Schools creating three plans for starting classes

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Editor’s note: The following story was written with information from the Associated Press, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Swift County Monitor-News.

Minnesota health and education officials on Thursday asked school administrators to plan for three scenarios on reopening in the fall under the cloud of the coronavirus and promised a decision by the last week of July on whether students can return for in-person classes.

The state health and education departments asked K-12 school administrators to prepare for: in-person learning for all students; hybrid learning with social distancing and capacity limits; and distance learning only. They said their decisions may change toward fall as officials determine which contingency plan will best serve health and safety and conceded that distance learning didn’t work well for all students or their families.

Deputy Education Commissioner Heather Mueller said at a briefing that it’s even possible that schools may have to switch models mid-year if coronavirus cases start to rise again.

The Minnesota Department of Health this week also issued new guidance for long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living centers, on how to allow window visits and outdoor visits as the pandemic unfolds...


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