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May 13, 2021

Dear School Leaders,

This evening, Governor Walz announced an end to the statewide mask requirement. This announcement follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask. Executive Order 21-23 will be effective immediately upon approval by the Minnesota Executive Council, which is scheduled to meet tomorrow. Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors.

The CDC has not yet provided clear guidance for school settings, but has stated that they expect to update guidance for children in school and summer camps soon. Additionally, our youngest Minnesotans remain ineligible for vaccines and eligibility for 12- to 15-year-olds was just announced this week. As a result, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year (last teacher contact day), masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus. 

As previously announced, proms, graduations and other end-of-year celebrations should continue to follow the Stay Safe - Entertainment Venue guidance. This guidance will continue to be updated.

We are making great progress in our fight against COVID-19, but our school-age children have been significantly impacted by the virus in recent months, so we must continue to be diligent with health and safety practices through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and leadership,

Heather Mueller, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Education

 

Minnesota is currently experiencing high circulation of variants of COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) estimates that 60% of all COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are the B.1.1.7. variant, which is a new version of the virus that spreads more easily. The B.1.1.7 variant has caused a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, with many of them happening in school and youth sports and activities.

In order to slow the spread of the virus and continue in-person learning, Minnesota is providing free COVID-19 test kits for middle and high schools to offer on-site testing for our students. Beginning May 6th 2021, JCC Middle and High School will begin offering free COVID-19 testing for all students every other week on Tuesday.

Date and times of testing will be Tuesday May 6th and Tuesday May 20th. Testing will be available from 9-11:30 at the Middle schooland 12:00noon to 2pm testing will be available at the High school.  

For your student to take part in testing, you will need to sign and complete an acknowledgement form. A copy will also be sent home with your student or can be requested at our school’s front office. Also pre register your student on the Vault testing website prior to the test date and complete the consent on the Vault website as well.

You can pre register if you have not made an account on Vault yet,

 • Go to pre-registration URL

(http://vaulthealth.com/covid/start?var_c=onpre)

Be sure you select NO for the insurance question.

Additionally, as long as students don't have symptoms and have not been close to someone with COVID-19, they do not need to stay out of school, sports or activities while awaiting test results. Learn more about student COVID-19 testing.

The in-school COVID-19 testing program is intended to help identify those children who have COVID-19 even though they have no symptoms of illness so that we can prevent further spread of the virus. If students have symptoms, stay home and get a test from one of Minnesota's free community testing sites or through their health care provider.

If students are unable to take part in our on-site COVID-19 testing event, there are many other options to get tested at no cost: 

In-person or language line assistance is available at community testing sites. Some testing sites also have COVID Community Coordinators to help walk people through the testing process. Learn more on the COVID Community Coordinator page of the MDH website. 

Additionally, all youth in grades 6-12 who are participating in club or school sports are strongly encouraged to get tested at least once per week for COVID-19. Learn more on the Stay Safe Minnesota – Organized Sports webpage.

do not come to school with these symptoms

 

If someone in your home has COVID-19:

Stay home and away from others for 14 days.

When you live with someone who has COVID-19, you should quarantine during the time they might be contagious (their isolation period), as well as the time you could develop COVID-19. This may mean you need to quarantine for 24 days or more.

Your 14-day quarantine period starts the day after the person you live with completes their isolation period.

This is usually:

  • 10 days from the day their symptoms started.
  • If they didn't have symptoms, 10 days from the day they got tested.

If multiple people in your home have COVID-19, your 14-day quarantine period starts after the last person has completed their isolation.

How long to stay home provides more information about isolation for people who have COVID-19.

Regarding the CDC quarantine guidelines:

MDH decision tree

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/close.html

Current learning model:

Jan. 19 7th-12th will change to all in-person

Wednesdays will still be a noon dismissal

Please see updates tab to the left for more details.

If you are currently full distance learning and want to change, contact your Principal!

 

12/7/2020 Quarantine recommendations:

If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19 (an exposure), you need to stay home and away from others (quarantine). COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you need to separate yourself from others so you don't spread the virus without knowing it.

The safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days. In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test result.

You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason.

Some work settings, like health care, have different rules about quarantine. Check with your employer.

You should stay away from others for 14 days if:

  • Someone in your home has COVID-19.
  • You live in a building with other people, where it's hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

You may consider being around others after 10 days if:

  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it's hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after 10 days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

You may consider being around others after seven days only if:

  • You get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, and the test is negative.
  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it's hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after seven days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason.

More information about these updated recommendations is available at:

 

Free Test at Home: Minnesota is proud to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who wants to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html (You order this test, it is overnighted and you spit in it during a tele conference/web doctor visit and return it overnighted. It still take 3-5 days for results from start to finish. Here is a link to the full press release: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMDH/bulletins/2ac2ff7 (updated 11/16/2020)

 

What to do if you are waiting test results - 

 https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/waiting.pdf

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