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On Sunday, March 15, Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that Minnesota’s public schools and charter schools must close by Wednesday, March 18, and remain closed through Friday, March 27, in light of the COVID-19 situation. Schools are to use this time to plan for equitable distance learning in the event that a longer school closure may be necessary. All school staff are expected to participate in the planning process except for school staff who are vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure as explained by the Minnesota Department of Health. School plans must include arrangements for the elementary school children of health care workers, first responders, law enforcement, and firefighters.

Equity Alliance MN will continually monitor the situation and will update this site regularly. Please contact Equity Alliance MN if questions or concerns arise.

UPDATE (04/09/2020): Board Meeting Regulations

Due to the current federal and state emergency declarations and guidance about limiting person-to-person contact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.021, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Equity Alliance Minnesota has determined that an in-person meeting as regularly scheduled for April 15, 2020  is not practical or prudent, and therefore this meeting will be conducted remotely via teleconference or videoconference. Anyone wishing to provide public comment for the meeting can send their written comments to info@ea-mn.org at least one day prior to the meeting, and submitted comments will be read aloud by a Board member.  Furthermore, due to the health pandemic, the Chair has determined that it is not feasible for at least one Board member, the Executive Director, or the District’s legal counsel to be physically present at the April 15, 2020 regular meeting location; and it is also not feasible for the public to attend at the regular meeting location due to the health pandemic.  Therefore, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021, members of the public are not permitted to attend this meeting due to the current health pandemic. Persons may monitor this meeting from a remote location by contacting Equity Alliance MN at info@ea-mn.org at least one day in advance of the meeting to request a web link or conference call number for the meeting.  All practices regarding attendee conduct still apply, and except for the public comment portion of the meeting, all attendees will be able to monitor or observe only.

UPDATE (04/22/2020): Until Further Notice Board Meeting Regulations

Due to the current federal and state emergency declarations and guidance about limiting person-to-person contact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by action of the Board of Directors of Equity Alliance Minnesota, all future meetings of the Board will be conducted in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021—Meetings by Telephone or Other Electronic Means—until further notice. Anyone wishing to provide public comment for the meeting can send their written comments to info@ea-mn.org one day in advance of the meeting date. Furthermore, due to the health pandemic, the Board of Directors has determined that it is not feasible for at least one Board member, the Executive Director, or the District’s legal counsel to be physically present at the regular meeting location; and it is also not feasible for the public to attend at the regular meeting location due to the health pandemic. Therefore, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021, members of the public are not permitted to attend future meetings due to the current health pandemic, until further notice. Persons may monitor meetings from a remote location by contacting Equity Alliance MN at info@ea-mn.org at least one day in advance of a meeting to request a web link or conference call number for the meeting. All practices regarding attendee conduct still apply, and except for the public comment portion of the meeting, all attendees will be able to monitor or observe only.

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