After giving school districts guidelines to determine how they will operate this fall, the Walz administration has intervened in some district decisions around the state. Education commissioner Mary Catherine Ricker.

“We are using the county case data, as well as the ability to use those mitigation measures to determine what the healthiest start is for all of our school districts.”

With 426 districts reporting their plans to the education department, 63 percent are operating a hybrid learning schedule, 25 percent are fully open for in-person learning and 12 percent are distance learning only.