Walz Reveals School Re-Opening Guidelines
TJ Leverentz | Jul 30, 2020 AT 2:28 pm
(KWNO) Governor Tim Walz unveiled guidelines for reopening schools Thursday.
School districts are allowed to decide between in-person learning, distance learning or a mix of the two. The Governor recomends that districts make their instruction descisions based on the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.
According to State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, schools in county’s with less than nine new cases per 10,000 residents over a 14-day span can fully re-open. Schools in counties between nine and 50 new cases per 10,000 residents are recommended re-open on a limited basis with younger students getting priority for in-person instruction. Schools within counties of more than 50 new cases per 10,000 residents over a two week period are urged to conduct all learning online.
Districts will announce their learning models and are required to provide what officials call an "equitable distance learning" option for students.
The Walz administration will distribute $250 million in federal funds to schools for safety plans and masks, which will be required for students and staff in all public and charter schools.
"This is a localized, data-driven approach to making sure that school districts where it is physically possible to teach our students, we will do that,” Walz said.
This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.