Skip to main content

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has announced it will shift to online learning at the end of this week as the district battles a COVID-related staffing shortage.

MPS announced the decision Wednesday afternoon in a news release, saying online learning will start Friday, Jan. 14. In-person learning will pick up again on Monday, Jan. 31. 

Related: Omicron surge: MN preparing for 'something we've never seen before'

The district provided some more details to parents in an email blast, citing a "significant reduction in staff available to work in person due to COVID-19."

"The current surge in COVID-19 challenges the ability to operate schools and provide transportation at full capacity, but MPS remains committed to providing consistent learning for students," the email says.

Later, it describes online learning as "a crisis response" to the current staffing issues.

MPS is only the latest school district in the state to move to online learning. Other schools that have made recent similar announcements include:

Minneapolis Public Schools students should bring devices home Thursday in advance of the temporary switch to online, according to the email. However, school buildings will still be open for online learning if a family cannot keep a student at home during this two-week period, the email says. Buses will still pick up and drop off kids as needed.

Related: MN child care providers will no longer need to quarantine kids, staff exposed to COVID

Schools will continue to offer breakfast and lunch as well. Families can pick up the bagged meals each day. 

In-person after-school programs are canceled and Minneapolis Kids will not be open. Varsity athletics will continue, but JV and middle school sports will be shut down for the online learning period.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up


Newest 'Dirty Jobs' ep. has Mike Rowe scraping shmutz in MN

He'll scrape and clean a "special kind of shmutz" from the bottom of an escalator at a local hockey arena.

school, classroom

Here are the 77 nominees for the MN Teacher of the Year award

The nominees will be trimmed to a group of semifinalists and then a group of finalists.

crystal police department

2 women found dead in Crystal home, police investigating

Authorities investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.


Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.



Minneapolis schools pushes back shift to in-person learning

A rise in COVID-19 cases is forcing the district to move back the dial on its safe learning plan.


Minneapolis schools cancels after-school activities Thursday

This will help "maximize buses available for taking students home after school in very cold temperatures."

Flickr - child wearing mask close up - Nenad Stojkovic

COVID surge leads to staffing shortage at Twin Cities school district

The district is telling families to prepare for periods of remote learning.

unsplash - school classroom students

Minneapolis schools confirm return to in-person teaching Monday

The school district shifted to online learning almost two weeks ago as rising COVID cases led to staff and bus driver shortages.

Pixabay - school - classroom

Minneapolis Public Schools to require face masks for staff, students

The rule goes into effect Monday, and will continue at the start of the new school year.

School lunch cafeteria flickr

MPS changes course, will provide meals to Edison students for distance learning

The district had initially said meals would not be offered during the remote learning period.

Edison high school wikimedia commons

Mpls. school goes to distance learning after students exposed to COVID

In-person classes will resume next month, the district said.