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Minneapolis schools prepare elementary buildings ahead of students' return


February 4, 2021

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Stickers prohibit students from sitting too close to the bus driver to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a school bus outside Pillsbury Elementary.

The tile floors in Pillsbury Community School in northeast Minneapolis are shiny clean and streak-free - the telltale sign that students haven't walked the halls since last spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced them into distance learning.

That will change on Monday, when the school's youngest learners return to the building, where they will notice some changes.

Hand-washing stations now stand in the hallways, and air filtration systems whir in the corners of classrooms. Desks are placed at least 3 feet apart, and stickers on the floor mark where students can sit to practice social distancing. The children taking buses to and from school will have seating charts and ride with windows open.


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