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State Superintendent, Governor seek testing waiver

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19, Press Release

State School Superintendent and Gov. Doug Burgum have collaborated on a request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive all federally mandated student assessments for the 2019-20 school year.


Governor Burgum issues Executive Order for Distance Learning to Count Towards Instructional Hours

Monday, March 23, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19, Press Release

Governor Burgum, with State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, provided updated guidance to K-12 school districts after the governor on Sunday ordered schools closed this week to slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide time to gather more data, better assess coronavirus testing and treatment capability, and allow school districts to plan for educating their students in the event of an extended COVID-19 pandemic.


Burgum: K-12 schools won’t have to make up instructional time from coronavirus-related closure

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19, Press Release

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that K-12 schools which were closed this week by executive order will not have to make up the instructional time later this school year.


Burgum orders K-12 schools to close for one week in effort to slow spread of COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19, Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – By executive order, Gov. Doug Burgum today 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).  


COVID-19 March 15 5:45 pm Update

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 05:45 pm

Categories: all, COVID-19

Update from ND Superintendent Kirsten Baesler: The situation is constantly evolving. North Dakota leaders have been meeting around the clock since Friday afternoon. 


COVID-19 March 15 12:30 pm Update

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Categories: all, COVID-19

Update from ND Superintendent Kirsten Baesler: I am aware of the Minnesota directive to close schools this week.


COVID-19 March 13 Update

Friday, March 13, 2020

Categories: all, COVID-19

ND State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Governor Doug Burgum say the governor will not order the state’s schools closed for now, because information about the presence of COVID-19 in North Dakota does not justify that step. There has been one confirmed COVID-19 case in Ward County, and there have been no documented cases of spread within a community.


ND Presidential Scholar Nominees Announced

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Categories: all, Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated 64 North Dakota high school seniors who have been nominated for United States Presidential Scholar honors.

The scholars were chosen from 20 public and four nonpublic high schools. Bismarck Century has the most nominees, with 13, while Grand Forks Central had 10. Fargo’s Davies and North high schools have six nominees each.


Applications Open for Summer Food Service Program

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm

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The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is seeking applications from organizations interested in operating North Dakota’s Summer Food Service Program. It provides meals to children when school is not in session.


North Dakota U.S. Senate Youth Program Winners Chosen

Monday, December 30, 2019 at 11:00 pm

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Megha Bharadwaj, a junior at Bismarck’s St. Mary’s Central High School, and Rachel Goven, a senior at Turtle Lake Mercer High School, have been chosen to take part in the U.S. Senate Youth Program in March. The honor includes a $10,000 college scholarship.