Photos: What going back to school looks like in a pandemic

Students give each other air hugs from across their desk.
Kindergarten students practice air hugs Thursday while watching a video on how to "greet from 6 feet" during class at Wildwood Elementary in Stillwater, Minn. Students are socially distanced in the classroom and have plexiglass barriers between them and their table mates.
Evan Frost | MPR News

It was an nontraditional first week of school for thousands of students across Minnesota. Some returned to school buildings — wearing face masks and social distancing — for the first time since the spring, when the state suspended in-person learning as the pandemic took off. Others logged on to their laptops from home for distance learning. 

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