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As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, this web page provides information for schools, students, educators and families to stay informed about public schools in Minnesota. For additional resources and information about Minnesota's response to COVID-19, please visit mn.gov/COVID19 and staysafe.mn.gov.
Planning for the 2020-21 School Year
In March, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) followed the recommendation of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to move to a distance learning format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This format continued through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
MDE wants to hear from parents about their distance learning experiences this spring. Please share your experiences by completing this survey. The deadline to submit feedback has been extended to July 6.
In May, public health guidance allowed us to bring more students back into the classroom by supporting schools with a hybrid model of in-person and distance learning for summer programs.
As we plan for the 2020-21 school year, we are working with MDH to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and determine how to keep our students, their families and our staff healthy. While it is too soon to determine how students will return to school this fall, MDE and MDH have developed guidance around three scenarios to help them plan for the 2020-21 school year:
• Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students
• Scenario 2: Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits
• Scenario 3: Distance learning only
School districts and charter schools must adhere to the health requirements and recommendations in MDH 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Schools and should consult MDE 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools as plans for each scenario are developed.
Decisions around the fall may change as we learn more about which scenario will be in the best interest of public health, and specifically the health and safety of our school communities.
In partnership with MDH and the Governor’s Office we plan to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff and school communities for the 2020-21 school year by the week of July 27, 2020.
As we are monitoring the public health situation and working on our decision for the fall, MDE will continue to gather feedback from students, families, educators, and school staff. See the Public Engagement page for a list of groups we are engaging with to help inform our work. In addition to these feedback groups, MDE has collaborated with the WMCC to do a systems review of distance learning plans focused on structure, content and equity. This information will also help to identify any themes for our continued work in developing guidance for the fall.
Summer Programming Guidance for Schools
Governor Walz and Commissioner Ricker have announced that Minnesota public school districts and charter schools may choose to use a hybrid in-person and distance learning model, or a distance learning model for summer learning. This also applies to extended school year services. School buildings may also host other summer programming, if they can adhere to the updated public health guidelines. The pair previously announced that all Minnesota public schools will extend the Distance Learning Period for the rest of the 2019-20 school calendar year. View the Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools under "Guidance for Districts and Schools" below.
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:
- Student Instruction
- Food and Nutrition Services
- Special Education
- Supporting Students and Families
- Distance Learning Webinars for Educators
- CARES Act Funding Information
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs and COVID-19
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) COVID-19 Guidance
- COVID-19 Q Comp and Teacher Development and Evaluation Guidance - Updated 04/27/20
- Achievement and Integration Questions and Answers
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
2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools - 6/30/20
Minnesota Distance Teaching and Learning Implementation Guidance - 6/30/20
This document provides information for Minnesota public school districts and charter schools on the logistics and funding of their distance learning programs, including nutrition programs and school-age care for children of critical workers, during the distance learning period.
Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools - 6/25/20
2020 Statewide Assessment Reporting Guidance Due to COVID-19 - 6/11/20
Prioritization of Children of Families Working in Critical Sectors - 5/14/20
Excessive Absences Guidance and Application for Individual Student - 4/30/20
Excessive Absences Application File - 4/29/20
This spreadsheet can be used by schools to apply for waivers for students who meet the eligibility criteria in lieu of completing the fillable pdf document that allows only two students to be entered.
Student Transportation During Distance Learning - 4/28/20
Distance Learning Plan Template - 3/26/20
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