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For Immediate Release
February 19, 2021

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Governor Sununu Signs Back to School Emergency Order

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order mandating schools offer in-person instruction to all students at least two days a week starting March 8, 2020.

“This Emergency Order will help get kids back in the classroom,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “The data and science is clear — kids can and should learn in-person, and it is safe to do so. I would like to thank all school districts, teachers, and administrators who have been able to successfully navigate this path.”

A K-12 school may transition to required full-time distance learning for all students or a segment of students for up to 48 hours without approval from the state if the transition is necessary to assess concerns related to COVID-19 infections, staffing shortages related to infections, or another unexpected event or series of events related to COVID-19.

If a school wishes to transition to fully-remote learning for more than 48 hours, they must receive approval from the Commissioner of Education, in consultation with Public Health.

Virtual Learning Academy Charter Schools are not impacted by this Emergency Order.

Note: A copy of Emergency Order #85 can be found here.