COVID case numbers are going different directions in different parts of Minnesota, playing havoc with school districts’ plans for in-person classes this fall or to continue distance-learning or a combination — all the while observing guidelines in the governor’s latest order.   Walz tells parents he wishes there was more certainty, but the virus is not allowing that:

“The virus doesn’t care that this is bad timing, that we’re going up right before school starts. That is just it.”

Administration officials have been cautioning school districts that they could start the new school year using one learning method and have to quickly switch to another, depending on what happens with growth in COVID cases.