Decisions on putting students back into the classroom would be made solely by local school boards and community leaders, under one of Minnesota Senate Republicans’ top-priority bills that would dial back Governor Tim Walz’s COVID emergency powers. Rochester Senator Carla Nelson contends the current situation is serious:

“Parents not being able to work because they don’t have their children in school. We have a lost generation, some have said, of these young kids not learning to read.”

K-6 classrooms can currently re-open if certain safety measures are in place. The decision on in-person, distance, or hybrid learning in the upper grades depends on the severity of the pandemic in the local area.   Any move to rein-in the governor’s COVID emergency powers would encounter stiff opposition in the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House.