We are committed to providing updates and important information with families regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please know that we are actively preparing plans for any impact on our school community.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), five cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Minnesota. We are monitoring the situation closely in partnership with MDH and Dakota County Public Health.
MDH is not recommending any changes to school, events or extracurricular activities.
Our custodial staff do an excellent job keeping our schools clean for students and other staff, including using disinfectant spray as possible. These measures are helping to provide a healthy learning environment.
We also continue to monitor student absences closely.
For their own benefit and to prevent the spread of any illness, the most important preventative measure is that students and staff follow good health practices, including:
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Please keep your child(ren) home when they are sick.
Cover coughs or sneezes.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Athletics & Large Events
At this time, the Minnesota Department of Health is not recommending any changes or cancellations to athletics or other large gathering events. You can view the guidelines shared with coaches regarding athletics.
As of now, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has advised that students who need to stay at home due to recommendations for after-travel health precautions (i.e. students returning from high-risk areas including China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) can participate in “distance learning” to continue their education without attending school.
This is the only situation currently approved for this type of learning. It is always a parent’s decision whether to keep their child home from school, but our schools are open as normal and we are following our usual attendance practices.
We recognize that spring break is approaching for staff, students and families, March 23-27. If you are traveling for spring break, we ask you to consider the following:
Know that situations and conditions surrounding COVID-19 are dynamic and could change while you are traveling, which may complicate your return. Review the latest from CDC.
CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations in China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
While traveling, take steps to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus by practicing good hygiene.
If visiting a country with a COVID-19 outbreak and any family member feels sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please stay home, avoid contact with others and seek medical advice.
We will be posting this and other updates online at the District 191 COVID-19 update page.