COVID-19 Safety Precautions


Dear 287 Families, 

Over the last few weeks, we have seen COVID-19 case rates increase significantly in our community and schools. As long as it is safe to do so, our priority is to keep schools open and students in school. We know this is what is best for their academic and emotional well-being. Amidst increasing case rates, we are doubling down on our safety measures. Please know that we monitor our case rates daily and carefully consider when school or program closures may be needed to mitigate further exposures.

Our best defense against COVID-19 is following all of the layers of protection. 

  • Wear your mask properly, covering your mouth and nose at all times except for on breaks, eating, or drinking.
  • Depending on case rates, social distancing may increase to 6 feet where possible, and staff may consider rearranging classrooms to increase the distance between students and ensuring student cohorts stay together to limit potential exposures.
  • Limit the number of people in gatherings when possible.
  • We highly encourage all those who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot. Limiting all seasonal illnesses will ensure students can stay in school.

While we are encouraged that over 80% of our staff are vaccinated, and more and more students are getting vaccinated, we also know that the Delta variant is extremely contagious and breakthrough cases (cases where the individual was vaccinated) are increasing. Therefore, given recent increased exposures, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends that our staff and families proactively get tested for COVID-19 in the community whether you have symptoms or not, and are vaccinated or not.

Considering that next week is a shortened school week (no school on Thursday and Friday, October 21 and 22), we understand that some families may wish to keep their students home from school to help mitigate potential exposures. We trust that our families will do what is best for their families, whether that means their student attends school while practicing mask-wearing and social distancing, or keeping students home. We respect your choice. We also want to ask families to consider additional safety precautions over the school break as students often experience greater social interactions with family and friends.

We again want to remind you of the COVID-19 information available on our website, including a COVID-19 Dashboard that tracks all positive cases in our schools, FAQs for families, and testing and vaccination information.

Sincerely,

Sandy Lewandowski
Superintendent