COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 information other languages: Español - Hmoob - Karen - Soomaali

On July 30, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-82 to implement Minnesota's Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. This plan uses a localized, data-driven approach that allows school districts and charter schools to operate in a learning model that is responsive the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in their community. The plan prioritizes safe learning for all Minnesota students, including requiring school districts and charter schools to give families the option to choose distance learning for their student no matter which learning model their school is implementing.

Governor Walz is making $430 million available to school districts and charter schools to help them prepare for the 2020-21 school year. These funds can be used to cover operational costs (e.g., cleaning and screen supplies, technology, Wi-Fi, and mental health supports) and support to boost student, family, and educator support, such as digital training, tutors, translation services, and professional development.

Consistent with guidance from the CDC, Minnesota has strongly recommended widespread use of face coverings since April. On July 22, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-81 requiring face coverings in all indoor public spaces in Minnesota, including K-12 school buildings.

School districts and charter schools must adhere to the health requirements and recommendations in the 2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools issued by the Minnesota Department of Health and should consult 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools issued by the Minnesota Department of Education to develop and update their plans.

MDE has also created a guide to give families a quick overview of the education and health planning guidance that schools are using to plan for the 2020-21 school year. This document is intended to help families know what information they should expect from their child’s school. The guide is available in English, Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish on the Supporting Students and Families COVID-19 Resources page.

Safe Learning Model Data

Minnesotans can now view data on learning model implementation throughout the state using two tools. Learn more and view the data on the Safe Learning Model Data page.

Stay Updated

Check this page often to track school-related updates on the COVID-19 response. You can sign up to receive email notifications when this page is updated. We have also added sub-pages to help organize the COVID-19 information. Find up-to-date program guidance on these topics in the left navigation, or use the links provided below:

COVID-19 Public Health Information

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and is coordinating with other state and local agencies to share information and updates. MDH has a web page dedicated to information related to schools. This is an evolving situation, so check back to the MDH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website often for the latest information. For assistance with health-related questions about the coronavirus outbreak, email the Minnesota Department of Health.

Guidance for Districts and Schools