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Today, Minnesota public schools will get much-anticipated guidance from state officials on what a return to class might look like during the coronavirus pandemic this fall. The announcement should be announced around 2 pm this afternoon.

Locally, Northland Community and Technical College will continue to prepare students as they welcome students back to campus this fall. Course work gets under way both on-campus and online August 24th. Northland has also made the decision to freeze tuition for the fall semester. Saint Bernard’s Catholic School also plans a September 8th start with social distancing and the wearing of masks for source control.

Minneapolis Public Schools said Tuesday that it was planning to start with fully online instruction in September while also allowing students to get in-person help at school.

The University of Minnesota, which last month announced a return to primarily in-person instruction for the fall, said as of Tuesday that just 30 percent of its classes now are slated for some level of in-person delivery.

For Minnesota State colleges and universities, 56 percent of classes now are set to take place in-person.

A recent Thief River Falls School district poll, showed 59% of parents want the face to face learning, 27.8% want the hybrid model and 12.8% want the distance learning to continue as of this past Monday. The final results of the poll will be released on August 10th.

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