We’re providing as much current information as possible. We will continue to make updates immediately after planning decisions are made about testing, quarantine, and more. 

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Updated 8-26-21

Quarantine Questions | Policy

In what situations will my student be sent home?

Students will be sent home to quarantine for up to 10 days. Because every case is different, talk with your school nurse to determine if a fewer days of quarantine is appropriate.

Unvaccinated students will be sent home from school if:

  • Your student shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school
  • Your student is identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. Exception: Students who are close contacts, who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both the infected student and exposed student were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting face-coverings 

Vaccinated:

  • Your student shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school

Note: Vaccinated students identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 do not need to quarantine as long as they have no symptoms. However, the MDH highly recommends that your student take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the potential exposure.

Will my student be able to access remote learning or other online resources if they need to quarantine?

If a student moves to quarantine, our teams will communicate with parent/caregiver and student to share options for learning opportunities that will focus on the individual needs of students while they are outside of school.

When can my student return to school if they were sent home for having symptoms?

The below information applies to students with symptoms who are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

  • Unknown cause of symptoms: If there is no alternative diagnosis (reason for the symptoms other than COVID-19) provided by your healthcare provider, your student must follow all quarantine guidance and quarantine for as long as they have symptoms.
  • Alternative diagnosis: If your health care provider provides an alternative diagnosis, your student still must have a negative COVID-19 test (taken on day 5, 6, or 7 of quarantine) or complete a 10 day quarantine period.
How long is the quarantine period? (MDE Flowchart)

For students, the school nurse will help families identify their options and isolation or quarantine time using the MDH Exclusion Flowchart and other relevant guidance.

How long does my student have to isolate/quarantine if they test positive for COVID-19?
Please contact your school nurse to report a positive case of COVID-19.

Face-Covering Questions

Who is required to wear a face-covering?

All staff, students, and guests are not required but highly recommended to wear a face-covering in any 287 building, regardless of vaccination status.

What is considered an appropriate face covering?

Appropriate face-covering must have at least two layers of cloth and cover the nose and mouth completely in accordance with CDC guidance, for example:

  • Paper or disposable mask
  • Cloth face mask
  • Medical-grade mask
  • Medical grade respirator
  • Scarf
  • Bandanna
  • Neck gaiter (if more than one layer)
  • Religious face covering that covers the nose and mouth completely in accordance with CDC guidance.  

What doesn’t qualify? Masks with valves, mesh, openings, holes, vents, or visible gaps in the material do not qualify as face coverings. 

What are the exemptions?

Exceptions to masks includes the following:

  • Children under two: A face covering should not be placed on a child under the age of two.
  • Incapacitated Individuals: A face covering should not be placed on any unconscious person, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
  • Medical condition, mental health condition, or disability: A person is not required to wear a face-covering if the person cannot wear a face covering or cannot wear a face-covering safely due to a developmental, medical, behavioral, mental health condition, or disability. This includes a person who has a medical condition that compromises the person’s ability to breathe.

Documentation from a medical authority is required for this exemption unless the District already has sufficient information that demonstrates the need for the requested exemption. 

Can a face shield be used as an alternative to a face-covering?

In some cases. Face shields can be used as an alternative to face-coverings when:

  • Staff wearing a face-covering may impede the educational process
  • Students cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition. 
  • A person has a disability or medical or mental health condition that prevents them from wearing a face-covering
  • A face-covering would impede the direct student support services being provided by staff. 
  • A face-covering would interfere with religious attire that is worn as part of a sincerely-held religious belief

COVID-19 Testing Questions

Will you provide testing for students?

we are expanding our testing efforts and now have at-home testing kits available to provide to families if a student becomes symptomatic. Families can reach out to their school nurse or school administration to have an at-home rapid test sent home with your student. Alternatively, we’re also working to have school nurses potentially test students onsite should families choose and agree to this option. 

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