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School Re-opening
School Re-opening
Kelly Koppinger
Wednesday, July 08, 2020

On March 15, 2020, Governor Burgum ordered the closure of North Dakota K-12 schools in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 based on guidance from public school superintendents, medical experts and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).  He then further directed schools to serve their students via distance learning “until further notice”.

On June 1, 2020, Governor Burgum amended his executive order to allow schools to have summer school and to provide daycare as long as it was in groups of 15 or less. 

We are in frequent contact with the ND Department of Public Instruction and the Governor’s Office trying to find out what schools will be allowed to do when we return to school in August.  

At this time, we do not know if students will be allowed to return to school at all.  If they are allowed to return, will class-size caps and social distancing guidelines be in place?  If they do restrict class size,  that may force us to limit the number of students who can attend school each day and we may have to implement alternate schedules for some classes. Will we have to wear facemasks? If so, we are working with providers to have enough personal protective equipment for everyone. 

Will the state allow schools still have the authority to offer distance learning classes to our students who have been identified as high risk by a medical-professional?

There are many scenarios we are working through to ensure our students’ health and safety. We are working with a wide range of health leaders to do the best that we can for our students and community.

It is our hope that the Guidelines we need to follow will be released by mid-July.  Once those guidelines are released we will share the educational plan for this fall. 

We know how difficult this uncertainty is for many of you.  Rest assured that as soon as we have guidance from the state, we will communicate our plan.  If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (701) 579-4160 or by email at: Kelly.koppinger@k12.nd.us.