Governor Walz announced that distance learning will continue through the rest of the 2019-2020 school calendar year. The state continues to pursue opportunities to expand technology for students, provide guidance for educators on how to best connect with students, and support families.
“As a former teacher, this is a heartbreaking decision,” Governor Walz said. “I am sorry for all of our students who will miss out on graduations, tournaments, and end of year celebrations. While I recognize distance learning is a challenge for many families, it is critical to social distancing in Minnesota and supports the health of Minnesota’s families. We will continue looking for ways to improve the current system and better support our children.”
“Distance learning has created new challenges for all of us, but especially students of color, Native Americans, students in Greater Minnesota, students with disabilities, and low-income families, among others,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Students are missing their friends and routines, and families are struggling to work while helping their young learners. We can and must do more to ensure that every child is receiving the education they deserve and we will always put the safety and well-being of our families first.”
Moorhead Superintendent Brandon Lunak issued the following statement: "While this is disappointing news as we were greatly looking forward to seeing our students face to face, the most important focus for everyone right now is to feel safe, connected and healthy. Our commitment to provide our students with the quality education they need and deserve stays the same. Together as a Spud community, we have proven to ourselves that we can do distance learning well. Now we will continue to make our distance-learning plan even better in the days ahead."