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Minneapolis high school students head back to classrooms


April 13, 2021

Wellstone International High School Principal Christian Ledesma, right, greeted students with a foot bump as they returned to in-person classes Monday in Minneapolis. ELIZABETH FLORES •

Standing in front of a table of disposable masks and hand sanitizer, Principal Christian Alberto Ledesma greeted his students in person for the first time in more than a year. He offered "good mornings" and waves, even sticking his foot out to bump shoes with a student as a socially distanced welcome to Wellstone International High School in south Minneapolis.

"They can't see how much I'm smiling through my mask," he said. "It's exciting to actually have people in the building instead of just hearing their voices over a computer."

About 100 students arrived at Wellstone for in-person classes Monday, marking the first time Minneapolis high schoolers were back in school buildings since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, when instruction went online. The other 80 or so students at the school opted to keep learning from home.


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