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:
- Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools
- Prioritization of Children of Families Working in Critical Sectors — Summer Programming and Child Care
MSBA members are encouraged to direct questions to MSBA staff.