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Gov. Walz Details Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year

Governor Walz and several Cabinet Members detailed the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21 at a press conference on Thursday, July 30. The plan details a localized, data-driven approach to selecting the learning model to be used by local school districts. According to the plan, experts at the Departments of Health and Education will partner with local school districts to help determine which learning model they should use to start the school year.

How do schools determine their safe learning model?

STEP 1: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will use data from counties to determine a base learning model for public schools.

STEP 2: Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will share county data and the consultative process for public schools to engage with education and public health experts to review their county health data and safe learning plans.

STEP 3: Public schools, with their incident command team, will evaluate their ability to implement required and recommended health best practices.

STEP 4: Public schools, in consultation with public health, will determine a learning model to begin the school year and communicate that decision with their school community.

STEP 5: Public schools and MDH will monitor the community and school-level impact of COVID-19 on a regular basis. Adjustments will be made to the learning model if needed.

For all learning models, school districts will be required to ensure all families have the option to choose distance learning for their student, no matter where they live. Teachers and staff will be given similar flexibility.

PLEASE RESPOND: Do you want Distance Learning for your child/children? Please CLICK HERE to complete this Form. 

Beginning July 30, school districts may begin working with state consultants to discuss selection and implementation of a learning plan.

The Governor and his Commissioners noted that throughout the school year, school districts will need to be flexible and adapt with the fluid nature of this pandemic. The Departments of Education and Health will work with school districts and local health professionals to consistently track the virus to determine if and when a school may need to adjust their learning plan.

PLEASE RESPOND: If St. Louis Park Public Schools is able to provide in-person instruction during the 2020-21 school year, we anticipate a shortage of student seats on school buses due to required social distancing. If you live in an area where school bus transportation is provided for your student’s school (see map), and you are able to bring your child to school, we ask that you Opt Out of school bus transportation.  If you reside in a no bus area, as usual, your child will not be eligible to receive school bus transportation.  We are trying to establish an early estimate of need. Are you able to Opt Out of district-provided bus transportation for the 2020-21 school year? Please CLICK HERE to complete the Form.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year to provide a safe and nurturing environment that energizes and enhances the spirit of all learners - and in all learning environments.