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.
How will we handle COVID cases in our schools?
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?
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.
When should I keep my child home from school?
Will ECCS conduct daily health screenings?
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