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.
Important Health Reminders:
- While the CDC has provided guidance for a shortened quarantine period, the MN Department of Health, Carver County Public Health, and our Regional Support Team continue to recommend the 14-day quarantine period as the best way to prevent the spread of the virus. Our district will continue to follow the 14-day quarantine period for those deemed "close contacts" of a positive case.
- Students must wear their masks at all times except when eating their lunches or during organized mask breaks that include social distancing. The updated guidance from the MN Departments of Education and Health now require masks to be worn during physical education and recess, which is a change from the fall. If your child has a medical exemption, please contact your school nurse.
- Please pack extra masks for your child for gym and recess. They often become wet during the day with colder weather and warm breath. Wash masks often.
- Travel restrictions: We do not require quarantine after domestic travel. President Biden signed a new executive order last week requiring a negative COVID test within three days of travel to the U.S., and one week of quarantine after international travel. Anyone from our district who is traveling internationally will be required to stay home for ten days, or get tested 3 - 5 days after travel AND stay home for seven days after travel, even if the test result is negative. The CDC guidance is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
- Parents are important to the screening process, and know their child best. If your child has any symptoms of illness, please keep them home and contact your school nurse. If anyone in your family is waiting for results of a COVID-19 test, please keep your child(ren) home until test results are received. Siblings of ill students should also be kept home while waiting for further instructions. Even minor symptoms could be a symptom of COVID-19. For example: “They just had a little cough”. In a typical year they would still come to school for a little cough. With the pandemic, they should be evaluated for the same symptom. Many symptoms of COVID-19 are consistent with other common illnesses like colds, influenza, strep, stomach bugs. MDH Decision Tree
- “Rapid” (antigen) tests are not as accurate. When getting tested, please look for a PCR (nasal or saliva) test. There are numerous testing locations or you can order one to your home.
- Please continue to contact the school nurse if your child has been exposed or tested positive during distance learning. The better our local data, the better informed our learning plans. This information can also be helpful in determining if a student needs to quarantine based on other exposures.
- 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?
- Who has to wear face coverings in our schools?
- 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?
- What personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for students and staff?
- What changes are being made to the health and safety practices based on the updated Safe Return to Learn Plan?