The Boeckman Buzz Special Edition
April 11, 2021
Farmington Area Public Schools Face Covering Procedures
Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families
MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.
Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families to families to encourage testing. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Attendance Line: 651-460-1405
All families must complete a Daily Health Screening prior to sending learners to school. If your learner has ANYof the following more common COVID-19 symptoms they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:
- Fever of 100 or higher (daily home temperature check required)
- Without the use of fever reducing medications
- New onset or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
If your learner has ANY TWO or MORE of the less Common COVID-19 symptoms, they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore Throat
- Excessive fatigue
- New onset of severe headache
- New onset nasal congestion or runny nose
In either of these cases, any other learners in the same household must remain at home as well and cannot attend any activities, until it can be confirmed the symptoms are not COVID-19 related or a medical professional can provide an alternative diagnosis. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate, the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return according to Minnesota Department Health (MDH) guidance.
If your learner has had a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, they (and any learners in the household) cannot attend school or any activities until the building nurse or building administrator has verified they are medically cleared to return. Please see the linked resource for additional information from MDH regarding What to do While You Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return.
Linked is the MDH Decision Tree that schools and youth programs will use to determine who will need to quarantine or isolate depending on the given circumstances. It also indicates when a person in quarantine or isolation may return to school or activities. As you can see in the Decision Tree, if a learner is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms any other learner(s) living in the same household will be sent home too.
As outlined in the most recent MDH Guidance, if a learner is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case:
- A 14-day quarantine remains the CDC’s recommendation for the greatest protection against COVID-19 and is required for household close contact and close contacts associated with athletics. Household and athletic close contacts cannot test out of quarantine.
- A 10-day quarantine may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms.
- A 7-day quarantine with a negative PCR test on or after day 5 may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms upon request. You can reach out directly to your school for additional information on shortened quarantine periods.
Meeting Dates and Times
Tuesday, April 13th @ 6:30 pm (meet.google.com/kii-otcq-tnn)
At the April meeting, we are going to be planning for Staff Appreciation week in May. We would like anyone interested in being part of that celebration to join us on April 13th.
- Personalization that honors the uniqueness of each learner
- Mistakes and reflection as essential components of learning
- Openness to new ideas and innovation
- Safe environments that support a growth mindset
- Partnering with the community to champion our learners