Roseville Area Schools is responding to COVID-19
Minnesota—like the rest of the U.S. and world—is experiencing a pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation with significant implications for Minnesota schools. Visit this page regularly for updates by typing isd623.org/covid19 in your browser.
Governor Tim Walz has announced that all Minnesota public schools will implement a distance learning period beginning on March 30, 2020, until at least April 30, 2020. Read Executive Order 20-19. The governor previously ordered all Minnesota public schools closed from March 18 through March 27 to allow schools to develop distancing learning plans, which began on March 30, 2020.
This webpage has information on a number of topics about our schools and COVID-19, including:
- Free emergency child care for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, children of educators and other emergency workers.
- Free meals during school closure for any student ages 18 and under.
- Distance learning plans to continue educating our students during the school closure.
- Facts about COVID-19 in Minnesota.
- Mental health resources available during this challenging time.
- Messages previously sent to families about COVID-19.
We understand that closing schools causes strain, stress and inconvenience in our community. Public health officials tell us that as a state and country, we're moving from a containment phase to a community mitigation phase. Implementing strategies to slow transmission is done to protect individuals at increased risk and to support healthcare and critical infrastructure workforces.
Emergency child care
We are providing child care for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, children of educators and other emergency workers to ensure Minnesota’s first line of defense against COVID-19 can stay on the job. If you are a healthcare or emergency worker or district staff needing to sign up for care, we are offering child care at two sites:
- Central Park child care: for students who attend and/or live in Central Park, Parkview and Emmet D. Williams attendance areas; and for staff who work at Central Park, Parkview, Emmet D. Williams and RAHS. Register or call: 651-481-0745.
- Little Canada child care: for students who attend and/or live in Little Canada, Edgerton and Harambee attendance areas; and for staff who work at Little Canada, Edgerton, Harambee and RAMS. Register or call: 651-482-0420.
Please note that district buildings will not be open on Friday, April 10. No emergency child care will be available on April 10.
If you have questions about child care that are not answered in those links, please call 651-604-3500.
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Free meals during school closure
Access this information in Spanish, Karen, Amharic, Somali, Hmong, Nepali and Oromo.
We are providing an option for breakfast and lunch available to students at three pick up sites, and distributed at numerous locations throughout the district on our largest volume bus routes. We are providing meals at no cost to all children 18 and under. We are not requiring student identification.
Meals can be picked up curbside between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at these three school locations:
- Brimhall Elementary, 1744 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55113
- Central Park Elementary, 535 County Road B2 West, Roseville, MN 55113
- Little Canada Elementary, 400 Eli Road, Little Canada, MN 55117
We have more than 20 additional meal pick-up locations along our highest-need bus routes. To find out when and where to pick up meals in the community, and to find local businesses offering free meals, visit the Roseville Food Map.
Please note that district buildings will not be open on Friday, April 10. We will provide students with two breakfasts and lunches on Thursday, April 9 instead.
If you are in need of food for your children and unable to pick up at these locations or bus stops, please fill out this survey and we will help make sure you have food access. Home deliveries of meals will begin Friday, March 20, and meals will be delivered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Each delivery and pick up will include two meals as well as the option for additional shelf-stable food provided by our partners at The Sheridan Story as well as through generous community donations.
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Following Governor Walz's executive order, we began distance learning on Monday, March 30 and continuing through at least May 4, 2020. Students should be prepared to return to schools in person on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
Distance-learning plans for each of our schools are available:
Does your family need internet access?
We always have learning resources available on our website for students in prekindergarten through sixth grade. With public libraries closed, we have a Library Resources website that offers ways for students to continue using the library while at home. These resources are not part of the district's distance learning plan.
Technology and learning materials
We have been collecting information about which students in pre-K through grade 12 do not currently have internet access or a device such as an iPad, desktop computer, laptop, etc. If you need internet access and/or a device, please complete this survey as soon as possible. Staff is reaching out to families who have not yet completed this survey.
School will send information about how and when families can pick up or receive paper/pencil learning materials or devices for distance learning.
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Know the facts about COVID-19 in Minnesota
We want to ensure that this health risk does not stigmatize or isolate certain populations of students and families based on discriminatory beliefs. COVID-19 is not connected to any race, ethnicity or nationality. Discrimination and stigmas will not fight this illness. Please follow these links for the latest accurate information about COVID-19.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Practice good hygiene habits to avoid the spread of illness and to help keep you and your family healthy:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Be critical of what you read online
Remember that during times like these, social media can become a space where facts are difficult to separate from rumors and misinformation. Please be critical of information you may hear that does not come from a trusted official source, like the district itself or state agencies. We remain committed to keeping families and staff up-to-date with accurate and timely information as often as possible during these rapidly changing and unprecedented times.
Talking to students about COVID-19
The National Association of School Psychologists has published Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource. It contains excellent information for families. National Public Radio has published a child-friendly comic that answers what experts believe children may want to know about the new coronavirus and COVID-19. It may help decrease students’ concerns and worries about the virus.
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Mental health resources
This is a difficult time for students, families and staff. There are resources available. If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room. If you have an urgent mental health message and you want to talk with someone, but it is not an emergency, please call one of the Ramsey County Mental Health resources below. If you are not a Ramsey County resident, Ramsey County will direct you to your county mental health agencies and provide contact information.
- Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900
- Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878
In addition, if you are looking for COVID-19 resources, you can contact the COVID-19 Hotlines:
- School, childcare and business questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.
- Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.
Previous messages to families
We know that we've sent more messages to families than is typical. If you are looking for something we've previously said about our schools and COVID-19, below is a link to each email on the topic we have sent. We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community. If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 3, 2020: COVID-19 update for families
- March 25, 2020: COVID-19 update for families
- March 20, 2020: COVID-19 update for families
- March 19, 2020: Reminder about free meals available to all students ages 18 and under [includes translations in Spanish, Hmong and Oromo]
- March 17, 2020: Important information about free meals during school closure
- March 15, 2020: March 15 - Update for families about COVID-19
- March 13, 2020: Extending spring break to plan for COVID-19
- March 13, 2020: Update for families about COVID-19 and Roseville Area Schools
- March 6, 2020: Update about COVID-19 and the coronavirus
- February 28, 2020: Information for families and staff about COVID-19 and the coronavirus
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