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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz closing K-12 schools as COVID-19 spreads


March 16, 2020

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-02, authorizing the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of educational and essential services during combat COVID-19 epidemic.

Minnesota schools will close for at least eight days starting Wednesday under a new order from DFL Gov. Tim Walz, marking a dramatic shift in the state's approach to combating the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Under the order issued Sunday, teachers and school administrators across the state must continue to meet and implement plans to teach students from afar in the event schools must be closed past March 27. It also keeps elementary schools open to provide child care for health-care providers and emergency medical personnel who are directly responding to cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.


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