Updated: September 16, 2020 10:16 PM
Created: September 16, 2020 07:49 PM
(ABC 6 News) - On Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was in southeast Minnesota touring two area schools.
The stops were part of his statewide tour to see firsthand how his Safe Learning Plan is working.
At Albert Lea High School, Walz visited an outdoor classroom and saw how the school used their COVID-19 relief funds to add temperature screenings.
While talking to staff and students, Walz said he could relate to the frustrations they may be feeling.
"In talking to teachers and students just casually, they feel protected, they feel valued, and they're back in school. That ability to be able to be flexible and to use the data accordingly makes a huge difference,” said Walz.
"I just appreciate the governor coming down and drawing attention to what we're doing here in Albert Lea. It's been great to be able to show him some of the great things that are going on and see our teachers and our students. We're doing our best to keep people safe,” said Superintendent of Albert Lea Schools Mike Funk.
At Byron Primary School, Walz greeted parents and students in the carpool lane and as they boarded the bus. He also thanked bus drivers for doing their job and students for wearing their masks.
"This is asking you to do what should have never been asked of people, but it's just what it is. As this pandemic continues to go and we learn more about it, we're adjusting for the long run,” Walz said.
"It has been more than we've ever asked of people so to take the challenge head on and make something wonderful happen, it doesn't get any better,” said Byron Primary Principal Amanda Duren.
As a teacher, parent, and governor, Walz says he knows how critically important the social and emotional aspect of being in school is.
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