Today, along with all of you, we learned about Governor Walz's plan to prioritize getting elementary students back to class in person. We will spend the next few days getting additional information and guidance from the State to determine what this might mean for MPS' 5 Phases to Safe Learning plan.
We agree with the Governor that a return to in-person classes for our youngest learners as soon as we can safely manage it, is something we all support. Our goal now is to study the order to better understand when and how to move forward responsibly.
Since the summer, we have been building, adjusting and revamping plans about how to return to in-person learning in MPS. A lot of amazing work has already been done, and we will continue to work collaboratively with stakeholders to see what is possible while also prioritizing the health and safety of our community. Similarly, we have been and will continue to ready our buildings so that we can be assured of meeting existing health and safety protocols when we do return to in person learning.
You can expect additional information during Winter Break after we've had time to review everything and attend a training for school districts happening on Monday. In the meantime, you can see the same information we have received from the Minnesota Department of Education on their website, particularly pages 10-11 of their Safe Learning Plan. And you can stay updated on our plans on our 5 Phases to Safe Learning website.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our community. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate today's announcement by Governor Walz.