Gov. Doug Burgum announced on Thursday K-12 schools in the state will remain closed until further notice, and says he plans to issue an executive order which will allow distance learning hours to count. State law had previously not allowed for that. An executive order by Gov. Burgum will waive that.

The Governor is granting waivers for the next week and two days following that to keep paying teachers and hourly employees such as paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, food service and other staff through this closure. He is allowing schools to go 163 days instead of the mandated 175 days under state law.

Burgum says school should be resumed by April 1 through alternative learning. Each district has until June 30 to complete their school year if needed.