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Dear Northfield School District Families:

The Legislature passed a new law making June 19th (Juneteenth) an official state holiday beginning in 2023.

💡 Why it’s important

  • The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
  • The Legislature passed revisions during the 2023 session making Juneteenth an official state holiday.
  • Minnesota Statute 645.44 Subd. 5 says, “… No public business shall be transacted on any holiday, except in cases of necessity …)

🔍 What does it mean?

  • All Northfield School District buildings, programs, classes, and services will be closed on June 19, 2023, to observe the Juneteenth holiday.
  • Early Ventures, Kid Ventures, and Community School will be closed on June 19, 2023. 
  • Community Education programs planned for June 19 will not be held. Please watch for details via email from the Community Education Department staff.
  • All district employees scheduled to work on June 19 will be paid as if they had worked their scheduled hours.
  • Employees who had entered vacation or other leave time for June 19 will have that time removed from the leave system.

📑 Learn More

The district encourages everyone to take time to learn more about Juneteenth and its history:

As always, please contact me with any questions or feedback.



Matt Hillmann, Ed.D.