Return to in-person learning
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 5:20 AM

MPS continues to plan for a return to in-person learning per Governor Walz’s update to his Safe Learning plan. As part of that planning, we need to know if your child will return to in-person learning or remain in distance learning for the remainder of the school year. This is your family’s choice.
In-person learning for Grades PreK- 5 will be phased in over the month of February. Some key dates:
February 1 – 5: No school K-5. Teacher preparation days per the Governor’s Executive Order.
(Note Feb 1 – 5: School as normal for grades 6-8)
Grades PreK-K: In-person begins Feb. 8
Grades 1-2: In-person begins Feb. 10
Grades 3-5: In-person begins Feb. 22
Grades 6-12: Remain in distance learning
Please complete the 2020-21 In-Person/Distance Learning Registration Form for each of your students in grades PreK-5 by Jan. 22, indicating your choice of in-person or distance learning for each child. If you need assistance completing this form, please contact your school or our district communication center at 612.668.0000.
Families can switch from in-person to distance learning at any time after registration closes on Jan. 22, You may also switch from distance learning to in-person learning at any time, but that process can take two weeks.
As noted above, students in grades 6-12 will continue in distance learning for the foreseeable future. This form only needs to be completed for students in grades PreK-5. 
If you do not complete the form, your student(s) will automatically be placed in in-person learning and receive communication accordingly with dates and next steps.
Health and safety information along with an extensive FAQ are available on our website at
We know this is not an easy choice for families, and we have some answers to frequently asked questions below. A more extensive FAQ is available on our website.
You can stay updated on all of our plans at you would like to contact any MPS board members, you can find their contact details hereThank you for being part of Minneapolis Public Schools!
What safety protocols will be in place? MPS has done everything possible to implement and require proper health and safety protocols in our schools and buildings -- from requiring face coverings, meeting social distancing requirements, updating air filters, plans for reducing unnecessary interactions between students and staff, lunchtime and bus time strategies to support health and safety. You’ll read more while filling out this registration form.
Have you talked to health experts? We are in constant communication with state and city health and education experts, as well as local and national colleagues. As of this writing, indications are that infection rates are steadily declining in Minneapolis.
Is my decision final? You can change your mind at any time. Understand that moving from in-person to distance learning can happen immediately. Moving from distance learning to in-person after this registration period could take two weeks to ensure transportation and meals.
What if I don’t complete the form by the deadline? Your student will be registered for in-person learning and should hear next steps directly from your school.