Minnesota schools closed for the rest of year, distance learning to continue

Minnesota schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, and districts will continue to provide distance learning to students.

Governor Walz announced on March 15 that Minnesota schools would close, requiring the Minnesota Department of Education to assist schools in distance learning – a requirement that began on March 30. Districts have been providing childcare options for essential workers and meals for students during the school closures, with local districts providing direction on the administration of these services. Until This week’s change, schools had been ordered closed until May 4.

Minnesota K-12 students will not be required to take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) in 2020 due to school closures. The test waiver was received from the federal government after the Minnesota Department of Education requested the waiver. The testing window normally runs from March 8-May 8.

The Minnesota Department of Education continues to provide guidance to school districts on how to provide online resources for schools. Local school websites will carry information for distance learning, so parents should consult those for up-to-date information and lessons.

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