Friday evening, hours before the governor’s statewide stay-at-home executive order took effect, some Crookston High School students gathered in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parking lot to hang out, while implementing recommended social-distancing guidelines by staying at least six feet apart.

After more than a week of preparation, Crookston Public Schools teachers and staff on March 30 launched their distance-learning curriculum.

Gov. Tim Walz said in announcing the stay-at-home directive that, as of now, the distance learning curriculum would continue through May 1, with students returning to their classrooms on Tuesday, May 5. But that is subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.