Governor Tim Walz ordered all Minnesota schools closed from March 18-27 over the weekend. Many schools also closed earlier than March 18, allowing teachers and staff to prepare for distance learning and nutrition and childcare efforts.
School staff are working to provide distance learning options for students and will provide meals for students in varying ways and locations. Childcare will be provided for health care and EMS workers so they can continue to work during the crisis. There have been questions about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment schedule, which opened on March 8 and ends on May 8. The state is waiting to hear from the federal Department of Education on next steps.
The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is not taking walk-in visitors or phone calls but the office is operating. The staff will continue to respond to emails and process licensure and grant applications. If you have questions about licensure or other issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Licensure applications can continue to be mailed to the PELSB’s office at:
Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
1021 Bandana Blvd. E., Suite 222
Saint Paul, MN 55108-5111
The Minnesota Department of Education has detailed information on its website. The COVID-19 guidance can be found here: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/.
Nutrition, distance learning, and childcare options vary between districts. Check with your local school district for more information.