Schools in Minnesota will have the option to offer learning through distance learning and in-school classes this summer, according to an executive order Gov. Tim Walz signed on Thursday.
“The safety and well-being of all Minnesotans is always our top priority,” Gov. Walz said in a news release. “By slowly turning the dial for school settings this summer, we can better serve Minnesota’s students and families, and provide more opportunities for the in-person learning and social interactions that are critical for learning.”
Executive Order 20-57 lets schools offer some in-person instruction so long as they're following Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines on masks, social distancing, personal hygiene, screening, and cleaning, and adhere to MDH’s guidance for summer programs.
“We know how important it is to ensure that all students are receiving the education that they deserve,” Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker said. “We also know that there are many students who are not being served well by distance learning, despite our most creative efforts. That is why we are excited to be able to offer some in-person learning opportunities for Minnesota students this summer.”
Public and charter schools in Minnesota closed to in-person learning in late March. This new executive order allows schools to use in-person learning and distance learning during the "summer learning period," which begins after last day of the 2019-2020 school year and before the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the order states.