Executive Orders – Education


Updated March 31, 1:16 pm

Q: The governor has issued a number of executive orders. Which ones affect K-12 education?

A:  All of the governor’s executive orders are posted on his website.

Here are the ones affecting education:

March 30, 2020-10.1 (Amendment to March 22 order):

  • School districts may open facilities during May to provide childcare to children of teachers, health and safety workers, and “lifeline workers” (agriculture, grocery stores, energy and utilities, banks, workers who serve the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.) Additional details are included online as part of description of childcare emergency operating grant. These school child-care centers may serve children in grades K-5 only.  These facilities must conform to Department of Human Services childcare guidelines.

March 30, 2020-16

  • School board meetings may be conducted remotely without the use of a central meeting room. Remote access must be provided for those wanting to attend a school board meeting. This order applies generally to meetings of governing boards.

March 22, 2020-10: Closed public schools (and, later, nonpublic schools) until further notice. The previous order only specified closure from March 16 to March 20.

  • Required school districts to develop age-appropriate distance learning plans.
  • Set March 27 as deadline for turning in distance learning plans.
  • Instruction that is offered on April 1 and afterward that is offered under the guidance of an approved learning plan will count toward required instructional hours.
  • Release of April state aid payment depends on having an approved distance learning plan in place.
  • Exempted some nonpublic residential schools. They are listed in the order.

March 16, 2020-04.1 (Amendment to March 15 order)

  • Made amendments to March 15 order to exempt some nonpublic residential schools, which are listed in the order. Examples: state schools for the blind and deaf, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Circle of Nations School, Anne Carlsen Center.

March 15, 2020-04:

  • Ordered all public and non-public schools closed from Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 20, 2020.
  • Essential staff ordered to report to work Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, to develop alternate plans for learning and providing school meals.