Governor Walz announced that he plans to sign an executive order lifting the mask mandate on May 14. We know many parents and community members are wondering if that means a shift in practice for students and staff in our district, and districts statewide.
The district received the following update from MN Department of Education Commissioner Heather Mueller:
The CDC has not yet provided clear guidance for school settings, but has stated that they expect to update guidance for children in school and summer camps soon. Additionally, our youngest Minnesotans remain ineligible for vaccines and eligibility for 12- to 15-year-olds was just announced this week. As a result, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year (last teacher contact day), masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus.
For the moment, and until we are given different guidance, our COVID-19 protocols remain in effect in our school buildings. That means that students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will continue to wear face coverings indoors through the remainder of the school year. Should that guidance change we will update our protocols and inform families as soon as we are able.