Families may have questions and concerns regarding the much-publicized coronavirus outbreak around the globe. To date, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports that there are no confirmed cases in the state of Minnesota, and the risk of COVID-19 for Minnesotans is low at this time.
Still, we understand that new viruses like this can be worrisome and it’s important to be prepared. We want you to know that District 191 in regular communication with MDH and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) about the situation. We will continue to collaborate with these agencies to support the health and safety of our students, staff and community, and to minimize any impact to learning in our schools.
In the event of an outbreak in our community, we would follow the advice and instructions of our public health partners. As always, our focus is to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and continue education with minimal disruption.
Again, our local and state health partners currently report that the risk of COVID-19 to our community is low. Regardless, during this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness and it’s an important reminder to practice good hygiene habits to stay healthy and avoid the spread of illness:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
It can be challenging knowing whether your child is too ill to go to school. A great resource for families is our Is My Child Too Sick For School? web page that outlines symptoms to consider when choosing to stay home.
Anyone planning to travel internationally should review travel recommendations posted on CDC's Travel Health Notices, and keep an eye on the news for updates on this evolving situation.
If you have additional questions about COVID-19, we encourage you to view the Coronavirus information on the MDH website.
We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community.