Guidance to Help Schools Plan for 2020-21 School Year
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have released guidance documents to help Minnesota schools plan for the 2020-21 school year. The guidance asks school leaders to create three different contingency plans based on three possible scenarios that the virus could put us in – in-person learning for all students, hybrid learning, and distance learning. Read MDH Fall Planning Guidance. Read MDE Fall Planning Guidance.
Department Releases Results of Informal Survey of Minnesota Families on Experiences with Distance Learning
Thank you to the more than 130,000 families who completed our Fall Planning Survey. Your experiences are invaluable as we plan for the 2020-21 school year. It is our shared goal to lift up our students through education, while keeping them safe. Minnesota school districts and charter schools are working extremely hard to support our students, families and educators. Find results of the Fall Planning Survey on our website.
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. Read the executive order. Visit our COVID-19 Updates web page.
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
The second selection by the One Book | One Minnesota statewide book club is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. The book consists of essays by 16 of Minnesota’s best writers who provide perspectives on what it is like to live as a Native person or person of color in Minnesota. The book is available now for free on Ebooks Minnesota. Learn more about the book club and its events. The program is presented by the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Commit to be Counted in the 2020 Census
In 2020, the U.S. Census will attempt to count every person living in the United States. That count will determine how much funding our communities receive for schools, child care and more. Children are one of the most under-counted groups. Text COUNT to 662020 to ensure all of our children are counted to make sure they have what they need to ensure a bright future. Read full notice. Visit the We Count Minnesota website.