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 EnglishHmongSomali and Spanish.

This guide outlines the expectations around three learning scenarios for the school year:

Scenario 1:

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.

Scenario 2:

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.

Scenario 3:

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.

New Measures

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:

  • Academics
  • Student & Family Support
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Attendance

View the full guide.

Learn more on MDE’s Supporting Students and Families COVID-19 Resources page.