Closure of All Schools and Colleges in the Commonwealth

MEMORANDUM

DATE:            October 29, 2021

TO:                 CNMI State Board of Education

CNMI Public School System

Northern Marianas College

Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools

FROM:           Governor

SUBJECT:     Closure of All Schools and Colleges in the Commonwealth

Protecting the health and safety of our people has been the main priority during this COVID-19 pandemic, and I will continue to do everything I can to keep our community safe against this virus. In consultation with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation and the COVID-19 Task Force, I am hereby shutting down all public and private schools and colleges in the Commonwealth for the next 10 days to mitigate against community spread as contact tracing continues. 

I want to personally assure the educational community, staff, parents, families, and students that we will do everything as a government to protect the Commonwealth as we have successfully done throughout the course of the pandemic. We have the tools in place to contain this.

We remind residents to continue practicing the 3 W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. All individuals are encouraged to take advantage of community-based testing, which resumes later today at Kanoa Resort from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to ensure the safety of all residents. We also encourage eligible residents who are unvaccinated to get vaccinated to protect against serious illness. 

This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to provide updates moving forward.

Thank you for your cooperation and continued partnership.

Sincerely,

/s/

RALPH DLG. TORRES

Governor

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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