Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has set a goal of all schools offering some in-person learning by March 8.
So, as more and more students head back to the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials are stressing regular testing.
The Minnesota Department of Health is asking all young students, and their families, to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks until the end of the school year.
“To protect this progress, we need to use all the tools at our disposal… we’re asking families to get tested…resources will be sent out to schools…” said MDH Assistant Commissioner Dan Huff in a recent press conference, who noted progress in getting students safely back to in-person learning.
Testing every two weeks isn’t required, but health officials say it’s a recommendation for any student who returns to in-person learning, youth sports or any other extracurricular activities.
Meanwhile, Walz has vowed to get educators at least one vaccine dose by March 8.