Districts, Schools and Educators

Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year

On July 30, 2020 Governor Tim Walz shared Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan that requires all Minnesota public schools to meet public health standards set by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) when selecting or changing their school learning model.

Read the Family Guide to Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year (PDF).

School districts must be prepared for any situation that may arise during the COVID-19 pandemic. MDE is has directed schools to prepare three learning models:

• Scenario 1: In person learning for all students
• Scenario 2: Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits
• Scenario 3: Distance learning only

More information about learning models is available in Guidance for Families – Planning for the 2020-21 School Year.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the virus, school districts and charter schools may need to use more than one scenario during the school year. Additionally, the transition to a new scenario may need to happen quickly. In each of these plans, schools must address how they operate the school building, how they will support students and families, and how they will support their educators in their professional development. Schools are expected to partner with their school community as they develop these plans. Final plans must be translated and communicated in written and oral languages based on the needs of each community.

School-age Care

Schools are open to provide care for school-age children of workers who the governor says are “critical.” Please contact your child’s school to learn more about school-age care.

Free Meals for Kids App

Children under the age of 18 can get free food at schools and community buildings across Minnesota. You can find a location that is serving free meals by downloading a free app on your smartphone. Search “Free Meals for Kids” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download it. The app will use your location to show you where the closest location providing food is and when it is open. The app was created by Hunger Impact Partners.

Information about COVID-19

More information about COVID-19 is on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Questions about Distance Learning?

Contact your school
If you have questions or concerns about your student’s school work, receiving meals, school-age care or other services provided through your school.

Contact the Minnesota Department of Education
If you have questions about distance learning guidance for schools or concerns about schools.

Family Activity Guide (PDF)

Resources for Families from Minnesota Children’s Cabinet (PDF)