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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

We have shared a document that provides a simplified overview of what our COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be when we Return to In-Person learning on Monday, April 12th (9th) and Tuesday April 13th (10th-12th). These protocols are guided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and are in place to keep our staff and students as safe as possible.

  1. Families will need to do a health screening for their student at home daily before the student comes to school. Adult or independent students perform their own health screening. If there are any symptoms of illness or a temperature of 100.0 degrees or more, the student should stay home. Call the school nurse (612-668-1968) to report symptoms and receive further instruction.

  1. Students must not come to school (but do call the school nurse 612-668-1968) if any of these are true:

  • Tests positive for COVID-19.  
  • Shows symptoms of COVID-19.  
  • May have been exposed to COVID-19.  
  • Has symptoms and is waiting to get tested or waiting for COVID-19 test results. 
  • Household member has symptoms and is getting tested for COVID-19.
  1. Temperature screenings will not be done upon arrival at school. This must be done at home during the health screening. Mass temperature screenings are not part of the guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  2. Students will be expected to wear a mask properly at school at all times unless they are eating breakfast or lunch.

  3. Students will be expected to observe social distance: 6 ft from staff and other students whenever possible. In classrooms where there is less room, students will be expected to maintain 3 ft of distance at minimum from each other and 6 ft from staff.

  4. If a student develops symptoms at school, they will be taken to the designated illness room. Family will be contacted to arrange the student’s transportation home. School health staff will evaluate the student’s temperature and symptoms based  on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19  Decision Tree for Exclusion, and advise the student and family based on what the decision tree indicates for their individual symptoms and situation. In some cases, depending on the student’s symptoms, siblings may be sent home from school as well (even if the sibling has no symptoms). *Please make sure contact information is up to date for all of your MPS students. MPS Illness at School

  5. Regular COVID-19 testing is encouraged at least once every two weeks for students and staff attending school in person, even if they have no symptoms. 

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