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 plans to start the 2021-22 school year.
The district is taking a tiered intervention approach to its COVID-19 protocols. 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 monitor classroom, building, district, county, and state levels closely throughout the year as part of its decision-making process in addition to regular communication with local and state health partners. Should COVID-19 cases increase, additional measures, including requiring masks, may need to be taken to protect the health and safety of our school and broader communities.
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Fall Safe Learning Plan COVID Protocols
There will be no minimum distance requirement.
To the greatest extent possible, students will remain in smaller groups without inter-mixing with other groups of students.
Lunch will return to cafeterias in all buildings.
Where possible, buildings will try to maintain 3 feet of distance while at lunch.
Elementary students will have assigned seats to support contact tracing.
Lockers/ Locker Rooms
Middle and high school students will be assigned and have access to lockers.
Students will be allowed to use the locker room.
To the greatest extent possible, time in the locker room will be limited.
Visitors in Buildings
Stay home when sick
Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
Students or staff who become ill with COVID-like symptoms while in school will be sent home.
The district will follow the ECCS COVID-19 decision tree for those who have COVID-like symptoms.
The district will continue to contact trace when a positive case is identified in a building to identify close contacts.
Close contacts include anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must stay home for 10 days from the start of symptoms or from test date if asymptomatic.
- Anyone with a positive case in the household must isolate themselves from the positive person and remain home for 10 days.
- Students identified as close contacts will receive more detailed information about quarantine options available, but generally speaking unvaccinated students who are close contacts will have the option to:
- Quarantine for 10 days
- Return after 7 days with a negative lab confirmed test taken at least five days after exposure (as long as they do not have a household contact who has COVID-19)
- Remain in school but wear an approved face/mask covering for the duration of the 10-day quarantine period (only if no symptoms are present)
Fully vaccinated students and staff and those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days are NOT required to quarantine when exposed.
An important NEW exception for K-12 students: Per MDH and CDC guidelines, students in an indoor classroom setting who are BOTH wearing masks will not be considered close contacts and thus not required to quarantine.
Other Mitigation Strategies
Classrooms will continue to encourage hand washing and respiratory etiquette to minimize the spread of any infectious illness.
The deep cleaning protocols, increased ventilation, and air filtration system used in buildings last year remain in place.
Plexiglass will remain in front offices and other public-facing spaces to reduce risk of transmission.
Plexiglass will be available in classrooms for one-on-one interactions as needed.
We’re in this together. Please do what you can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.