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Minnesotans will have three options for upcoming school year

Parents are wondering what pandemic learning will look like for kids in the fall. Top Minnesota leaders revealed there will be flexibility with the new school year.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 10:46 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 6:38 AM

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. - Parents are wondering what pandemic learning will look like for kids in the fall. Top Minnesota leaders revealed there will be flexibility with the new school year.

Depending on coronavirus numbers, school districts can implement in-person, distance or hybrid learning. Rochester Public Schools is waiting until August to share details about what the school year will look like. One Stewartville superintendent and a parent talk about their hopes moving forward.

Rith Heang has two kids in public schools. 

"I think it's better for them to just be in school in general just so they can socialize with all their friends, they shouldn't have to worry about all this COVID stuff," Heang said. 

He's eager for his kids to head back to class.

"I'm just not as worried about the pandemic just because the kids are young enough where they can beat the flu, whatever it is," Heang said. 

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled a plan to reopen schools that gives districts some flexibility to toggle between in-person and online learning. For every 10,000 residents in a particular county - if there are fewer than 10 cases of COVID-19 - a district can implement in-person learning. 

If there are more than 10 cases and fewer than 20 for every 10,000 people, elementary school students can return to school but older children will have a combination of in-person and online learning. 

"It has to be a collective effort from the community to make a decision to keep our infection rate as low as possible," Selfors said. 

Selfors is eager for students to return. 

"As students, they are social beings, those connections with their peers and their teachers are so important," Selfors said. 

Selfors says the District will watch and wait for now. If distance-learning is required, she says structure must be improved. 

"Video instruction or archived video instruction is not as effective as live instruction," Selfors said. "That's something we are looking to enhance."

Clearly going forward - normal is going to be entirely different. 

Gov. Tim Walz says the numbers are just a starting point. Schools can implement more restrictions if they want to. Walz originally earmarked 180 million in federal funds to help districts improve distance learning over the summer. He announced an additional 250 million in federal funds to - among other things - provide face coverings for every student and staff member and more cleaning supplies. 

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 61839

Reported Deaths: 1707
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin19569839
Ramsey7717268
Dakota4507106
Anoka3752115
Stearns290920
Washington216345
Nobles17686
Olmsted176723
Scott159020
Mower11052
Rice10388
Blue Earth9325
Wright8975
Carver8783
Clay78840
Sherburne7328
Kandiyohi7021
St. Louis57319
Todd4292
Lyon4253
Freeborn3601
Steele3512
Nicollet34713
Watonwan3230
Benton3203
Winona26416
Beltrami2440
Crow Wing23814
Le Sueur2261
Martin2095
Chisago2041
McLeod2020
Goodhue1999
Otter Tail1983
Cottonwood1780
Becker1611
Pipestone1589
Polk1554
Waseca1490
Itasca14612
Douglas1441
Carlton1420
Unassigned13141
Dodge1290
Isanti1290
Pine1290
Murray1241
Chippewa1071
Morrison931
Wabasha930
Brown892
Faribault890
Meeker872
Rock850
Sibley842
Koochiching793
Jackson790
Pennington751
Cass742
Mille Lacs723
Fillmore670
Renville665
Lincoln580
Grant563
Swift551
Yellow Medicine520
Roseau520
Pope480
Houston420
Aitkin411
Norman400
Kanabec371
Redwood360
Hubbard350
Wilkin343
Marshall290
Wadena270
Mahnomen271
Red Lake240
Big Stone220
Lake210
Stevens180
Clearwater140
Traverse110
Lac qui Parle80
Cook50
Lake of the Woods40
Kittson30

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 49380

Reported Deaths: 942
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk10444208
Woodbury373452
Black Hawk315766
Linn242888
Johnson211819
Dallas189835
Buena Vista179412
Scott174314
Dubuque169831
Marshall145026
Pottawattamie133228
Story117315
Wapello90533
Muscatine85148
Webster8268
Crawford7313
Sioux6433
Cerro Gordo63417
Warren5721
Tama55429
Jasper48127
Wright4751
Plymouth47011
Clinton4164
Dickinson3844
Louisa37814
Washington30510
Boone2623
Hamilton2511
Franklin24512
Bremer2307
Clarke2043
Clay2011
Carroll1942
Emmet1934
Des Moines1872
Shelby1861
Hardin1840
Marion1750
Poweshiek1608
Benton1601
Floyd1582
Allamakee1564
Jackson1561
Mahaska14217
Guthrie1355
Cedar1341
Jones1332
Buchanan1291
Henry1274
Madison1252
Butler1252
Hancock1212
Lee1183
Humboldt1181
Pocahontas1172
Delaware1171
Lyon1152
Harrison1101
Cherokee1101
Clayton1063
Taylor1000
Winneshiek971
Iowa971
Page950
Monona910
Kossuth900
Mills890
Palo Alto880
Jefferson870
Calhoun862
Winnebago860
Sac860
Fayette850
Osceola840
Grundy801
Mitchell790
Cass791
Union781
Monroe748
Lucas734
Worth670
Davis612
Montgomery604
Chickasaw550
Appanoose513
Howard500
Fremont430
Greene430
Keokuk371
Van Buren361
Ida310
Adair300
Audubon291
Decatur250
Ringgold231
Wayne201
Adams160
Unassigned10
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