Minnesota Public Schools Can Offer In-Person Classes This Summer

William Bornhoft

TIWN CITIES, MN — More summer learning will be options available for Minnesota students in order to make up for time lost during the coronavirus crisis and to help students who have been struggling with distance learning. On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-57, authorizing and directing the Commissioner of Education to provide a "safe and effective" summer learning environment.

Minnesota’s public school districts and charter schools can now offer summer learning through a hybrid model of distance learning and in-school learning, or to continue distance learning.

"The safety and well-being of all Minnesotans is always our top priority," Walz said in a statement. "By slowly turning the dial for school settings this summer, we can better serve Minnesota’s students and families, and provide more opportunities for the in-person learning and social interactions that are critical for learning."

"As a parent of a young learner, I know that distance learning has been challenging for our students, families, and schools," said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. "This executive order gives our schools the flexibility to meet the unique needs of individual learners and families this summer, especially those who have been most impacted by this pandemic and who need our support to stay on track."

Executive Order 20-57 will offer schools the flexibility for some in-person instruction if they are in compliance with Department of Health guidelines on masking, social distancing, personal hygiene, screening, and cleaning, and summer programs.

This article originally appeared on the Across Minnesota Patch