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Deer River and Nashwauk Superintendent Matt Grose: A Rural Education Leader For Uncertain Times

All this week and into the days and weeks ahead we are working hard to bring you local conversations about preparing for and living with the pandemic COVID-19.  Schools are closed and leaders are scrambling to find a new normal in a not-normal time. 

In an executive order Governor Tim Walz called off schools until March 27th.  That is most likely NOT the date they will reopen, it's the date when schools need to have their plans in place for long-term distance learning. 

This is a huge change to not just students and those that work in schools, but to parents who will also need to be away from work while their kids are home.  The Governor also had an executive order regarding Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance.  Parents who can't work with kids at home are also eligible as well as workers in fields like restaurants and bars, hair and wellness salons and more.  To apply for Unemployment Insurance click here.

The governor has signed an executive order authorizing the closure of the state's K-12 public schools starting Wednesday until Friday, Mar. 27.

The move is being taken to give schools time to make plans for long-term distance learning, suggesting that the closure could be extended beyond Mar. 27, though for now the plan is to re-open on Mar. 30.

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.