With coronavirus cases continuing to fall, and vaccine efforts gaining speed, Governor Tim Walz says it's time to get more middle and high school students back into classrooms, leaving some districts scrambling to adjust.
On Monday around 5,000 students in grades Pre-K through second will be going back to the classroom for learning for the first time since March.
Both St. Paul and Minneapolis school districts are making plans for elementary students to return to the classroom, but there is some concern they are moving too fast.
For months, school districts have relied on COVID-19 case rates by county to determine how students would be taught, but starting Jan. 18 the state says districts can choose to have elementary students to return to in-person learning.
With the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketing, many school districts have gone back to distance learning.
St. Paul Public Schools announced over 500 students will be returning to the classroom for hybrid learning later this month.
Minneapolis and St. Paul teachers are frustrated and Wednesday they marched across the Lake Street bridge from one city to the other in solidarity.
Many private schools are returning to in-person learning in the coming weeks, but some are doing it without state-funded essential services because they are located in public school districts that have opted to remain all online.
When school starts in the fall, St. Paul Public Schools will no longer be using school resource officers (SROs), according to a SPPS spokesman.
The St. Paul public school district has served thousands of children since the start of the pandemic, but they are still trying to reach more children, who may be food insecure.
The school board chairwoman for St. Paul Public Schools is hospitalized in critical condition due to COVID-19, according to a Facebook post from her sister.
The school day is looking a lot different these days. Face-to-face contact is out, creative ways of connecting are in.
The new contract between St. Paul educators and St. Paul Public Schools is now waiting for approval from the school board, according to the St. Paul Federation of Educators.
Leaders at Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Public Schools announced plans for meal distributions to students amid the school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
St. Paul Public Schools confirmed Wednesday that all non-essential staff members have been sent layoff notices due to the teacher strike.
For the second consecutive day, St. Paul students will not have school as the school district and the teachers' union continue negotiations.
St. Paul Public Schools are closed as teachers go on strike more the first time in more than 70 years.Here's what teachers are demanding and what families and students need to know.
Contract negotiations between St. Paul Public Schools and the St. Paul Federation of Educators are still ongoing, and plans are already going into place if educators go on strike on March 10.
Results are expected either late Thursday night or Friday morning.
Minneapolis and St. Paul schools say they will remain open on Thursday despite extremely low wind chills that are expected to take feels-like temperatures well below zero. See an active list of school closings at fox9.com/closings.