For the 2021-2022 School Year, districts will be given more local control and COVID-19 responses will be based on community- and school-level data.
*Please note rapid tests are not currently available due to limited supplies. While we are hopeful this will change soon, families will need to obtain a test from their local health care provider. When the state announced that they were going to be supporting districts with testing and testing supplies, we started the process on our end, applied for the waivers, and procured the funding we needed. Unfortunately, the supply chain for tests has not kept up with the demand, and we are waiting on testing materials. We will communicate with families as soon as supplies are available in our schools.
In accordance with the guidance from the CDC, MDE, and MDH we strongly recommend that students and staff wear a face covering or mask while indoors at school regardless of vaccination status. Families who are concerned about COVID transmission will be supported if they choose to send their children to school with masks. For those who are concerned about transmission, they may also contact our schools to receive a surgical mask, which will offer a higher level of protection than cloth masks.
The Center for Disease Control has determined that masks are a requirement on mass transit, and as a result, students and staff will be required to wear masks on school buses.
If the virus starts to peak in a classroom, grade-level, or school, we will require masks in that space. Hopefully, masking requirements will only be necessary on a short term basis. If masking requirements do not control the spread in our buildings, we will move to a level that requires quarantines of close contacts. Please see the image on this page for our mitigation thresholds.
Other Mitigation Measures
We will continue to implement physical distancing where possible and encourage frequent handwashing and hygiene breaks throughout the school day.
Cases of COVID-19
All families should keep their child home when sick. If a student falls sick at school, a parent or guardian will be called to bring the child home. Families will have the option to have their child receive a rapid test for COVID-19 while at school. If negative the student may return to class provided the student is fever-free and symptoms are not disruptive.
No test will be administered without parent permission.
Schools will continue to report positive COVID-19 cases to public health officials.
Close Contact Notifications
We will track close contacts with known positives and will inform families when they occur.
Quarantines are not required unless the student has contact with a known positive in their household. If someone in your household is getting tested for COVID because they are symptomatic or were exposed, your student(s) should stay home until the results are verified. If the test is negative and the students are not ill or showing symptoms, they may return to school.
If a family member in the same household tests positive while a student is still at school, the student will be considered to have a probable case unless they are vaccinated. A parent or guardian will be called to pick up your child.
Students with a family member who has tested positive must be quarantined for 14 days from the last day of exposure unless they have been vaccinated.
If masking requirements do not slow the spread of the virus in our building, we will institute mitigation measures based on the level of spread in our buildings. Please see the image on this page for our mitigation thresholds.
ISD 318 recommends that all people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine get vaccinated. Increased vaccination rates will help limit the spread of the disease and reduce the need for mitigation measures. There is no requirement to obtain a vaccine.
Vaccination clinics will occasionally be offered at 318 schools. Information regarding the clinics will be made available under the COVID-19 tab on our website.
If a student is showing symptoms at school, we can offer a COVID-19 rapid test with parent permission. If a test is negative, the student would be able to return to class within 30 minutes provided the student is fever-free and symptoms are not disruptive.
We will also have the opportunity to take advantage of screening tests in order to track asymptomatic spread in our buildings. Again, these tests would not be administered without parent or guardian permission.
Visitors and Volunteers
Visitors and volunteers are welcome in our buildings. However, just as with students, we would ask that you stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms.