The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released today a guide for families to help them understand what to expect for the 2020-21 school year. The guide is available in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
This guide outlines the expectations around three learning scenarios for the school year:
In person learning for all students
In this scenario, schools provide as much space between students and teachers as possible during the day. However, schools will not need to strictly enforce 6 feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom.
Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits
Schools will limit the overall number of people in school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy.
Sufficient social distancing with at least 6 feet between people must occur at all times. If distancing cannot be achieved in a space or on a transportation vehicle, the number of occupants must be reduced.
Schools must also include plans for contactless pick-up and/or delivery of meals and school materials for days that students and staff are not in the school building, as well as implementation of a school-age care for critical workers.
Distance learning only
This may be implemented if local, regional, or statewide COVID-19 metrics worsen significantly enough to require the suspension of in-person learning. Schools may be open to provide emergency child care, meals and/or other functions.
If families are uncomfortable sending their students back to school buildings, they can connect with their district for a distance learning option.
There are new measures that schools need to take in Scenarios 1 and 2 to protect the health and safety of students, families and staff.
The guide also provides a snapshot of what families can expect under each scenario for the following:
- Student & Family Support
Learn more on MDE’s Supporting Students and Families COVID-19 Resources page.