Minneapolis Public Schools will move back to distance learning for three days in anticipation of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Bring Me The News has confirmed that staff were told Friday that in-person classes will still go ahead on Monday and Tuesday, but all grades will shift to remote learning Wednesday through Friday next week.
It was only this past Monday that students in grades 9-12 were allowed to return to in-person learning following more than a year distance learning due to COVID-19, and those in grades 6-8 are due to return this Monday.
The prosecution and defense in the Chauvin trial will present their closing arguments on Monday, with the jury then expected to be sent out to deliberate on the verdict.
They will be sequestered at a Twin Cities hotel during their deliberations, with a verdict potentially due to be delivered towards the end of next week.
Authorities are on high alert for possible civil unrest following the verdict, with the Minnesota National Guard maintaining a heavy presence in Minneapolis during the course of the trial, which has been stepped up following the police killing of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.