Safe Learning Plan

Eastern Carver County Schools takes the health and safety of its students and staff seriously. Barring any changes in guidance from state and federal health agencies, the following outlines how ECCS is navigating the 2022-23 school year with regard to COVID-19.  Layered protection strategies, including regular cleaning, reinforced hand washing and other hygiene practices, will continue to be used in buildings to reduce the risk of transmission. 

ECCS will continue to monitor classroom, building, and district levels closely throughout the year.  Should COVID-19 cases increase, additional measures may be needed to protect the health and safety of our school and broader communities.

2022-2023 Safe Learning Plan COVID Protocols (effective Aug. 15, 2022)

Health Information

  • Any individual who is not feeling well should remain home.

  • Positive cases should be reported to the building nurse.

  • Individuals who are 24-hours fever free and have improved symptoms and feel well enough to return may resume normal activities.

  • Masks are not required but highly encouraged when returning to school following a positive case.

  • Plexi shields will continue to be used in front offices, and recommended for small instructional spaces.

ECCS continues to monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and MN Department of Health (MDH) guidance and recommendations.  Current CDC recommendations include:

  • staying up to date with vaccinations

  • testing when symptomatic 

  • isolating for five days for those who test positive

  • wearing a well-fitted mask at high COVID-19 community level

Communication and Reporting

  • District data will continue to be analyzed for trends by the district COVID team.

  • The district will report the number of student and staff cases on a weekly basis to MDH.

  • There will be no public-facing district dashboard.

  • There will be no contact tracing, close contact notification, or quarantining of close contacts. The exception would be in the case of elementary classrooms where there is an outbreak of three or more cases, or building numbers rise above a 5% infection rate.

MN State High School League (MSHSL) Guidelines

Because we are governed by the League, students participating in MSHSL-sanctioned athletics or activities are required to do the following if they test positive for COVID-19:

  • No participation in practice or play from days 0-5. Day zero is the first day of symptoms or positive test.

  • Students may return to practice or play on day 6 but must mask on days 6-10, unless they have a negative antigen test.

  • MSHSL Covid Participation Requirements (Positive Case)