Minnesota's youngest students go back to school


January 20, 2021

David Joles, Star Tribune

In-person learning returned for kindergarten through second graders at Sonnesyn Elementary School on Tuesday in New Hope. Here, a young student came prepared with a number 2 pencil.

Principal Roberto Cantu donned his plastic face shield and greeted students by name as they jumped off the bus at Poplar Bridge Elementary School in Bloomington on Tuesday morning. Each student carried a backpack stuffed full of the items - tablets, art supplies and books - they had used for at-home learning.

"It's like our fourth first day of school," Cantu said, referring to the school's switches between distance, hybrid and now full in-person learning so far this school year.

Tuesday marked the first phase of bringing many of Minnesota's elementary students back into school buildings. In addition to Bloomington, districts including Anoka-Hennepin, Osseo, South Washington County, Elk River, Robbinsdale and Wayzata are welcoming back kindergartners and first- and second-graders this week, with older elementary students moving from distance to in-person learning in February.


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