What's next for Minnesota schools?

A young girl holds up a white board with handwritten letter "A"s.
EllaRose and MangKu Yang complete schoolwork at home in April 2020. Many Minnesota school districts have yet to make a decision about how students will go back to school in a COVID-19 world.
Courtesy of Pang Foua Xiong file

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.

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