State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved a request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 22-23, 2020, as days during the 2020-21 school year when classes, sports events and practices, and other school activities may not be held.

The information is of interest to teachers, parents and families as well as administrators, because school will be closed on those Administrator Conference Days.

North Dakota law gives the superintendent authority to set aside two days during a school year for a “professional development conference directed toward all teachers or all administrators and hosted by an educational organization in this state.”

The North Dakota Legislature once designated two days during each school year for a state teachers’ convention. That convention was discontinued after the Legislature changed how state education aid would be paid during the two days that schools were closed.

The 2019 Legislature rejected a bill to broaden the law’s application to conferences that must include all teachers, in addition to administrators. SB2228 was defeated, 3-44, in the North Dakota Senate.