As the Crookston School District finalizes its plans, he says families will be updated.

Soon after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Sunday announced a mandatory, statewide closure of K-12 schools in response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic from March 18 to March 27, with classes as of now set to resume on Monday, March 30, Crookston School District Superintendent Jeremy Olson released the following statement:

"Dear Families,

"Today, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with the plan to resume instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020.

"During the school closure for students, Crookston School District will be joining school districts and charter schools across the state to create plans to equitably distribute distance learning to our students should we need to close schools statewide for a longer period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education is defining distance learning to mean that a student receives daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) and appropriate educational materials. Starting March 30, 2020, per the instruction from the Minnesota Department of Education, student learning will continue for the rest of the school year.

"Our educators will be giving thoughtful planning to our distance learning plan, offering careful consideration for students in a variety of areas, including students receiving special education services, multilingual learners, students experiencing homelessness, and students who rely on meals served at school.

"Once our distance learning plan is finalized we will communicate the plan to families.

"As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We also want to ensure every child has access to the education they need and deserve.

"We will continue to keep you informed as we navigate COVID-19."