Action is required by certain Blooming Prairie school district families. BP superintendent Chris Staloch announced transportation plans for the upcoming school year. This is includes buses and vans traveling at 50-percent capacity and cleanings at least twice a day.

He also indicated via email, "Town families that utilitze the bus service who live west of Highway 218 need to contact Dean (Peterson 507-438-3819) if continuing to need transportation services." Staloch also wrote, "Town families east of Highway 218 and country families are included in our planning and will have access to busing as usual."

Families that can provide transportation on their own are encouraged to do so "to create additional space on the buses." Additionally, food and drink will not be allowed to be consumed on a bus or in a van.

Staloch says, "We are continuing to make updates and provide further information to our COVID-19 handbook for families." Recent updates includes details on face masks/shields, distance learning expectations and high school attendance policies.

Blooming Prairie recently announced that students up through sixth grade will have in-person class. Grades seven through twelve will be on a hybrid model. All learning scenarios allow for students and families to choose distance learning instead.

Staloch closed his email, "Please also look for information coming soon from building principals regarding back to school information. We are excited for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to bringing our students and staff back to our buildings."

Owatonna schools will being the year with in-person class for students up through fifth grade with sixth through twelfth on a hybrid plan.