MN School Districts to Get Flexibility for Fall Semester

MN School Districts to Get Flexibility for Fall Semester

Gov. Walz is expected to outline more details about plans for the upcoming semester — a move that will have a huge impact on the business community.

The governor today is expected to make a key announcement about the fall semester.

At a 2 p.m. press briefing, Gov. Tim Walz will unveil a “decision matrix” that will help school districts decide whether to reopen with face-to-face instruction, online classes, or both, the Star Tribune reports.

The forthcoming plan will hinge on a principle known as “informed flexibility,” U of M infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm told the paper.

“It allows for the flexibility that schools are going to need right now because conditions are going to continue to change between now and the time we hopefully get an effective vaccine,” Osterholm told the Strib.

The governor’s plan will likely include, at minimum, a requirement for masks and social distancing if in-person instruction continues.

Decisions about the fall semester, which have been hotly debated at the national level, will likely have a huge impact on the business community.