St. Paul schools superintendent: In person learning to stay in place

Many districts, including Minneapolis, are already online because of pandemic
Students in class
In-person learning remains in St. Paul schools Photo credit Getty Images

Unlike the Minneapolis school district, which began online learning today in reaction to the COVID omicron surge, St. Paul schools remain open for students, and will stay that way.

"I am not going to opt to make online learning a district-wide requirement," St. Paul schools superintendent Joe Gothard told Vineeta Sawkar on the Morning News. "we still have to have in-person supports for our students."

Gothard said he has regular conversations with other school superintendents in the metro, and nationwide, and each has to follow their own path.

"There is no blueprint for precisely how to do this, when to do this, or what's best for our students," he said.

Gothard said he wants to support education sites facing the challenges of the pandemic, while supporting students and their families.

"We will work to determine what steps we might have to use to look at a building-by-building approach," he said. "Are we able to overcome the barriers individual sites are facing right now."

The next chance for the public to present their opinions is Tuesday night.

"Even if we are moving in that direction, it would still be my direction to give to our staff that we have to provide in-person support for our students," Gothard said.