Burgum orders K-12 schools closed through the end of May

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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2020 6:00 am

Students in the Hillsboro and Central Valley school districts won’t return to their school buildings for the remainder of the academic year.

Gov. Doug Burgum issued an executive order May 1 calling for the state’s K-12 schools to finish the school year relying on distance learning to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Burgum said the decision to maintain distance learning was made after in-depth talks with State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and input from school administrators, teachers and students across the state.

“North Dakota has become a shining example of distance learning,” Burgum said.

“While some states simply shut down schools with no alternative to classroom learning, our teachers and administrators quickly developed plans to continue educating our students via creative combinations of online instruction and effective use of good old-fashioned books, reports and homework.”

Hillsboro and Central Valley school administrators said Tuesday they were expecting the decision to finish the year without students in school.

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