Gov. Walz Orders K-12 Minnesota Public Schools Temporarily Closed To Battle Coronavirus
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered all Minnesota K-12 public schools temporarily closed to battle Coronavirus using Executive Order 20-02.
He made this announcement during a news conference Sunday morning.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
The order is to last from Wednesday, March 18 until Friday, March 27.
In addition, Wayzata Public Schools will be closer Monday, March 16 and Tuesday March 17, and March 30 through April 6 due to the previously scheduled spring break.
“My top priority as Governor is the safety of Minnesotans. As a former teacher, and father of two teenage kids, I’m especially focused on the safety of our children.” said Governor Walz. “I am ordering the temporary closure of schools so educators can make plans to provide a safe learning environment for all Minnesota students during this pandemic. Closing schools is never an easy decision, but we need to make sure we have plans in place to educate and feed our kids regardless of what’s to come.”
Executive Order 20-02 requires schools to provide care for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers during previously planned school days to ensure Minnesota’s first line of defense against COVID-19 can stay on the job.
“There is nothing more important than the health, safety, and well-being of Minnesotans,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “This decision was made with children and families in mind, as well as our educators, to best support our schools and educational system in the weeks and months ahead and make sure that we have a plan in place for our kids who rely on school for meals and other critical needs.”