BISMARCK, N.D. ( – The superintendent of the Valley City Public School District Josh Johnson gave a moving presentation strongly encouraging North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and other state officials to keep schools open for as long as possible during the current pandemic.

Johnson said following an interview with several High School students, he was surprised to learn how students are suffering from mental health issues by not attending school.

Johnson believes keeping schools open is vital in maintaining a positive attitude for students not only in Valley City but for students across the state of North Dakota.

The full presentation from Josh Johnson was made during Governor Burgum’s news briefing on Friday, November 20th.