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Federal Update: USDA extends meal flexibility through summer

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the extension of three nationwide waivers this week, giving child nutrition program operators the flexibility to continue to feed children during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also promoting social distancing.     With the extension of these waivers, models such as drive-thru food pickups, bus delivery and other means to deliver


With school buildings closed, children’s mental health is suffering

From Minnesota Public Radio | View article Most U.S. states have canceled in-person classes for the rest of the academic year. This week in Senate testimony, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sounded a cautionary note on the prospect of reopening school buildings nationwide, even in the


Minnesota parents, educators stress need to maintain personal connection with students while online learning

From the Star Tribune | View article A Star Tribune survey of parents shows that the more frequent the live video sessions between staff and students, the greater their satisfaction with their children’s learning.


Minnesota high schools reimagine graduation ceremonies to honor students during pandemic

From the Star Tribune:  State health and education officials are developing graduation guidelines that will be released in the coming weeks, a spokeswoman said.   


Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker Talks With Esme Murphy

From WCCO: On Sunday, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker spoke with Esme Murphy about navigating distance learning.