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Governor Walz announces plans to turn the dials

On Friday, March 12, Governor Walz announced plans to turn the dials forward on events and celebrations. Executive Order 21-11, which will be published on Governor Walz's Executive Orders webpage later today, outlines the changes in full detail. Here is what Brooklyn Center Community Schools families need to know about the new executive order. 

“Today’s announcement is another indication that there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said Superintendent Dr. Carly Baker. “I am encouraged by this turning of the dial to allow us to gather in some ways again. We will keep our community informed as decisions are made this spring.”

Events and celebrations

On April 1, 2021, updated venue capacities and guidance will go into effect for venues that can ensure compliance with health and safety measures. The Minnesota Department of Education will not issue guidance for specific celebrations, including prom and graduation. More information about executive Order 21-11 will be published on Governor Walz's Executive Orders webpage later today.

In BCCS, district and school leaders will continue planning end of year celebrations for all possible scenarios, including if events will continue in their typical format, be planned to allow for social distancing and other health and safety protocols or be canceled. We will continue to monitor the data and share more information for specific events as decisions are made later this spring.

COVID-19 testing for families

MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing. 

Testing has never been easier – you can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your health care provider. All options are quick and free to you.

You can sign your entire family up to get tested at the same time at a community testing site. If someone in your family prefers to speak in another language besides English, in-person or language line assistance is available. Test sites are doing everything they can to make sure sites are clean, safe, and comfortable for everyone.

Visit Getting Tested for COVID-19 or contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment.