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Meadow Ridge Elementary students, all wearing masks as a preventative measure against COVID-19, head to class on their first day of in-person learning since March. Under the Wayzata School District’s hybrid model, most students will practice in-person learning at their school two days a week and distance learning from home three days a week. The district will be guided in its decision-making process during the school year by parameters from the Minnesota Department of Health, which has given school districts a guide for which learning model to use based on the number of COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents in the county during a 14-day period. The Wayzata School Board has given district leaders the flexibility to move between learning models as needed in response to COVID-19. The district’s overall guide for the school year is called “Wayzata Learns: A Flexible Plan for the 2020-21 School Year.” To read the full guide, visit wayzataschools.org/wayzatalearns. (Sun photo by Jason Jenkins)

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Signs welcome back students for their first day of school at Meadow Ridge Elementary in the Wayzata School District. (Sun photo by Jason Jenkins)

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A group of masked students hop off their bus and head toward their school Sept. 14 at Meadow Ridge Elementary. (Sun photo by Jason Jenkins)

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Messages scrawled near an entrance of Meadow Ridge Elementary welcome students back to class for their first day of in-person learning since March, when Gov. Tim Walz announced the closure of all public schools statewide to help limit the spread of COVID-19. (Sun photo by Jason Jenkins)

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Masked students line up before entering Meadow Ridge Elementary. (Sun photo by Jason Jenkins)

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A pair of masked students hop off their bus and head toward their school Sept. 14 at Meadow Ridge Elementary. (Sun photo by Jason Jenkins)

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Parents drop their children off for the first day of school at Meadow Ridge Elementary. (Sun photo by Jason Jenkins)

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