School District 622

District 622 Update 8/12/21

Dear 622 Families,

Welcome to the new school year! We are excited to welcome our students back to full-time, in-person learning this year. In my message to families last week, I said I would update you regarding face masks as we begin the school year.


The Minnesota Departments of Education and Health recently released their best practice recommendations for the 2021-2022 school year. The guidance strongly recommends masking for all individuals inside school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.


Since our goal is to keep students in school full-time even as COVID case rates have increased in recent weeks for both Washington and Ramsey counties, we are updating our face mask and quarantine requirements. Effective next Thursday, August 19, 2021, the following requirements will be in place within all District 622 buildings.


Face masks

  • Required for preschool students and older, regardless of vaccination status

  • Required for staff when in the classroom, when around students/families, and in a large group when physical distancing cannot be met, regardless of vaccination status

  • Required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status

  • Required on all transportation (federal mandate)

  • Required for athletes when not in active participation or competition


Quarantine

  • Masked students do not need to quarantine if considered a close contact as long as they do not have any symptoms.

  • Masked staff do not need to quarantine if considered a close contact as long as they are vaccinated and do not have any symptoms.


Requiring all students and staff to wear face masks while indoors gives us the greatest ability to allow students to continue receiving full-time in-person instruction. When a positive case is confirmed, a general notification letter will be sent to the families of any students in proximity to the positive case. Families will have the option to have their child stay home as a precaution AND be asked to notify the school if their child is experiencing any symptoms.


As a reminder, people 12 years of age and older are eligible to be vaccinated. If you’re looking for a vaccine, we are hosting a COVID-19 clinic in partnership with Washington County on Wednesday, August 18, from 11 AM - 1 PM at Tartan High School. No insurance is needed, and walk-ins are welcome.


We will continue to monitor the data both within our school district and in surrounding areas. With increased vaccinations, I am hopeful that we will begin to see a decline in COVID case rates again soon. For now, we will continue to do everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID in our schools. Thank you for your continued support as we approach the start of our school year.


Warm Regards,


Christine Tucci Osorio
Superintendent