Minnesota set to release fall guidance for K-12 schools on Thursday

The Department of Education has been considering three possible scenarios.
Publish date:

Guidance for the return of school in the fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be released on Thursday.

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced it's holding a conference call with media at 2 p.m., which Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller will be joining.

She will be there "to discuss the new fall planning guidance for K-12 schools that will be released on Thursday," per the Department of Health.

It was revealed earlier this week that the education department is considering 3 scenarios for the return to school in September: Fully resuming in-person classes; a hybrid of in-person and distance learning; and total distance learning.

But the possibility that in-person classes can resume continues to grow if the coronavirus trends continue as they are in Minnesota, which is prompting higher education establishments including the University of Minnesota to announce they will resume in-person tuition in September.

The numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 have been trending downward in recent weeks.

However, it hasn't yet been seen whether the loosening of restrictions to allow restaurants and bars to resume dine-in service as of June 10 has had any impact on COVID-19 rates, with other states that have reopened – including Texas, Arizona and Florida – having subsequently seen significant spikes in cases.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

That doesn't seem to be the case yet in the Upper Midwest, with the likes of Wisconsin and Illinois joining Minnesota in seeing the virus slow.

Even the widespread protests in the Twin Cities in the wake of George Floyd's death haven't yet resulted in a spike in cases, with pictures and videos from the demonstrations showing that the majority were wearing face masks.

But epidemiologists, including the U of M's Dr. Michael Osterholm, have warned that there remains the potential for a larger "second wave" of the virus in the fall and winter.

Next Up

Adam Thielen

Vikings activate Adam Thielen off COVID-19/reserve list

The star receiver missed last week's victory over Carolina.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.

Lindsay Whalen

Whalen's Gophers start season with only 7 players available

Whalen isn't happy that a transfer wasn't granted immediate eligibility to play.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.21.08 AM

Baby steals the show in Minnesota family's viral TikTok video

Definitely busting out that wobbly baby move at the next party...

George Floyd protest

Activist groups release 'The People's Budget,' call for $53M Minneapolis police cuts

The People's Budget, spearheaded by Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block, would cut more than $53 million from MPD's budget.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Man dies weeks after November mini bike crash in Lakeville

The crash involved in mini bike and a van in Lakeville on Nov. 9.

gov. tim walz

Walz to be joined by first responders at COVID press conference Wednesday

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.


school, students

Minnesota releases guidance for schools ahead of fall restart

They're being told to plan for 3 possible scenarios depending on the severity of COVID-19.


Minnesota will release back-to-school COVID-19 guidance on July 30

The state had said a decision would be made by next week.


Rochester school delays start of classes after positive COVID-19 cases

Three staff members tested positive, and others have been in close contact with them.


Coronavirus: Gov. Walz reveals plans for 2020-21 school year

The governor issued the state's long-awaited guidance Thursday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

Watch live: Gov. Walz announces guidance for 2020-21 school year

He is expected to announce that school districts will have control over reopening plans.


List of fall restart plans chosen by Minnesota school districts

This list will be updated as more school districts announce their plans.


Grades 9-12 at Brainerd High School to go online due to COVID-19 outbreak

Classes have been canceled for Wednesday, and will resume via distance learning Thursday.