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Walz tours Albert Lea High School’s outdoor learning space

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (FOX47) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz started his Wednesday morning out at Albert Lea High School.

The school was just one stop on the “Statewide Safe Learning Tour.” Walz met with students in an AP English class in an outdoor classroom that was made in the 1950s. Students sat in the circular stone stadium seating. The topic of the day was political cartoons.

“I think it’s funny on the day I visit, you guys are learning about political cartoons,” Walz said.

He told the students that he knows times have been difficult, but he’s hoping there will be an end in sight soon. He acknowledged the uncertainty is stressful but praised the students for their resiliency.

Students at Albert Lea High School have been hybrid learning. Every other day, they are physically at school. The other days are reserved for distance learning. The large majority of classes are solely outdoors on in-person days and are 28 minutes long. In addition to the AP English class, a physical education class was on the lawn and a choir class was planned for the afternoon.

“It’s been exciting for the students and staff. There’s a little unknown and it’s a little stressful, but the excitement of being back together has been awesome,” Albert Lea High School Principal Mark Grossklaus said.

He said they will continue outdoor learning for as long as Minnesota weather allows.

Walz’s next stop on Wednesday was Byron to see elementary school children as they get on buses to go home.

Megan Zemple

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