District 742 Releases Statement on Back to School Plans

District 742 Releases Statement on Back to School Plans Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Local school districts have been planning all summer for the announcement from Governor Tim Walz on how students will go back to school this fall. It was decided Thursday to allow each district to make the call based on its local COVID-19 related health information.

An email from District 742 to KNSI says, "St. Cloud Area School District is excited and committed to bringing as many students back to school as possible, in a way that keeps staff, students and the community safe," but with the first day of school being September 8th, the decision has not yet been made. The School Board will be getting a presentation of what the models will look like Wednesday.

The Minnesota Departments of Health and Education told schools to plan for full-time in-class instruction, distance learning, or a hybrid of the two. The MDH says it also reserves the right to step in and tell a district to close if COVID spread becomes too much.

When students return to the buildings, the district says it will be implementing a number of safety measures, including a requirement for face coverings for all students, staff, and visitors throughout the day and while on buses. There will also be screening for students and staff, frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and limiting visitors and guests. The district says it will also enforce the practice of good hand hygiene.

The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District says its announcement will come August 10th. Catholic Community Schools say the buildings will open for classroom instruction in September.