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. 

New Safety Measures: On August 13, 2021, the School Board approved a resolution for emergency adoption of three policies related to face-coverings, proof of vaccination or negative test for staff, and quarantining. The Board will take action on these policies on August 26, 2021. Read more.

COVID-19 Weekly Testing for Students:  We will provide optional weekly COVID-19 testing to unvaccinated District 287 students at school. Given additional resources, we may be able to expand testing to vaccinated students in the future. Read more.

Survey: Do you want your student to receive weekly COVID-19 testing at school?

Vaccinations: 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.

Free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for all District 287 students, families, and staff – anyone ages 12 and up. These clinics are for your first and second dose, not a booster shot.

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. 

Preparing for Back to School: 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 before school starts.

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 COVID-19 Cases

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

The 287 COVID-19 Dashboard shows the positive cases that impact our school. community. 

Inform 287

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.

Family Communications
Nothing in our COVID-19-related policies, plans, and procedures should be read to create a ministerial duty; the District relies upon the sound judgment and discretion of its administrators to carry out the recommendations of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.