Republican lawmakers will introduce a special session bill Monday that would allow school districts — not the state — to decide whether students are back in the classroom this fall, continue distance learning, or a combination of the two. Little Falls Representative Ron Kresha says local officials best know their COVID situation:

“Remember the Walz administration was basing their initial policy off a (projected COVID) peak two days from now in the high 20-thousands. Not even close to that.”

Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says a statewide policy on students’ return to school should be used to the extent possible — but added that “tailoring” could be allowed because “local conditions do differ.”