Gov. Walz loosens school restrictions

MINNESOTA - In his administration's latest loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Tim Walz today updated Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan to allow more middle and high school students to return the classroom. Beginning February 22, all middle and high school students can return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning. Governor Walz expects all schools to offer their students some form of in-person learning by March 8.

Walz released the details of his plan shortly after 10 a.m., ahead of his address to Minnesotans at noon.

It says that beginning Monday, Feb. 22, "all middle and high school students can return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning."

What's more, Walz says he expects all schools in the state to offer students "some form of in-person learning by March 8," but also says families uncomfortable with sending their kids to school must still be offered distance learning options.

"Districts and charter schools that are already operating in-person or hybrid learning or have publicly announced a plan to transition to in-person or hybrid learning may continue with their plans," the announcement added.

The changes follow the release of new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, which outline considerations for schools as they make reopening decisions, including metrics based on how widely COVID-19 is circulating in local communities.

The state is still encouraging students and families returning for in-person learning to get a COVID-19 test every two weeks.



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