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Local school districts await Walz' ruling on start of classes

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(Willmar MN-) Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education Thursday are expected to issue their final guidance on how public schools should be taught this coming school year to deal with COVID-19. In June they said it will either be to start the year with distance learning, like how the last school year ended, or allow students back into the classroom, or a mix of the two, known as a hybrid. Willmar Schools Superintendent Jeff Holm says as the new school year gets closer, the more nervous teachers and adminstrators get...

...Holm says earlier this month the school board made a pre-emptive strike and bought more than 2200 i-pads to be used by elementary students in case Walz ordered distance learning or the hybrid...

...Willmar used more than $700,000 in federal CARES Act funds to buy the devices, and Holm says they are considering hiring a coach to instruct teachers and families on the best way to use them...

...Holm says the school board is considering using federal Title One money to hire the coach. On Friday a group of teachers marched on the governor's residence demanding he not open up the schools, and a recent survey of teachers showed only 17% favored reopening the classrooms.