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COVID-19: State provides guidance; learning formats for the 2020-21 school year

Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health and Governor’s office provides learning options for the 2020-21 school year. Anoka-Hennepin’s planning teams will need time to compare this new guidance with the school scenarios that have been under development before more detailed information can be provided. 

Here is an overview of what is currently known:

  • Decisions on the format of school will be based on localized health data, specifically COVID-19 cases, over a 14-day period.
  • The learning format for the start of the 2020-21 school year will be announced at a later date, alongside timely health data. 
  • Schools may change between in-person, hybrid, and distance learning throughout the year. Such a change would be based on guidance from health officials and state agencies.
  • Families will have the option to request distance learning under any learning format.  


Parents/guardians will be asked to share their intentions for trimester one of the 2020-21 school year. Details on how to submit this information will be shared Monday, Aug. 3 via AHlert and other regular communication outlets. 

Anoka-Hennepin’s first priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of students, employees, families and the community at-large. Our schools are working closely with public health officials to ensure a high level of health and safety for all. Even though in-person learning may be offered, face coverings and other measures will be in effect to ensure the safest school possible for students and staff. District safety measures show that classroom spaces and day-to-day operations will be different than in prior school years. 

More information and answers to frequently asked questions are at Reach out to with any questions or concerns.

It’s understood that these are challenging times for all and our district is proceeding with decisions about the future with full knowledge of the impacts they may have on our families and community. Anoka-Hennepin remains committed to staying in communication with you and maintaining strong connections through this situation. Thank you for your patience, understanding and adaptability as our schools do the best they can to support your student’s learning needs, as well as your ongoing support of our schools.