Back to School written on a blackboard with school supplies

Three KLGR-area school districts — Redwood Area, Red Rock Central, and Wabasso Public School announced Friday they plan to reopen for in-person school.

Minnesota state officials on Thursday unveiled a plan to reopen schools this fall that gives districts some flexibility to go back-and forth between in-person and online learning. However, the state reserved for itself the right to step in if the coronavirus gets out of control in a particular district.

Redwood Area School District Superintendent Becky Cselovszki stated Friday, “…Redwood Area Schools would be in the category for an in-person K-12 return to school. These guidelines are based on our community COVID-19 rates, so it is important that collectively we all do our part to keep our students safe and in school … our success will depend on homes and community also using mitigation efforts. A rise in COVID cases in a two week period could require a transition to hybrid and or distance learning…. With additional safety measures released from Minnesota Department of Education yesterday, we will be ready to see our students again on September 8th.”

Superintendent Todd Lee, of Red Rock Central, stated, “We’re starting school Sept. 8. Plan on this date. We’re not looking at an early start any longer. What format that will be is beginning to take shape but not fully developed yet. We’re going to have a special board meeting August 10th at 5:30 to discuss and finalize our plan.
“…Our technical School District home county is Cottonwood county so that’s where it’s not completely black and white….”

Wabasso Public School Superintendent Wade McKittrick stated Friday, The new start date for the school year is August 25. McKittrick said starting before Labor Day is a one year thing, and Wabasso Public School will return to the  traditional calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

Governor Tim Walz said the state will also work with school districts to determine if they need to “dial between” the various learning methods, depending on the progression of COVID in their particular community.

The governor is also requiring school districts and charter schools give families the option of distance learning, regardless of what learning method those schools are using.