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MN officials announce three potential plans for 2020-2021 school year

MN officials announce three potential plans for 2020-2021 school year Photo: WDIO File

Updated: June 18, 2020 02:50 PM

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that school districts should plan for three potential learning models for the 2020-2021 school year.

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These learning models are:

  • Model 1: In-person learning for all students
  • Model 2: Hybrid learning (combination of distance learning and in-person learning) with strict social distancing and capacity limits
  • Model 3: Distance learning only

According to officials, the model that schools should move forward with in the fall will be announced by the week of July 27.

In response to this news, Bill Gronseth, Superintendent for Duluth Public Schools said teachers and administrators would work to develop plans that addressed learning, transportation and meals for students.

According to Gronseth, this may mean fewer children in a classroom to allow for social distancing, or more bus runs to limit the number of children on a particular bus.

Gronseth also said schools will work to provide technology and access to digital classrooms to all students, while sharing information and soliciting feedback from families and staff.

“The pandemic is a continually evolving situation and a challenging one, with responses geared toward maintaining health and safety and providing a high-quality education to students,” Gronseth said. “It’s a community effort, the help and support of staff, families and the Duluth community is much appreciated.”

According to Gronseth, incoming superintendent, John Magas, has also been involved in preliminary planning and is prepared to take over July 1.

The Minnesota Department of Education released a statewide survey regarding distance learning that they encourage parents and guardians to take. A link for that can be found here.

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