Rochester community discusses Governor's announcement to return to school

Created: July 31, 2020 11:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has decided to allow individual school districts to decide which learning model works best for their schools, and parents the option to decide whether or not they want to send their child back into a classroom.

In Rochester, one dad said he was happy to hear about the option to choose and said the decision to keep his kids home for distance learning was an easy one.


"This thing, we don't know where it's going or how long it's going to last," said Faysal Ali, "As parents, we're kind of thinking of just having them stay at home at least until spring."

Ali said he can tell his daughters Aisha and In'am, Ali miss their friends and that they're eager to return to the classroom, but he's afraid they won't be able to handle the responsibility that comes with it.

"The whole thing about wearing masks, I think is going to be difficult for them because they're children," he said. 

Erica Dillon said her daughter and grandson are faced with the decision of what to do this fall with an added concern, immune-compromised family members at home.  Dillion said she thinks on-line learning would be the best for them. 

"A lot of college courses do that. You have your students in class, and you've got students who are webbing in. I think that should be an option for everyone across the board," she said.

Ultimately the decisions will be made by school administrators and parents, but In'am made it clear that she wants to at least be heard.

"I really miss my best friends, but I did not like social distancing," she said. 

Ali said he can tell his children are longing for that interaction with their friends, but he also believes the best and safest option for the Fall is to keep his daughters at home. 

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