UPDATE: Moorhead Public Schools Superintendent Brandon Lunak tells WZFG Radio that Moorhead will not be holding classes on Monday and Tuesday.
ORIGINAL STORY: Area schools in Minnesota are heeding the directive of Governor Tim Walz, and will be closing their school districts amid continued concerns of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
A statement from Moorhead Schools Superintendent Brandon Lunak says:
"Moorhead Area Public Schools continues to follow the advice of the state and local experts as we monitor the COVID-19 situation. Today, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with the plan to resume some form of instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our students, so I am announcing today that we will be closing schools immediately to mitigate any risk of COVID-19 spread.
During the school closure for students, Moorhead Area Public Schools will be joining school districts across the state to create plans to equitably distribute distance learning to our students should we need to close schools statewide for a longer period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education is defining distance learning to mean that a student receives daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) and appropriate educational materials."
Bryan Thygeson, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Superintendent, also issued the following statement:
"Today Governor Walz closed schools from March 18th through March 27th. DGF will be closed March 16th-17th as well to allow all employees to work on distance learning plans for our students beginning March 30th. Once our distance learning plan is finalized we will communicate that with you.
All DGF activities, ECFE, Community Education, and facility usage are cancelled until further notice. Information will be shared tomorrow with parents on when students are able to access the buildings to pick up educational material. Unless it is a critical need, please refrain from accessing the buildings."
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to AM 1100 The Flag and AM1100theflag.com for updates on this breaking news story.