The COVID-19 pandemic has put us into uncharted territory.  As health care professionals continue to work on better treatment and a vaccine, we must work together to lower the risk of exposure and supporting the health and well-being of our entire district community, while still educating and supporting our students.

Our classrooms will look and feel different this fall, and so will our routines.  It will take time and constant positive reinforcement to establish these as our new norms.  If we are going to be successful – and operate some form of in-person learning throughout the year – we will need our community’s help. 

We continue to learn about COVID-19, and as the science changes our responses may need to change as well. We may find ourselves adopting new strategies or measures – and quickly having to revise our plans. Flexibility is key as we try to contain the spread of COVID-19.  We are in this together, and working in partnership we will respond and address changes as needed to support our learners in a safe and healthy environment.  

Our plan has been developed using recommendations from: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) | MN Department of Health (MDH) | Carver County Public Health

Information & Resources: How COVID Spreads | Protect Yourself

What communication can I expect if a positive Covid-19 case is reported in the district, or in my school?

That’s a complicated question, and the answer, unfortunately, is it depends. There are several federal and state laws that protect privacy, especially around medical information.  Our district is closely partnered with Carver County Public Health.  When notified of a positive or suspected positive case, the district works in collaboration to determine who might have a risk of exposure.  Those individuals are notified and, depending on the circumstances, quarantine may be needed. 

It is important that no information is shared that could be used to identify individuals.  At the county level, they don’t report case numbers if they are less than 10.  What we can assure is that if our health experts determine there is a risk to an individual, a classroom, a bus, or a building, we will work quickly to inform those impacted. Our Buildings and Grounds team is also always at the ready to do a deep clean of any spaces that might have been exposed.

The best thing we can all do is to continue to be vigilant about wearing a mask, social distancing where possible, washing hands, and doing everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

  • Monitor your child for illness. Use this checklist as a guide for symptoms to look for each day.  
  • If your child is sick, please keep them home.  
  • If you are waiting on test results, please keep them home. 

The Return To Learn Website has more information about steps in place to keep our school communities safe and healthy.  There’s also a new Data Dashboard that provides an up-to-date picture of Carver County’s numbers. If you have any questions, contact your building nurse.

Who has to wear face coverings in our schools?

Beginning July 25, 2020, people in Minnesota are required to wear a cloth face covering at all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, this includes all of our schools. All staff and students (kindergarten and up) are expected to wear a face covering unless an accommodation is requested through an IEP or documented medical exception.
Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a neck gaiter, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth. Any mask that incorporates a valve is insufficient.

There are many types, styles, and fits of facial coverings – we recommend students and staff try different options to find the best fit for each person.

Student Mask Guide

Additional resources regarding facial coverings

When should I keep my child home from school?

Parents or caregivers are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day using the checklist below. Students who are sick should not attend school in-person. Additional information about when to keep a child home from school.

Will ECCS conduct daily health screenings?

No, the CDC does not currently recommend universal symptom screenings (screening all students grades K-12) be conducted by schools. Parents or caregivers are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day. Students who are sick should not attend school in-person. Additional information about when to keep a child home from school (English) | Spanish Version | Somali Version

What steps are being taken to protect students and staff?

    • Improved ventilation/airflow in schools
    • Signage to promote social distancing
    • Frequent hand washing opportunities
    • Installation of hand sanitizer dispensers
    • Protective barriers in offices
    • Isolation rooms for sick children
    • Regular cleaning of high touch areas
    • Increased cleaning of buses

What personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for students and staff?