Questions About Masking in Schools this Fall

With the emergence of the Delta variant as the dominant strain of COVID-19 in our state and across the country, we have received many questions about our plans for health and safety precautions at the start of the 2021 - 2022 school year. At this time, there are too many unknowns to be able to answer this question definitively.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Roseville Area Schools has considered the health and safety of our students, staff and families to be our most important obligation. We have worked closely with county and state public health officials to ensure that our health and safety procedures are in line with guidelines set forth by trusted scientists and public health professionals. We will continue to work closely with those public health officials as we prepare for the 2021 - 2022 school year, and expect that there will be guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health on this topic. 

Beginning in July, the state’s guidance to school districts changed and masks are not currently required for summer learning, but are strongly encouraged, especially when working around unvaccinated children. With regard to this fall, we are not yet certain what measures will be required by the state. The rising COVID-19 cases in our state and the emergence of the Delta variant are concerning to all of us, and we anticipate there will be significant discussion around what precautions will be required in the fall.

Please continue to watch for messages from your student’s school or the district as we determine what health and safety measures will be in place this fall.