Education Minnesota Governing Board approves school reopening statement

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota, July 31, 2020 – Education Minnesota’s Governing Board approved the following statement Friday in response to Gov. Tim Walz’s guidance for reopening school buildings.

“Education Minnesota believes in the highest standards for returning to in-person learning. That means looking at both county and school building metrics.

Education Minnesota and our locals will work to ensure that any school, district or campus in Minnesota that is providing in-person instruction during this pandemic is prepared and able to abide by the safety standards outlined by the state, federal government and medical professionals. If those standards are not met, we will do everything we can to protect students and all the education professionals who care for and instruct those students.

Nothing is off the table when it comes to the safety and health of those we represent and those we serve. Education Minnesota will continue to bring all necessary resources to bear, including providing bargaining information, support and tools; staff assistance in developing organizing plans; supporting affiliates and individuals in legal matters; filing necessary grievances and reports to OSHA and DOLI; and working with and educating other stakeholders to advocate for safe reopening plans at the Legislature – with the goal of securing safe conditions for all students, staff and faculty.

Education Minnesota believes we must invest in the recovery and redesign of our schools. That means additional resources for public health, schools, universities, hospitals and local and state governments. We must upend the policies and processes that have benefited some students while not prioritizing others, specifically low-income students, Black and Brown students and students with disabilities.

Education Minnesota will continue to fight for the funding needed to not only safely reopen schools and campuses, but to rebuild our public education system so all students, no matter what they look like or where they come from, have access to welcoming schools where they can pursue their dreams. We don’t just want to “get back” to school. We want to make the schools our students return to better.”

About Education Minnesota 
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.