List of area school districts back to school plans for 20-21

List of area school districts back to school plans for 20-21

Updated: August 20, 2020 01:42 PM
Created: August 04, 2020 02:58 PM

(ABC 6 News) - As students and parents get ready for back to school season, what school actually means can change from town to town. ABC 6 News is following all of the area school decisions and updating this information as soon as we get it. 



Albert Lea

In a letter to families July 30, Albert Lea School said: 

Our plan is to start the year in person for all PreK-Grade 5 students, and with a hybrid approach for secondary students in grades 6-12 using an every other day approach.”

WATCH: Albert Lea School District plans in-person for elementary, hybrid for secondary


Preschool - 6th in person and 7th - 12th hybrid model and come to class 2 days a week, half Monday and Tuesday and half Thursday and Friday to allow Wednesday for deep cleaning. 

MORE: Austin Public Schools announce reopening plans

Byron Public Schools

During a Special School Board meeting Aug. 10, members voted 7-0 to adopt a base learning plan for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

MORE: Byron School Board approves in person for elementary, hybrid for secondary to begin school year


In a letter to families on July 31, Dover-Eyota Superintendent said: 

“At this time, the Olmsted County rate per 10,000 is 18.95. This number places us in the learning model for in-person for elementary students, and a hybrid schedule for the secondary students.”

Glenville-Emmons School

According to a letter sent to families on Aug. 19, all students K-12 will start school in-person.

More: Letter to parents Aug 19

Grand Meadow

In-Person instruction for elementary (PK- grade 6) and In-Person Hybrid for grades 7-12

  • Pre-school:
    • 4-year-old: One day a week - 8  a.m. - 2 p.m. - Monday through Wednesday
    • 3-year-old: 1/2 day programming once a week: Thursday and Friday mornings
  • Grades K- 6: In-Person - 4 days a week - Monday through Thursday. Friday’s Distance Learning
  • Grades 7-12: Hybrid - 4 days a week - Monday through Thursday. Friday’s Distance Learning

Full details can be found by clicking here.

Kasson-Mantorville Schools

In a letter to families on August 18, Superintendent Mark Matuska said the K-M School Board voted 5-2 in favor of opening the school year in-person for all grade levels. 

"We realize this is exciting news for many families and students, yet difficult for others. Please understand that while the Board did vote to open the school year In Person, we want families to understand that they still have a choice. As parents, if you don’t feel comfortable sending your children to school for a multitude of reasons, we understand and encourage you to select Flexible Learning for your children. This will always be your option in the In-Person and Hybrid Models."

School begins on September 8 for the middle and high schools and September 10 for elementary school. 

MORE: Kasson-Mantorville superintendent addresses concerns for the new school year

Kingsland Public Schools

As of August 12, Kingsland will begin the school year on September 8, using a “hybrid” learning model for all students, Pre-K-12.

Full details here.

LeRoy-Ostrander Public Schools

As of Aug. 3, the district accounted Pre-K through grade 6 will be in school for in-person learning. Students in grades 7-12 will receive a hybrid model of learning.

The full letter can be found by clicking here.

Pine Island Public Schools

According to the PIPS website, the year will begin with in-person learning for K-6 and hybrid of in-person and distance learning for students in grades 7-12.

Rochester Public Schools

  • Most elementary students (Pre K - grade 5) and Lincoln K-8 students will receive face-to-face instruction two days per week and distance learning three days per week.
  • Most secondary students (grades 6 - 12) will participate in distance learning five days per week. There will be opportunities for secondary students to receive in-person support by appointment, in areas such as academics, technology, and mental health. 

More: RPS announces Return to Learn plans, board votes to approve

Southland School District

Students will begin the 2020-2021 school year with in-person learning.  Southland has also created plans for hybrid and distance learning models.

"We have reviewed the guidance from MDE, MDH, CDC, and local health officials to develop a comprehensive Return to School Safe Learning Plan. We have actively participated in the recommended process to determine a safe learning model to begin the year. Southland School District plans to start the 2020-2021 school year with an In-Person Model.

Although we intend to begin the 2020-2021 school with an In-Person Model, plans are included in our Safe Learning Plan for Hybrid and Distance Learning Models. Student and staff safety will remain a top priority. We will be in continuous communication with Mower County health officials and our Regional Support Team to monitor the situation and will shift our learning model if necessary."


Forest City Community Schools

According to a letter sent to parents on Aug. 7, school will begin on Aug. 24 with a Traditional Hybrid learning model. Students K-12 will return to school in-person four days a week with a normal school day schedule. Wednesday will be an E-learning day where all students will learn from home. 

More: Letter to parents Aug. 7

Mason City

The school district decided on a hybrid learning model for their students at all grade levels. Half of the instruction will be at-home and half will be in-person. A four-day school week, with Wednesday's off for students, is another change for this upcoming school year. 

WATCH: Mason City School Leaders Prepare for the Fall School Year

Newman Catholic Schools

Classes will begin August 24 in a "green status" for kids K-12 attending school in person. 

Learning Status

Return to Learn Center

St. Ansgar

On its Facebook page, St. Ansgar Community School District said: 

“For the first two weeks of school, students in group “A” will attend every other day, starting on Monday, August 24th. Students in group “B” will attend every other day, starting on Tuesday, August 25th. The smaller groupings will allow for better social distancing and allow teachers to teach students all of the new procedures in a small group setting. After the first two weeks, elementary students will attend every day.”

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