Board considers mask requirement preK-8
School board members are considering a recommendation by administration to require indoor masking for all people in the school setting (preK through grade 8) including staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings would continue to be strongly recommended for all staff, students and visitors to our high school, ALC and Transitions program and Central Services Building.
The school board is expected to vote on these safety procedures during the August 26 school board meeting (note date change). If approved, the masking requirement would take effect on Monday, August 30.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have both recommended universal masking in schools. The district's priority is to keep schools open so staff and students can continue to teach and learn and administration believes this step will limit the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in our schools.
With universal masking comes the opportunity to limit quarantining of students. If a student is a close contact and was wearing a mask or is vaccinated, MDH guidance states they DO NOT need to quarantine. All close contacts will be notified of a possible exposure and those who meet these criteria will be asked to monitor closely for any symptoms.
Learn more about COVID-19 safety procedures for the 2021-2022 school year.
The situation around COVID-19 is constantly changing and district officials will continue to monitor and adjust protocols in response to the latest information available.
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The school board is expected to vote on a masking requirement for preK through grade 8 during the August 26 board meeting (note date change).
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Check out the latest guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education related to COVID-19 safety procedures for this fall.
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