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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 Friday, March 19, 2021, and from sunrise to sunset on Monday, March 22, 2021. Friday, March 19, will remember, mourn, and honor lives lost due to…

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 Friday, February 19, 2021. Governor Walz has directed flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month to remember, mourn, and honor lives lost…

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter told members of the Big 4 group that the state budget is out of whack from the pandemic. He urged schools, counties, cities and township leaders to all pull together to get out of the shortfall. Schowalter is looking at a $2.3 billion…

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 about institutions’ efforts to develop practices for housing, instruction, and…

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 in effect. MSBA offers guidance below with recognition that the…

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. Some districts or charter schools may choose to offer differentiated…

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 and student programming. This guidance is applicable to programs authorized…

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, and honor lives lost due to COVID-19. “As of May…

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 new from MDE in the May 5 update: Creating Equitable…

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 care programs that remain open. In this guidance, you will…

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