ST. CLOUD -- Three local school districts have announced that they will be closing ahead of Governor Tim Walz's deadline.

The St. Cloud Area School District, Sartell School District, and Sauk Rapids-Rice School Districts will be closed to students for two weeks starting Monday in keeping with Executive Order 20-02 issued Sunday morning.

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During the closure, educators and administrators will create plans for distance learning in the event of a longer COVID-19 shutdown.

The districts say they are currently meeting with community partners to find ways to continue food distribution and childcare services during the temporary closure.

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