Fall 2021 Plans During COVID-19
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Students learn best when they are learning in person, and we are looking forward to starting the 2021 - 2022 school year with all grades attending school in-person five days a week.
Roseville Area Schools will continue to use guidance from public health officials and organizations in approaching the COVID-19 pandemic, including Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Schools and Child Care Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond. We will also closely monitor community case rates of COVID-19 and community vaccination rates in our safe learning plan decisions. Although the recommendations specify K-12 guidance, we will will extend these recommendations to include all services offered birth to age 21.
Masks will be required for all students and staff when indoors and on buses, regardless of vaccination status, at the start of the 2021 - 2022 school year. Universal masking is just one of several strategies for keeping students healthy, safe and learning in school. Beginning this school year, students wearing masks will not need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19, and may continue coming to school (based on close contact guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC). Masks are a part of layered mitigation to reduce transmission between staff and students. Masks do not need to be worn outdoors.
Some strategies from last school year are no longer in place, such as cohorts and the hybrid (or blended learning) models, but many good strategies will continue for 2021 - 2022, all in an effort to reduce transmission and to keep students in school.
Along with public health experts, we strongly encourage vaccinations for all people 12 years and older, and for younger students as soon as recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health. Getting students vaccinated will help protect those who are not yet able to be vaccinated, like younger siblings. Minnesota's Vaccine Connector will help you find a location to access a vaccine and answer questions you may have about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit our Health and Safety Information page for additional details about our strategies to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools. On our Frequently Asked Questions page, you will find answers to common questions families have about our safety mitigation efforts, about cleaning and ventilation of our schools, safety on transportation, nutrition and more.
Students, families and staff must check for symptoms at home before entering a school building. We require everyone to complete a daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms using the Daily Screening at Home Checklist. You must pass the daily screen to enter a school building. Everyone who enters a school building should not have symptoms related to COVID-19 and the screening tool explains exactly what symptoms to check for. Anyone who has had a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test, or who was in lose contact as defined by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) must stay home. This checklist will help you decide each day if you need to stay home or if you can enter a school building.