Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced his nuanced guidelines for how districts should start school in the fall — by reopening classrooms, continuing distance learning or implementing a combination of the two — all based on COVID-19 case data. The plan emphasized student and school staff health and safety, but also emphasized the importance of classroom learning.
Many districts have yet to make a decision about the coming semester. MPR News host Angela Davis continues a three-hour special unpacking the state’s guidelines. The previous 90 minutes can be heard on the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast.
Jessica Davis is the Minnesota Teacher of the Year and a racial equity coach with St. Louis Park Public Schools.
Rachel Coleman is the mother of two students at Edgerton Elementary School in Maplewood and the president of Edgerton’s PTA.
Daniel Bittman is the superintendent of Independent School District 728, which includes Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman.
Elizabeth Shockman is an education reporter for MPR News.