We’re already preparing for back-to-school by taking a close look at our COVID-19 safety measures, many of which will likely stay in place. With less than 3% of our staff and students presenting with COVID-19 at a 287 building last school year, we know that our layers of protection were extremely effective in keeping everyone as safe as possible.
In the coming weeks, we will work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and local public health officials as we prepare for back-to-school. We know that safety guidance may continue to change between now and the start of school based on further state and federal direction. We plan to communicate with families about various aspects of safety including mask wearing, social distancing, confirmed cases, vaccinations, testing, cleaning procedures, and more by late August.
In the meantime, we encourage our students, staff, families, and all members of our community who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Please be aware of the below back-to-school updates:
In-person learning (no distance learning option)
Students will attend school five days a week, in person. We will discontinue distance learning during the 2021-2022 school year as it is no longer an option per the direction of the Minnesota Department of Education. Our school leaders and staff are here to support students who were previously in distance learning transition to in-person learning. We know some families of students who receive Special Education Services may wish to schedule an IEP meeting to plan for a smooth transition. Please contact your school’s principal if you have questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a meeting to plan for your student’s transition to in person learning.
Unpredictability may continue to be a hallmark of the 2021-22 school year. As guided by the State, we will continue to review local community and school transmission data instead of county data and close only a program or a school when necessary instead of the whole District.
Important Information For Families
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
The 287 COVID-19 Dashboard shows the positive cases that impact our school. community.
Let us know if you test positive for COVID-19: First, staff members and families must follow the instructions for notifying District 287 if they have received a confirmed positive case of COIVD-19.
Staff: Staff members should contact their supervisor to help them submit a positive case form, which is shared with Human Resources.
Families: Families should contact the school nurse at their student's school to report a positive case.
The positive case will be reported to 287's COVID-19 Program Coordinator/Health & Safety Manager, who will notify the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Superintendent of District 287.
In collaboration with District 287, the MHD will identify people who were in close contact with the confirmed case. Close contacts will receive an email from District 287, letting them know they should not enter a 287 building for the duration of the incubation period (14 days from the date of potential exposure).
Communicating with staff and families: District 287 chooses to communicate to staff and families if there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on your site. You will be notified the same day that District 287 receives the information from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Close Contacts: Close Contacts: Anyone who was in close contact, within 6 feet for 15 mins or more, with the confirmed case 48 hours prior to testing positive will receive an email.
School-wide notice: Staff and families will receive a school-wide notification each time there is a positive COVID-19 case. Staff will receive an email. Families will receive an email, phone recording, and text message (if you've signed up for it).
Public website: This page will be updated each week with any confirmed cases
Next Steps: Additional cleaning and disinfecting will happen at the site. In collaboration with MDH and other district leaders, the Superintendent will determine if a zonal, site or district-wide closure needs to occur.
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COVID-Related Family Communications
- Coming soon!
Fall School Planning: A team of 287 staff meets weekly to plan and prepare for what school may look like in the fall. This team of diverse staff includes nurses, social workers, family engagement, food and nutrition, transportation, academics, staff professional development, district leaders, racial equity, and more. Members of the team are gathering input from staff, students, and families to understand concerns about planning for school this fall.
Incident Command: A team of district leaders and principals meet 3 to 5 times each week to plan and prepare for the day-to-day operations as a result of COVID-19. The team includes staff experts in health and safety, mental health, academics and learning, special education, human resources, communications, and more.
Saliva testing sites open in Brooklyn Park and St. Paul
The Minnesota Department of Health has opened semi-permanent saliva test sites in Brooklyn Park and St. Paul. Saliva testing is free and open to all Minnesotans.
Hours for both the Brooklyn Park and St Paul sites:
- Monday - Friday: 12 - 7 p.m.
- Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.