Opening schools this fall a challenge

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Administrators for Benson Public Schools are planning for three different scenarios for teaching students when classes resume in early September, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the board of education Monday night.

During the week of July 27, Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota Department of Health will determine under what scenario schools will open in the fall, he said. Whether that is distance learning, in-person learning in the classroom, or a hybrid model that combines distance learning and in-class teaching will be decided at that time. The local school board has no say in how classes will be conducted at this stage.

Administrators favor getting students back in the classroom.

“We would hope to have our students and staff in school for face-to-face classes, and have social distancing and safety protocols in place,” Laumeyer told the school board...


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