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Gov. Walz to announce school plans at Thursday press conference

The governor will reveal the state's guidance for school reopenings.
Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz will reveal his administration's plans for the new school year amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at a Thursday press conference.

The governor has called a press conference for 2 p.m., at which he will announce the state's "learning plan" for the 2020-21 school year. It will be available to view on his YouTube page.


The state has been considering three options: distance learning; a return to in-person teaching with COVID safety measures; or a hybrid version of both.

There's also the potential that he will leave it up to individual school districts to make their own decisions based on the situations in their local areas.

That's what Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, suggested would happen in an interview with KARE 11.

School districts have already been making their own plans for the upcoming academic year.

Minneapolis Public Schools this week issued a proposed phased plan that would see school resume initially with distance learning, with some buildings staying open to provide targeted, one-to-one support.

Walz will be joined at the press conference by Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, and Education Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller

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