Governor Tim Walz says Minnesota school districts would work with state officials to evaluate local spread of COVID and preparedness, before deciding whether students are back in the classroom this fall, or distance learning continues, or a combination of the two. And Walz says the state will also work with school districts to determine if they need to “dial between” the various learning methods, depending on the progression of COVID in their particular community:

“This plan alone won’t work if community spread accelerates. This plan won’t work if people choose to gather in large groups and we get it if it’s asymptomatic. And what that will end up doing is, it will end up impacting our children. And again, it’s not their fault. COVID’s not their fault.”

The governor is also requiring school districts and charter schools give families the option of distance learning, regardless of what learning method those schools are using.