School Board/District Guidance

MSBA 2020 Fall School Reopening Guidance

State of Minnesota COVID-19 Response Website: Frequently Asked Questions about the Safe Learning Plan (August 6, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Transportation of Nonpublic and Charter School Students 2020-21 (August 6, 2020)

State of Minnesota: Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021 (July 30, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools 2020-21 School Year Planning (Updated July 30, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Health: 2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools (Updated July 30, 2020)

PELSB: 2020-21 Guidance for School Districts and Charter Schools Regarding Teacher Licensure and Permissions (Updated July 29, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools (Updated July 22, 2020)

Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division: School Occupant Loads for COVID-19 Restrictions (Updated July 8, 2020)

National School Boards Association: Setting a New Course — A Legal Guide to Operating Schools in the Pandemic Era (July 2020)

MSBA: Lessons Learned from a COVID-19 World — Q&A with Board Chairs and Superintendents (June 2020)

MSBA offers guidance in its updated MSBA School Board Meeting Guide with recognition that the manner in which a school board holds its meetings is largely a matter of local control. Access the updated School Board Meeting Guide (updated May 28, 2020)

Resolutions for Filling a Temporary Vacancy Due to Illness or Prolonged Absence

Sample Resolution: Request for Fund Transfer | Guidance for Transfer of Funds | Request for Fund Transfer Form (April 7, 2020)

MSBA School Board Chair Script for Virtual Meetings (Updated April 7, 2020)

COVID-19 and Student-Centered Leadership: By Katie Klanderud and Paula O'Loughlin, MSBA Board Development Team


Government Updates

Governor Tim Walz on July 30 issued Emergency Executive Order 20-82, which sets guidance for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021. Reopening options will be partly triggered by county virus infection rates.

Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-81, which requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Pages 10-11 for information about K-12 schools. (July 22, 2020)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes an Education Stabilization Fund, which in turn contains two major sources of funding for schools: the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Visit the Minnesota Department of Education website for information about the status of these programs in Minnesota.

U.S. Department of Education: IDEA Dispute Resolution Procedures | Part B | Part C (June 22, 2020)

MSBA Legislative Update Webinar: End of the Regular Legislative Session Update (Recorded May 19, 2020) | NOTE: Log-in required for access.

Legislative Update Webinar (recorded April 27, 2020): Hear the latest state and federal news from MSBA's Denise Dittrich. NOTE: Log-in required for access.