Stating the obvious, Covid-19 turned the world upside down. As almost everyone knows, on Sunday, Governor Tim Walz ordered Minnesota schools to close until March 27 to determine how to deliver distance learning and services to their students for the foreseeable future. School districts are expected to begin instruction on Monday, March 30, through a modified learning model, either in-person or online, that will protect students and staff. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has a Covid-19 webpage to share best practices, timely information, and other resources, which includes this very informative Q and A on School Closure for school districts and families. Also, the Governor ordered schools to provide immediate childcare for children of essential employees, such as health care workers and law enforcement. School districts mobilized to fill this critical service that benefits all Minnesotans.
Due to the coronavirus, the Legislature has stopped all regular business until April 14 and is only meeting when necessary to move crucial Covid-19 legislation. An Sunday agreement was reached that any additional business must have the approval of all four legislative leaders – the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Minority Leader and the House Minority Leader. Thus, the list of other possible accomplishments has likely dwindled to finding agreement on bonding and insulin bills sometime in May.
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