Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Thousands of Minnesota public school students and families statewide are now being exposed to a new way of learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Tim Walz ordered schools to close two weeks ago to allow educators time to create distance learning plans. Many districts began using the new educational tool Monday. Distance learning is expected to be in place until at least May 4.

Rochester Public Schools is currently observing its spring break and will begin its distance learning program for most students on Monday, April 6. The program will begin April 13 for students attending Longfellow school.

RPS says families are expected to receive information about distance learning on or before April 6. At this time, RPS anticipates distance learning will take place April 6 - 30.

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