Summer learning and child care: Governor issues executive order, MDE issues guidance

Summer learning and child care: Governor issues executive order, MDE issues guidance

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On May 14, Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-57, which authorizes and directs Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker to “allow for a safe and effective summer learning environment for Minnesota’s students.”

Two key highlights from Executive Order 20-57:

  • MDE has determined that school districts and charter schools may safely open their buildings for a hybrid model of in-school learning and distance learning this summer for students eligible for summer learning or extended learning year services. This “summer learning period” begins when the 2019-2020 calendar ends.
  • The Executive Order addresses summer child care and meal questions.

In coordination with Executive Order 20-57, MDE issued guidance:

These guidance documents are available on the MDE COVID-19 Updates webpage, the MSBA website homepage and the MSBA COVID-19 webpage.

MSBA members are encouraged to direct questions to MSBA staff.

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