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Walz: Majority of districts, charter schools offering in-person learning

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ST. PAUL, MN-- In-person learning for school districts is on the rise, Gov. Walz office announced Monday.

He said more than 90% of districts and charter schools in Minnesota offer some form of in-person learning.

“Across the state, Minnesota’s students are heading back to the classroom. As a former classroom teacher of more than 20 years and as a parent, I know how critical in-person learning is to a child’s wellbeing, and I am proud of this milestone,” said Governor Walz.

“With more than one million Minnesotans vaccinated against COVID-19 and our students back in the classroom, the light at the end of this pandemic grows brighter every day.”

In December, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan allowed every elementary school across the state to operate in person.

By February, the plan allowed for all middle and high school students to return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning.

The Safe Learning Plan changes include additional mitigation strategies, including a strong recommendation for staff to wear face shields and masks together and offering no-cost regular COVID-19 testing for school staff.

Middle and high schools will be required to implement similar health and safety strategies, including updated physical distancing requirements.

Minnesota is now averaging nearly 42,000 doses administered per day.

Walz's office still encourages students and families who are learning in person, in a hybrid learning model, or participating in sports and activities are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test every two weeks.

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