State health officials on Thursday stopped short of calling for cancellation of K-12 classes but encouraged schools to practice social distancing and other measures to reduce the threat from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that has spread to nine Minnesotans.
The decision comes in contrast to decisions by the University of Minnesota and other institutions to suspend in-person classes and switch to online instruction.
The coronavirus hasn’t been a significant problem in children worldwide, and school closures could be disruptive and force urgently needed health care workers to stay home with their children, said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director.
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