Reopening Schools During COVID-19

Latest updates on COVID-19 in Roseville Area Schools

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About our plan to reopen

In December 2020, Governor Walz released new guidance for when and how schools are able to return to in-person learning. The state's updated Safe Learning Plan allows us to begin transitioning our youngest students back to in-person learning with new guidelines on how to keep students and staff safe and healthy. The guidance recognizes the greater information scientists and public health experts now have about COVID-19 and its transmissibility among children and adults. Infection rates in Ramsey County and in our community have fallen dramatically in recent weeks. Find the latest rates on our COVID-19 Dashboard

Creating this plan was a collaborative effort that included input from families through our Roadmap to Return Advisory Committee, as well as the participation of staff. Even with safety measures in place, we know that some families will prefer to remain in full-time distance learning, and that option will remain available for the entire school year. Families with students in elementary grades will receive messages in the coming days from their students' school(s) indicating whether you had previously intended for your student to continue in the Distance Learning Academy, or if you wanted your student to transition to in-person learning. Please watch for communications and instructions on how to change your preference, should you desire to do so.

Staged reopening of schools for early learning and elementary grades begins Jan. 26, secondary grades in Trimester 3

Elementary students began a phased transition to in-person learning four days per week on Jan. 26, attending in-person Monday through Thursday with the asynchronous learning day from home will shift from Wednesdays to Fridays all grade levels district-wide. After spring break, elementary grades will transition to five-days a week in person, with the length of the school day shortened by 30 minutes to allow for teacher planning, and secondary grades begin transitioning to blended learning. 

There will be three non-school days in advance of each group returning, to allow teachers to plan and prepare their classrooms.

Download our Blended and Distance Learning Handbook for Secondary Grades, updated January 29, 2021.

The phased transition will follow this schedule:

Date Description
Jan. 19: In-person special education services begin for some students with significant needs at E.D. Williams and Parkview (E/BD).
Jan 20 – 22:                                   Grades K – 1 transition days (no in-school or distance learning for K – 1; grades 2 – 6 remain in distance learning on these days).
Jan. 25:

No school grades K – 8, Teacher Workshop Day.

In-person special education services begin for some secondary students with significant needs at RAHS.

Jan. 26:

Grades K – 1 shift to in-person learning four days per week (Monday – Thursday), with Fridays at home (asynchronous).

In-person special education services begin for some students with significant needs at Parkview (DCD) and RAMS.

District-wide, the asynchronous learning day from home will shift from Wednesdays to Fridays for all grade levels. 

Feb. 1: Early Childhood Special Education begins in-person. 
Feb. 3 – 5:

Pre-K and grades 2 – 4 transition days (no in-school or distance learning for pre-K and grades 2 – 4; grades 5 – 6 remain in distance learning on these days). 

Feb. 8:

Pre-K and grades 2 – 4 begin in-person learning four days per week (Monday – Thursday) 

Feb. 9 – 11:

Harambee grades 5 – 6 transition days (no in-school or distance learning for Harambee grades 5 – 6).

Feb. 17 – 19:

Grades 5 – 6 transition days (no in-school or distance learning for grades 5 – 6) except for Harambee (on intersession). 

Feb. 22:

Grades 5 – 6 begin in-person learning four days per week (Monday – Thursday) with Fridays at home (asynchronous), except for Harambee (on intersession). 

Feb. 26 & March 3 – 4: Parkview and RAMS grades 7 – 8 transition days (no in-school or distance learning).
March 2 – 4: RAHS grades 9 – 12 transition days (no in-school or distance learning).
March 8:

Harambee grades 5 – 6 begin in-person learning four days per week (Monday – Thursday) with Fridays at home (asynchronous).

March 15:

Grades K – 6 in-person learning switches to five days per week, with school-day shortened by 30 minutes. 

Grades 7 – 9 at Parkview, RAMS and RAHS begin blended learning, two days a week in-person (either Monday – Tuesday or Wednesday – Thursday) and three days at home, with Fridays asynchronous.

March 15 – 17: FAHS grades 10 – 12 transition days (no in-school or distance learning).
March 22:

RAHS Grades 10 – 12 begin blended learning, two days a week in-person (either Monday – Tuesday or Wednesday – Thursday) and three days at home, with Fridays asynchronous.

FAHS: Grades 10-12 begin blended learning, one day a week in-person (either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) and four days at home, with Fridays asynchronous.

[Note: this was previously announced to happen on March 29. The new date is March 22.]

April 19: Second spring opportunity date for elementary students to transition from Distance Learning Academy to in-person learning (must notify schools by April 1, availability dependent on having adequate space and staffing to accommodate additional students in-person). 

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Health and Safety Measures

The Minnesota Department of Education also released new safety protocols for students and staff learning and teaching in-person, including:

  • Requiring masks for students at all times indoors (except while eating), including during indoor physical education (PE) and recess. Masks will not be required during outdoor PE and recess.  
  • Requiring that students maintain a three-foot distance from each other at all times (for secondary grades in blended learning, there will be a six-foot separation between students).
  • Requiring staff to wear masks at all times and strongly recommending face shields at all times while working in-person with students, while maintaining a six-foot distance from students and other adults.
  • Requiring that elementary students remain in their classroom for some specialist lessons, depending upon the specific building facilities. Students may leave their classroom for recess and PE in a gym or outside. Additionally, the guidance allows for lunch and breakfast to be served in the cafeteria with social distancing in place. This may look different from school to school.
  • Making on-site COVID-19 testing available every two weeks for teachers and staff who work directly with students.  

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Use the Daily Screening at Home Checklist

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. The Daily Screening at Home Checklist is available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Hmong, Karen, Nepali, Oromo, Simple Chinese and Somali.

MDH developed specific guidelines on symptoms based on what has been learned about COVID-19 in the past several months. The goal is to reduce the spread of the virus. When people with symptoms stay home and follow isolation/quarantine guidelines, our schools are safer places for everyone. 

The Daily Screening at Home Checklist must be done everyday by everyone before entering a school building. 

If you do not pass the daily screen, please stay home. 

Thank you for working together to keep our schools safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Please refer to the FAQ linked to the left. If you have additional questions, please send them to reopening@isd623.org

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Messages to families

It's hard to keep track of all the emails. Here is a running log of messages related to reopening schools this fall.

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