Walz: 'Relatively strong possibility' in-person school canceled for rest of school year

Situation evolving, but the governor says chances remain "slim" schools open back up

Sloane Martin
April 02, 2020 - 3:55 pm
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There’s a possibility the kids will be at home with you for weeks to come.

In the daily statewide COVID-19 update Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz says there’s a “slim chance” students will return to in-person classes the rest of this school year.

“This is evolving and, you know, the virus and the care and the health officials drive the timeline on this,” he said. “I think it’s a relatively strong possibility that that will happen here, too.”

He says his heart goes out to them.

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“We would have seen state track records fall, we would have seen perfect baseball and softball season, but we’re not going to,” Walz said.

Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller says they’re looking at how to make graduations special for kids under the circumstances.

“Whether it’s done online, whether students are standing outside on their driveway and people in the neighborhood can come out and clap and celebrate as a statewide celebration,” she said. “There are all kinds of things that we can be thoughtful about.”

Mueller says school districts are engaging with their communities about the best options.

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