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Minneapolis schools welcome the youngest students back to classrooms


February 9, 2021

Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

Jefferson Community School Principal Holly Kleppe greeted students coming back to school Monday in Minneapolis.

Underneath her winter coat on Monday morning, Jefferson Community School Principal Holly Kleppe wore a tool belt stocked with essential back-to-school supplies: a bottle of hand sanitizer and several kid-sized masks.

"You've grown so much since I saw you," she said to one boy, her face shield fogging up in the subzero temperatures. "It's so different to see you in person rather than on a screen."

Minneapolis schools, shuttered since the pandemic's onset, began reopening Monday by bringing in a wave of preschool and kindergarten students who opted for in-person learning. First- and second-graders will come back later this week, followed by third- through fifth-graders on Feb. 22.


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