As of July 1, 2021, Minnesota's state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. The Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health are committed to continuing to support schools in ensuring the health and safety of all students, staff and families in their communities. This page provides information and resources for schools.
Summer 2021 Programming
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released the COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Summer School: Executive Summary, along with detailed guidance in the COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Summer School. This guidance provides health recommendations to pre-K through grade 12 schools that have completed the 2020-21 learning year as well as only a limited number of requirements from the federal government and existing Minnesota Rules:
- Face coverings: All people are required by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order to wear face coverings on all public transportation conveyances (airports, public buses, etc.), including school buses.
- Handling a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19: Minnesota Rule 4605.7070 requires any person in charge of any institution, school, child care facility, or camp to cases of COVID-19 to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
This guidance will be updated if national and state recommendations evolve over the coming months.
Middle and high schools will continue to be able to offer COVID-19 testing for students through the state program throughout the summer.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Minnesotans Ages 12 and OlderAll Minnesotans age 12 and older are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine.
The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Through the Vaccine Connector, you can be among the first to hear about new vaccine opportunities in your area and you can directly sign up for an appointment at one of Minnesota's Community Vaccination Program sites.
If you have questions about the form or need language assistance, please call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053.
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.
COVID-19 Public Health Information
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is continuing to monitor 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. The MDH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website has all of the latest information. For assistance with health-related questions about COVID-19, email the Minnesota Department of Health.
Resources for Districts and Schools
Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year - 5/20/21
The Safe Learning Plan was in effect during the 2020-21 school year. It is no longer in effect.
2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools - 5/20/21
This guidance was in effect during the 2020-21 school year. It is no longer in effect.