Across Minnesota, many schools start a new year
Jitters, cheers for first day of school in continuing shadow of COVID
September 8, 2021
Students across Minnesota packed their backpacks and headed into classrooms Tuesday morning, kicking off a third school year altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many students were wearing masks because of school district-imposed mandates, particularly in metro-area schools. Some entered classrooms where desks are still spaced to allow for extra distance, and some aren't in classrooms at all - opting instead for one of a growing number of online learning programs offered across the state.
But unlike last fall, the majority of students heading back for the 2021-22 academic year will be in person, getting face-to-face greetings from teachers and principals hoping for a less chaotic school year.