School year ends for Minnesota, but what lies ahead for the fall?

The Minnesota Department of Education released a memo Monday, urging schools to have contingency plans for three different scenarios.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 7:32 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The school year has officially wrapped up for Minnesota schools, but what lies ahead for the fall?

The Minnesota Department of Education released a memo Monday, urging schools to have contingency plans for three different scenarios: returning to school and following CDC and Department of Health guidelines, implementing a distance learning model, or a hybrid of the two. The department intends to release guidelines later this week to help schools develop their plans.

The department says the situation is fluid and decisions may change, which is why it wants schools to be prepared for all three scenarios.

"There's a very good chance that we will see an uptick in the coronavirus in the fall and we don't know that it will be a surge but the point is, we don't know," says Minnesota Senator Carla Nelson. "There will hopefully be continued developments in therapies, treatments, testing and of course vaccines but that's not here yet so our schools need to be very nimble."

Senator Nelson is Chair of the Minnesota Senate Education Committee. She tells KIMT the legislature may need make adjustments to help schools be flexible, such as by possibly allowing classes to start before Labor Day, allowing more than 5 e-learning days during inclement weather, and allowing e-learning days for public health emergencies.

She also explains schools may need a grant to allow them flexibility to pull kids out of classrooms for periods of time if there is a surge in transmission, as well as a statewide subscription to a K-12 comprehensive virtual school aligned to Minnesota standards..

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 88721

Reported Deaths: 2015
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin25628921
Ramsey10410318
Dakota7048125
Anoka5664132
Stearns371523
Washington352655
Scott238633
Olmsted226327
Nobles192616
Blue Earth15786
Wright15087
Carver13307
St. Louis131733
Rice12978
Mower12744
Clay123240
Sherburne107814
Kandiyohi9182
Winona84318
Lyon6384
Steele5162
Freeborn5113
Benton5003
Watonwan4984
Nicollet49616
Todd4732
Le Sueur4434
McLeod4402
Chisago4331
Waseca4258
Crow Wing41918
Otter Tail3794
Beltrami3714
Goodhue3249
Martin3049
Itasca27113
Polk2704
Isanti2440
Becker2422
Pine2390
Douglas2361
Carlton2351
Cottonwood2160
Pipestone2099
Morrison1951
Dodge1900
Chippewa1891
Unassigned18752
Sibley1763
Meeker1712
Wabasha1700
Brown1682
Murray1522
Yellow Medicine1482
Rock1460
Mille Lacs1413
Faribault1300
Redwood1290
Jackson1281
Renville1256
Cass1233
Swift1111
Roseau1100
Pennington1081
Houston1070
Fillmore1050
Kanabec1038
Koochiching1033
Lincoln1010
Stevens911
Pope860
Hubbard760
Aitkin701
Big Stone660
Wadena620
Grant574
Wilkin553
Lake530
Norman510
Marshall481
Mahnomen451
Lac qui Parle430
Red Lake370
Traverse290
Clearwater250
Lake of the Woods201
Kittson120
Cook60

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 79506

Reported Deaths: 1256
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk15227256
Johnson498527
Woodbury494461
Black Hawk433686
Linn3762106
Story327917
Scott276527
Dubuque276040
Dallas267538
Pottawattamie197637
Buena Vista194112
Marshall175934
Sioux13203
Wapello125757
Webster118914
Clinton106218
Muscatine106052
Plymouth103420
Crawford9944
Cerro Gordo99321
Warren9276
Jasper75632
Des Moines7377
Marion7074
Tama68731
Carroll6305
Henry6034
Lee5947
Wright5621
Dickinson4836
Bremer4637
Boone4627
Washington43011
Louisa42515
Mahaska33619
Franklin33517
Delaware3293
Hamilton3143
Floyd2963
Jackson2963
Winneshiek2935
Clay2883
Benton2811
Hardin2761
Winnebago26611
Butler2582
Clarke2553
Emmet25210
Jones2433
Poweshiek2438
Allamakee2425
Shelby2421
Lyon2413
Buchanan2351
Clayton2303
Cedar2191
Guthrie2175
Kossuth2170
Sac2090
Chickasaw2070
Grundy2012
Madison2012
Fayette1871
Cherokee1852
Howard1825
Iowa1821
Mitchell1810
Harrison1772
Hancock1722
Humboldt1713
Calhoun1692
Mills1651
Palo Alto1590
Pocahontas1512
Monroe14610
Page1410
Lucas1386
Jefferson1331
Monona1321
Cass1292
Osceola1250
Appanoose1203
Union1203
Taylor1191
Davis1134
Van Buren1091
Worth1020
Ida960
Keokuk901
Montgomery865
Greene840
Fremont820
Wayne812
Adair641
Audubon591
Decatur580
Ringgold412
Adams280
Unassigned230
Rochester
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 67°
Mason City
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 70°
Albert Lea
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 70°
Austin
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 68°
Charles City
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 66°
Warmer Weather Ahead
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

MORE STUDENTS NOT RETURNING TO COLLEGE

Image

MED CITY ARTS FESTIVAL

Image

ROCHESTER GINSBURG DEATH REACTION

Image

Saturday Weather

Image

What are the benefits of bringing football back to Minnesota this fall?

Image

Candlelight vigil for Prisoners of War

Image

MC Masters National Championship Regatta

Image

Early voting begins in Minnesota

Image

Dooley's Pub closes due to health hazards

Image

Area athletic directors prep to welcome back sports

Community Events