Following Gov. Tim Walz's announcement last Thursday that local school districts get to largely determine their own reopening plans for the fall, the Detroit Lakes Public School District is holding a special board work session this Thursday, Aug. 6 to discuss its plans.

Starting at 4 p.m., the work session will be available for parents and anyone interested to watch live online on the Detroit Lakes Public Schools Facebook page, and will also be recorded for viewing after that on the district's website.

The meeting is taking place remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing guidelines.

School districts across Minnesota were asked to come up with three possible plans for reopening in the midst of the pandemic, ranging from a full in-person return to school (with precautions), to full distance-learning from home, to a hybrid type of model.

The governor is allowing individual school districts to determine which of the three options to go with for the start of school, within reason and with guidance from the state, but has said all school districts must be fully prepared for all three possibilities, as plans may need to change throughout the year depending on local COVID-19 case numbers.

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School districts must also be prepared to accommodate families who choose to keep their kids home to learn even if the district is open for in-person learning.