Health and safety of students and staff is at the forefront of our work, and Lincoln Elementary continues to utilize the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Staying Home When Sick
Staff and Students must stay home if:
- They have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms, until they meet criteria for return (Decision Tree).
- They have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, until they meet criteria for return.
All students and staff who will be learning/working in person will get their temperature checked prior going to class.
Personal Protective Equipment
- All students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and staff are required to wear face coverings per the Emergency Executive Order 20-81.
- It is not mandatory for preschool students to wear a face mask.
- Types of allowable face coverings:
- Paper/disposable mask
- Cloth face mask
- Religious face covering
- The covering should cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear.
- Face masks should not be worn if it has a valve or other openings.
- Face masks may be temporarily removed in the following situations:
- Engaging in indoor physical activity (gym and recess)
- Eating or drinking.
- If a student forgets his/her face mask, the school will provide the student with a disposable mask.
- The state has provided each student and staff member with a cloth face mask and three disposable face masks.
- Each staff member will be provided with two face shields. The school and the state purchased one for each staff member.
Handwashing & Hygiene
- Students and staff will be educated on and reminded of proper prevention techniques, including:
- Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throwing used tissues in the trash and washing hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Any time students and staff are in school buildings, they are expected to abide by all social distancing requirements, as outlined by MDH.
- In the hybrid learning model, all students and staff are expected to maintain a 6-foot social distance between each other. In the in-person learning model, students and staff will maintain as much space as is feasible during the day.
- Students will be cohorted in smaller groups whenever possible to limit mixing.
- Students are expected to go directly to their classrooms or cafeteria for breakfast upon arriving at school and avoid congregating in hallways throughout the day.
- Students and staff should pay attention to all social distancing signs, wall markings and reminders.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for all people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and for asymptomatic people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
In the event of a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will work with Lincoln Elementary to conduct a case investigation to determine whether any exposures may have occurred in the school setting. Lincoln Elementary will assist MDH in determining when the person first developed symptoms, what date they were tested, and when they last attended school.
MDH considers the infectious period to begin 48 hours prior to symptoms developing in a symptomatic individual or on the test date for an asymptomatic individual. In order to evaluate the case and determine next steps, the MDH case investigation team will consider several details, such as how long the person was on-site while potentially infectious, who the person came in contact with, and the level of interaction the person had with others.
Lincoln Elementary will notify all identified close contacts of their exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with state and federal law.
Quarantine of Close Contacts
Lincoln Elementary will follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for determining when exposed students and staff members may return to school.
- Close Contacts with no further contact with the infected person and who do not develop symptoms themselves may return after 14 days from the last contact with the infected person.
- Close Contacts who have continued exposure to the infected person do not begin their 14 day quarantine until the infected person is no longer contagious (10 or more days). These Close Contacts may return after a minimum of 24 days (10 days or more of illness + 14 days of quarantine) if no symptoms develop in the close contact.
- If a Close Contact develops symptoms, they begin the 10+ period of isolation.
Lincoln Elementary will follow the Minnesota Department of Health’s Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms to determine when a student, staff member, or household member must stay home and when they may return to school. It is important to know the two types of symptoms:
- More Common: fever greater than/equal to 100.4F; new onset and/or worsening cough; difficulty breathing; new loss of taste or smell
- Less Common: sore throat; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; chills; muscle pain; excessive fatigue; new onest of severe headache; new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose
Students/staff members with NO symptoms but a positive COVID-19 test are required to stay home for at least 10 days from the date of the positive test.
Students/staff members are required to quarantine (stay home while healthy) for 14 days from the date of last contact with someone who tests positive for COVID.
Students/staff members with only ONE of the following symptoms (and who do not develop a second symptom) are required to stay home until the symptom resolves and are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19:
- Excessive fatigue
- New onset of severe headache
- New onset of nasal congestion or runny nose
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, or nausea)
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- World Health Organization
- How to Protect Yourself/CDC
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