The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on education. Since March, educators have been scrambling to meet the needs of diverse learners in the state of Minnesota while keeping the health and wellbeing of students as a top priority.

We have relied on creativity to find new and innovative ways to deliver lessons, to keep students engaged and to still build a community in a virtual learning landscape.

Working closely with local and national health departments, we have learned how to best accommodate a safe return to campus and build protocols and procedures for situations we never imagined we would need to prepare for. We have also prioritized the mental health of our students learning from home.

Now more than ever, educators have a heightened duty to support children educationally and emotionally, all