Category Archives: Coronavirus

U.S. Senate Education Committee plans hearing about returning to school

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee plans to hold a “COVID-19: Going Back to School Safely” hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 10. The hearing follows a similar discussion with postsecondary leaders this week, which featured testimony … Continue reading

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MSBA issues updated guidance for school board meetings

The transition from Minnesota’s stay-at-home directive to the current stay safe environment may lead some school boards to alter their board meeting approach. It is important to keep in mind that the peacetime state of emergency and pandemic declaration remain … Continue reading

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Minnesota Department of Education updates Summer Programming Guidance

The Minnesota Department of Education updated its Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools. Here’s what’s new in the May 26 version: Under Summer Learning Overview (Page 5): The purpose of this guidance is to ensure equitable programming for all students. … Continue reading

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Minnesota Department of Health updates social distancing guidance for K-12 schools, student programs

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently updated its Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs document. According to MDH: This guidance document outlines the practical application of prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in youth … Continue reading

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Gov. Walz orders flags at half-staff on the 19th of every month in honor of Minnesotans who have died from COVID-19

Governor Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 and on the 19th of every month through 2020 to remember, mourn, … Continue reading

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Minnesota Department of Education updates distance learning guide

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) updated its Distance Teaching and Learning Implementation Guidance on May 5, 2020. This updated guidance is available on the MDE COVID-19 Updates webpage, the MSBA homepage and the MSBA COVID-19 webpage. Here is what’s … Continue reading

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CDC, MDH provide health guidance for school-age child care programs

When care is provided to children of critical workers it is important to ensure that all Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are followed. The CDC has developed helpful guidance for child … Continue reading

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Senate committee discussing education finance, policy today

The Minnesota Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee is meeting remotely at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 15, 2020) to review and discuss the SC7474-2 document — a bill draft “relating to education finance and policy; providing for school closures … Continue reading

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Fund transfer guidance, sample resolution available for school districts

On April 7, the Minnesota Department of Education issued Commissioner Guidance for the Transfer of Funds for Emergency Executive Order 20-19, Items 21-22 to assist school districts seeking to transfer funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commissioner Guidance can be found on … Continue reading

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Minnesota Department of Health offers masking recommendations for schools

Have questions about masks? The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has answers on its Masking Recommendations for Child Care and Schools webpage. See MDH’s The Difference Between Alternative Masks and Surgical Masks for COVID-19 graphic for more information.

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