COVID-19 and the 2020-2021 School Year

School and district administrators are directed to develop three contingency plans to prepare for the
2020-21 school year using the three scenarios described below:

Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students. In this planning scenario, schools should create
as much space between students and teachers as is feasible during the day, but will not be held
strictly to enforcing 6 feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom.
Activities and extracurricular programming should continue to follow the COVID-19 Prevention
Guidance for Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs (PDF)
(www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/socialdistance.pdf). This scenario may be
implemented if state COVID-19 metrics continue to stabilize and/or improve. All requirements
in this guidance apply to scenario 1.

Scenario 2: Hybrid model with strict social distancing and capacity limits. In this planning
scenario, schools must limit the overall number of people in school facilities and on
transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. Sufficient social distancing with at least 6
feet between people must occur at all times. If distancing cannot be achieved in a space or on a
transportation vehicle, the number of occupants must be reduced. Schools must also include
plans for contactless pick-up and/or delivery of meals and school materials for days that students
and staff are not in the school building, as well as implementation of a school-age care program
for critical workers. This scenario may be implemented if COVID-19 metrics worsen at the local,
regional, or statewide level. Scenario 2 may also be implemented within a school if they
experience clusters of cases within a classroom or the school. All requirements in this guidance
apply to scenario 2, with additional requirements noted in the Social Distancing and Minimizing
Exposure section noted for scenario 2 only.
 
Scenario 3: Distance learning only. This scenario may be implemented if local, regional, or
statewide COVID-19 metrics worsen significantly enough to require the suspension of in-person
learning. The requirements in this guidance regarding in-person protections would not apply to
the general school community, as students and staff would be utilizing distance learning and
would not be gathering in groups on school grounds. However, schools may be open to provide
emergency child care or other functions.

If you would like to view the full planning guide provided from MDE, it is available below.

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