Reopening Schools During COVID-19
Safely reopening schools during COVID-19
We are pleased to be able to welcome students and staff back into our school buildings. The health and safety of everyone in our community our shared responsibility. In addition to all the healthy practices we have done for years, in this time of COVID-19, there are additional actions we all need to do to maximize safety in our schools.
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.
Transitioning to blended learning
Roseville Area Schools began the school year with distance learning for all grades. On September 22, the school board approved a plan for a staged transition from distance learning to blended learning. We welcomed kindergarten and first-grade students into blended learning on October 12. The proposed second stage includes ECSE, pre-K, second and third grade transitioning on October 26, and grades 4-6 on November 9. The final stage would transition students in the secondary grades beginning the first day of the second trimester, December 7. We are aware that positive cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County are on the rise, and it is entirely possible that the plan to transition to blended learning will be impacted by changing health conditions in our community.
Families who do not want their students to transition to blended learning have the option to register for the Roseville Area Schools Distance Learning Academy, our 100% distance learning option. Again, all Roseville Area Schools families will be able to choose a full-time distance learning option for the entire 2020-2021 school year, if that is what is best for your family.
The proposed staged transition plan assumes and is contingent upon favorable health and safety conditions, such as a decrease or sustained low-levels of positive COVID-19 cases in Ramsey County, and an absence of other unforeseen negative circumstances. Should conditions improve significantly and a return to fully in-person learning becomes possible, these stages could be combined or accelerated.
We know that students and families have many questions about what to expect this fall with school, while our nation is amidst a global pandemic. Three important documents to refer to:
- Roseville Area Schools Blended Learning Handbook
- Roseville Area Schools Distance Learning Academy Handbook
- Secondary Roseville Blended and Distance Learning Handbook
Please also refer to the FAQ linked to the left. If you have additional questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- October 19, 2020: Grades 7-12 Registration for Blended and Distance Learning
- October 8, 2020: Important Updates for Roseville Area Schools Families
- September 22, 2020: School Board Approves Plan for Staged Transition to Blended Learning Scenario
- September 14, 2020: Register Now for Blended Learning or the Distance Learning Academy
- September 4, 2020: Starting School Next Week and Looking Ahead
- August 22, 2020: Fall 2020 Activities Update Under Distance Learning 2.0
- August 18, 2020: Board Decision on Starting School in Distance Learning
- August 14, 2020: Fall 2020 Reopening Update
- August 4, 2020: Family Distance Learning Survey and Clarification on Blended Learning
- July 31, 2020: State guidance and plans for fall 2020
- July 25, 2020: Update on Plans for Fall 2020
- June 22, 2020: Family Survey: Planning for Fall 2020 / Planificacion para el otoño del 2020
- June 12, 2020: After a difficult spring, looking ahead to fall