ST. PAUL -- School districts across Minnesota will be able to choose how they want to approach educating their students this fall.

Governor Tim Walz alongside Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced their safe learning plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Districts and charter schools will partner with the MDH and MDE this summer to decide which of three models: in-person, hybrid, or distance learning will be the best for them.

Walz says the makeup of every school is different and the safety and development of all students is of top priority. The MDH and MDE will continue working with districts throughout the school year as they can choose to switch between the three models as needed.

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The plan requires districts to allow students to distance learn and staff to work remotely if requested.

Additional support will be provided in the form of face masks for every student and staff member, COVID-19 testing plans for schools, and more funding for operational costs such as technology.

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