Area superintendents hope for clear guidelines from Minnesota government on conducting class this fall

MOORHEAD — In a survey issued by Moorhead Superintendent Brandon Lunak, more than 2,000 families were asked, "Do you feel comfortable sending your kids to school in the fall?" A little more than 75% responded "yes."

Some of the superintendents WDAY spoke with said they're hearing similar feedback, and the main thing they want tomorrow is clarity and help to ensure that it can happen.

East Grand Forks Superintendent Mike Kolness said there are roughly 2,000 students in the district. He said he understands why state officials are taking their time with the decision and being careful, but for people in the area, the decision can't come soon enough.

"There's a lot of unrest," Kolness said. "People would like to know. People are planning for their jobs, parents wondering, 'are my kids going to be at home with me?' We really need some clarity."

Fergus Falls Superintendent Jeff Drake said that roughly 70% of people say they want students back in school, and he is hoping for clarity in how to make that happen as well


He also hopes the Minnesota school guidelines will be a lot like North Dakota's.

"I think it's especially important to us locally that we have some decision-making authority, so it reflects the conditions in our own community, the standards of our community and really what they want to see," Drake said.

Even in times like these, both agree that education is still as important as ever.

"We're really hoping we can get as many of our kids back in the building, because we miss them, and this is the best place for them," Kolness said.

"We may not all agree on the format going into the school year, but we do all agree on the importance of education," Drake said.

Gov. Walz also said on Wednesday, July 29, that each school is in a different position when it comes to COVID-19, and it may factor into Thursday's decision.

Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education will announce school reopening guidelines Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m.

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