• General FAQ

    For more details visit ahschools.us/COVID-19.

     

    How will I know if school has been canceled?
    You would receive communication from us via the same channels we use when weather causes school or program closures -- email, text, phone, social media and websites.

     

    When does the 2019-20 school year end? 

    School will end as scheduled on Tuesday, June 9 for elementary, middle and high school students. 

     

    What about May 1 and May 4? 

    Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4, were directed through the state order to be professional development days with the goal of supporting the needs of teachers to improve and refine distance learning practices. No distance learning instruction will be held these days.

     

    What about summer school?

    The district is working with the Minnesota Department of Education on summer school programming and is currently reviewing options. Plans will be shared with families once finalized.

     

    What about summer Community Education programs?

    The safety of our community is our top priority. At this time, Community Education will not offer most summer programs for youth, adults and families. Visit discovercommunityed.com or ahschools.us/COVID-19_CommEd for specific program updates. 


    Community Education is currently offering programs via online platforms through Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), preschool classes, adult learning and adult basic education (ABE). We will continue to monitor guidance from the Minnesota departments of education (MDE) and health (MDH), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine if and how we can continue to offer limited online and/or outdoor programming over the summer months. 

     

    What about next school year, 2020-21?

    Currently, Anoka-Hennepin is planning for in-person learning to resume next fall. This situation could change depending on direction from the State of Minnesota. The district is monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with the Minnesota departments of health and education, with the goal to finalize and communicate the plan for the start of school by late summer. 


    Will students be held back or retained this fall, the 2020-21 school year?

    Students will be held harmless in this new learning structure. Holding students back, known as retention, will not be administered to any student solely because of their learning or work in trimester three of this school year.

     

    I haven’t registered my soon-to-be kindergartener for the 2020-21 school year. How do I go about doing that? 

    Kindergarten online registration is open for the 2020-21 school year.  


    Please utilize the registration information sent via U.S. mail and/or email. Families that have not received this information should reach out to acshelp@ahschools.us. Once these details are gathered, families can begin the registration process online at ahschools.us/enrollment


    Are all activities canceled? What about spring high school athletics and activities? 

    Cancelations continue to remain in effect for all before- and after-school activities as well as facility rentals.

     

    High school spring athletics and activities follow the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) guildelines, which now state that the remainder of the season has been canceled. This includes all participation in MSHSL events including, but not limited to, practices, tryouts, scrimmages, contests and competitions as well as postseason tournaments. Please continue to stay mentally and physically healthy. Participants are encouraged to continue their physical preparations, while adhering to social distancing protocols. 


    What about events such as prom, graduation and other end-of-the-year celebrations? 

    Future events must comply with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state guidance with regard to the number of participants and proximity. This includes all district-sponsored events including prom and commencement ceremonies along with facility rentals. Some events and recognitions have the ability to be conducted virtually using live streaming technology. Schools will share details once such events are finalized. 


    Anoka-Hennepin is truly aiming to provide the best possible completion to the school year for all students.  

      

    There are still belongings of mine at school, how do I get them?

    Each school will establish a time for picking up remaining personal belongings, including medication, later this spring. Please stay tuned to your regular school communications for further directions on this. 


    What about items lent from school, including Chromebooks, library books, athletic uniforms, etc.?

    The high schools will hold a school drop off event for all their school and cluster elementary and middle schools (similar to the Chromebook pick up). Please return any school items, such as Chromebooks, library books, athletic uniforms, or other items during this time. 


    Will fees be reimbursed? 

    Yes. The Anoka-Hennepin finance department is coordinating the refund of fees. Fees paid electronically will be reimbursed in that same fashion. Fees paid by check or cash will both be paid by check and sent to parent/guardians’ homes via U.S. mail. 

    • Meals: Unused lunch balances will remain in student accounts until utilized. If a refund is preferred, please reach out to the child nutrition department at staff.cnpenrollment@ahschools.us. A refund voucher is also available online. A special note, account balances can be donated to other accounts, e.g. a senior student giving their account balance to a sibling.
    • Athletics and activities: Due to complexities in athletic and activity fees, a plan for each activity is being developed and will be communicated when available.   
    • Parking permits: Multi-term permit holders will receive a partial refund of their fees and trimester three parking permits will be reimbursed in their entirety. 
    • Adventures Plus school-age care and Community Education classes: Community Education has been contacting participants individually since school and programs were canceled in March. Participants have been able to choose to receive credits on account or refunds. Credits on account may be applied to future classes or activities through June 2021, and would help to keep Community Education stable during this unprecedented time. Anoka-Hennepin Community Education values the relationships that we have built in our communities and hopes to continue to count on the support of our communities in the future. Families with Adventures Plus child care contracts for the 2019-20 school-year will be canceled automatically, and families will not be billed for care the remainder of the school year.

     

    Can students, families and community members utilize district facilities during distance learning? 

    District facilities are closed and cannot be rented at this time. 


    Any activity on school property is not district sanctioned or supervised, other than emergency child care, student meals, learning materials distribution and the operational support of these activities. 


    Playgrounds, specifically, are closed entirely to the public. 

     

    What about construction and maintenance projects?

    Vacant school buildings provide the opportunity to proceed with construction and maintenance projects across the district. Phase 2 Fit for the Future projects are underway at Andover High School and will begin ahead of schedule in other locations including Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science.

      

    Stay home if you are sick — but what does that mean?

    If you’re sick and exhibiting symptoms of a cold, such as a sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headache and body aches, the CDC suggests people stay home, and not go to work, school or daycare until symptoms have run their course. This means limiting exposure to others outside of your home in the community. In the event you have flu-like symptoms, such as a fever or chills beyond those of a common cold, the CDC suggests 72 hours after a fever with no fever reducing medications, and no sooner than seven days after the first symptom - whichever is longer.

     

    My child has symptoms but I’m not sure if it is COVID-19?
    If you have a question about your child’s health or your own, contact your primary care physician. School health staff cannot diagnose illnesses. If a student is sent home from school, parents/guardians should follow-up with their own primary physician as they see fit.

     

    Masks as a source of infection control now allowed as an option in schools

    Anoka-Hennepin staff and students will be allowed the option of wearing non medical grade or homemade masks on school property during the distance learning period. While science has not supported a protective value through wearing surgical or cloth masks, the district also respects actions taken by employees and students to ensure the safety of others. 


    Employees are expected to continue to follow recommendations of social distancing, hand washing, and staying home when ill. You should wash your hands before and after touching your mask. When the mask becomes wet it should be replaced. The wet mask should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and go home with the student or staff for washing before reuse. 


    Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remains unchanged and does not recommend medical grade masks for anyone other than those who are ill. The district will not be providing masks for people other than those that become ill at work or school. Please contact the site health service staff if you have questions about masks.

     

    How will the district monitor students who travel?
    School districts do not have the authority or the means to monitor the personal travel of students and families, or to restrict school attendance as a result of travel.


    We request that families be aware of, and comply with, the recommendations of the CDC with regard to travel abroad, particularly to countries with Level 3 Travel Health Notices. If families choose to travel to countries on the list, the CDC recommends a 14-day self-imposed quarantine. School districts do not have authority to impose or monitor quarantines for individual students or families, but request that families comply with these recommendations.

     

    What about school-sanctioned travel?
    The district has reviewed all trips in the months ahead using the travel recommendations and advisories by the CDC for guidance. 

      

    How can community members and organizations help?

    Thank you for your support of Anoka-Hennepin students, we appreciate your generosity. During this unprecedented time, we're leaning on our community for support - we're stronger together!

     

    At this time, the district is unable to accept food donations or to provide volunteer opportunities. However, here are some ways to support Anoka-Hennepin students:

     

    Financial support: The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by asking for donations to meet the emerging needs of students and staff. Your donations will give the capacity and flexibility to meet the not yet known (and not necessarily budgeted for) needs to ensure students and staff are able to effectively implement distance learning. Donate now at AHEF Agility Fund to keep kids connected, engaged and learning. 

               

    Providing time or items: Consider supporting a local organization currently working to meet the needs of our students and their families (district and community resources listed).

     

    I am hearing lots of rumors about …
    With COVID-19 at the top of the news every night, it's easy to get pulled into a state of panic. Guard against believing “what you hear” from unofficial sources, and from spreading rumors that most often are just that. Anoka-Hennepin Schools will provide information about developments that directly affect our schools, students and staff. Information shared will be based on fact and guidance from our county, state and federal public health partners.

  • Distance learning FAQ 

    What is considered to be a proper distance learning setup for Anoka-Hennepin schools?

    • Desktop or laptop device capable of running a current internet browser.
    • An iPad or other brand tablet. Any assignments that require extensive typing would benefit from a keyboard.
    • Internet access at speeds around 3Mbps (this is 3G speed on cellular, most other broadband services are faster than 3Mbps).
    • Camera - some assignments may require recording yourself speaking or demonstrating learning. If your computer does not have a camera, a phone's camera could be used as an alternative. Lastly, our Chromebooks do include a camera.
    • A Kindle or Nook is not recommended.

     

    How will grading be done for trimester three?

    Anoka-Hennepin aims to maximize student achievement during this distance learning time while also holding students harmless from a potential change in grade due to the new structure. The district is reviewing options and will communicate regarding the policy once proposals are finalized.

     

    In the meantime, school work will continue to be assessed.

     

    Will students be held back or retained this fall, the 2020-21 school year?

    Students will be held harmless in this new learning structure. Holding students back, known as retention, will not be administered to any student solely because of their learning or work in trimester three of this school year.

     

    What companies provide internet for those in need?

    A reliable connection to the internet is more important than ever in helping our students complete homework and succeed with their education. There are a variety of companies offering free or low-cost internet for families in need. They include:

     

    What if I need technology help?

    Below are some technology resources: 

     

    Please reach out to DLsupport@ahschools.us or one of the phone numbers listed for additional help.

  • Distance learning FAQ: Elementary school students and families

    What will a typical distance learning day look like for students?

    Elementary students have some flexibility with distance learning days. 


    Teachers will be communicating with families each school day by 9 a.m. They may be using any of the following platforms:

    • Google Classroom
    • Seesaw
    • Email
    • Other as indicated by the classroom teacher

     

    Your teacher will be sending specific information on which method will be used to post daily instruction and assignments.


    Students with packets of learning materials have assignments already provided. Please contact your teacher if you have questions about these resources.


    You may complete assignments  in any order because your teachers will not be teaching live! If there is a learning activity where the teacher wants you to log in at a specific time, they'll let you know in advance and/or record it so you can participate at a time that works best for you.

     

    How much time should each subject take?

    There is not a required amount of time for each subject. Your teacher/s will have more information about how long each activity is estimated to take for you to complete.

     

    What are my expectations as a student during distance learning?

    • Be active participants in the distance learning process.
    • Be responsive to daily interactions, complete assigned content
    • Ask for support and guidance from teachers and family support as needed.

     

    How do I login to Google Classroom or other apps?

    Here are a few links that might help:


    Are there rules I should follow when I’m online?

    Yes.  It is important to be respectful and appropriate in this virtual school environment.

     

    There may be opportunities to connect using video Google Meet to ask questions about content or practice problems.  When participating in a video Google Meet, please follow these guidelines:

    • Mute yourself when not speaking.
    • Be on time.
    • Ensure your technology works correctly.
    • Wear school-appropriate clothing.
    • Frame the camera correctly.
    • All appropriate use of technology rules apply here!

     

    What if I can’t get my Chromebook to work? What if I can’t get my personal device to work?

    Students in grades 4-5 have a district Chromebook to use. Use these links for help:

     

    What if I have a question? How do I contact my teacher?

    Teachers will be online and available for questions via e-mail or their district phone extension.

    • Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. 
      Tuesday through Friday 9-11 a.m. 

     

    You are very important to your teacher and he/she will get back to you as soon as possible, within 24 hours.

     

    What about attendance?

    Students will be considered present during distance learning unless parents provide notification of a health concern. Teachers will be checking in with students and families on a regular basis and will reach out to parents by email or phone if they have not been able to make scheduled contact with a student.

     

    What if I’m sick?

    If you are too sick to complete the learning activities, your parent/guardian should call the attendance line to report your absence.

  • Distance learning FAQ: Middle and high school students

    What will a typical distance learning day look like for me? Do I have to follow my Trimester 3 course schedule exactly?

    You have some flexibility with your distance learning days. Teachers will be posting each day’s learning activity on the course’s Google Classroom site by 9:00 AM each day of the week. You need to login to each Trimester 3 course at least once each scheduled school day. (Or every other day for your day 1 or day 2 classes in middle school) You may do this in any order because your teachers will not be teaching live! If there is a learning activity where the teacher wants you to log in at a specific time, they will let you know in advance and/or record it so you can participate at a time that works best for you.

     

    How much time should each class take?

    There is not a required amount of time for each class. Your teacher will have more information about how long each activity is estimated to take for you to complete it.

     

    How do I login to Google Classroom?

    Google Classroom icon If you are logged into a district chromebook, click on the Google Classroom icon from the shelf. If you are on a Mac or Windows computer, choose classroom from the 3 X 3 app grid. All courses you are enrolled in will appear here. You can also join a course via a join code or email your teacher shares with you. Here are a few links that might help: Distance Learning App login information.

     

    Any rules I should follow when I’m online?

    Yes... we call this “Video Google Meet Etiquette”

     

    There will be opportunities to connect using video Google Meet to ask questions about content or practice problems.  When participating in a video Google Meet, please follow these guidelines:

    • Mute yourself when not speaking.
    • Be on time.
    • Ensure your technology works correctly.
    • Wear school-appropriate clothing.
    • Frame the camera correctly.
    • All appropriate use of technology rules apply here!

     

    What if I can’t get my Chromebook to work? What if I can’t get my personal device to work?

    Use these links for help:

     

    Do I have to login for study hall/advisory?

    It is not REQUIRED that students will need to login for study hall/advisory. However, some teachers are creating Google Classrooms for this purpose. Your teacher will notify you if he/she has created a Google Classroom for you.

     

    What if I have a question? How do I contact my teacher?

    Teachers will be online and available for questions via email Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9-11 a.m. Give them at least a day to get back to you though! You are very important to your teacher and he/she will get back to you as soon as possible. Your teacher may have several hundred students with whom he/she is working.

     

    What about attendance?

    During the COVID 19 closure, all students are considered to be in attendance unless the parent calls in the absence on the attendance line. Teachers will be monitoring daily student logins and contacting students who are not completing online learning activities. Teachers will also require you to complete an online response each day. This will probably be short, but will help your teacher evaluate your understanding daily.

     

    What if I’m sick?

    If you are too sick to complete the learning activities, your parent/guardian should call the attendance line to report your absence.

     

    What will homework look like?

    Check your course Google Classroom site. Your teacher will give you more information.

     

    How will I take a test?

    Tests will keep pace with instruction and will be conducted in a manner that best meets the distance learning environment. Teachers will communicate with students via Google Classroom about tests or other performance assessments that allow them to determine your level of learning/proficiency of course standards.

     

    How will I be graded?

    Teachers will maintain their gradebooks by recording students’ learning and performance demonstrated on activities and assessments assigned during the distance learning period. Teachers will ensure all assignments or assessments are appropriate to be delivered in the distance learning environment. You will get more information from your teachers via Google Classroom.

     

    What if I’m in PSEO?

    Full-time students will follow the guidelines of the institution in which they are enrolled. Part-time students will follow the guidelines of the institution in which they are enrolled and also follow the Anoka-Hennepin Distance Learning Guidelines. Students can contact their counselors with any additional questions or need for support.

  • Special education FAQ

    Will my student still receive special education services?

    Yes, once general education distance learning begins, special education services will also begin through a distance learning model.


    Will there be changes made to my student’s IEP?

    No, once distance learning begins, case managers will be in contact with families regarding the development of a distance learning plan based on your student’s current IEP. That will reflect changes due to mandatory distance learning, as per the Governor's executive order.


    The distance learning plan will clearly explain what your child’s services will be during distance learning, and it will only be in place during the duration of distance learning. Once students are allowed to physically attend school, your child’s last agreed-upon IEP will resume.


    Who do I contact with questions?

    If you have other questions, please contact your building’s program supervisor (visit the directory). 

     

    Why will my student need a distance learning plan?

    As a result of learning no longer taking place in the school setting, some services and accommodations are no longer applicable. Examples may include: direct services within the classroom, preferential seating, para escorts from class to class, behavior support, and movement breaks.

     

    Will there be collaboration between my student’s classroom teachers and their case manager?

    Yes, general education and special education teachers will continue to collaborate daily and weekly as needs arise.

  • Meals and custodial services FAQ

    Is Anoka-Hennepin providing meals for children during the closure?

    Anoka-Hennepin is committed to providing grab-and-go meals at no cost for all children 18 years of age and under who need them during distance learning. Food will be distributed from school buses in the parking lots of select school sites that have been designated as meal pickup locations. Meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit ahschools.us/COVID-19meals for information about meal pickup locations. 

     

    Meals will continue to be offered to school-age children through the end of the school year, Tuesday, June 9, as detailed at ahschools.us/COVID-19meals. Once school concludes, meal access will be consolidated and continue. Locations for meal distribution may be different than they are now. Details will again be shared at ahschools.us/COVID-19meals.  


    Is there any cost for this food? 
    There is no cost for this food service.


    Can I take a meal for adults in my family or are these just for students?
    No, the meals are for school-aged children and youth 18 years of age or younger.

     

    Will there be meals available for students with special dietary requirements?

    For all new and existing diet accommodations, CNP will need to know which school you and your child will be visiting and when so that meals will be ready for them.    


    All other modifications, per federal regulations, require a completed diet modification request form signed by a licensed doctor of medicine (M.D.), clinical nurse practitioner, osteopathic doctor (D.O.) or physicians assistant (P.A.C). and a parent/guardian. The form can be found at ahschools.us/dietform. Fax the completed form to the CNP office at 763-506-1253, or mail it to 2727 N Ferry St. Anoka, MN 53303. Modification requests may take up to 10 days to be accommodated. The district will not be able to accommodate a meal modification request without an approved diet accommodation form, per federal regulations.

    Lactose reduced or soy milk is available to students with a written request from a parent or guardian, and provided to the CNP office.

     

    Cleaning products, routines
    Custodians professionally clean the schools in the evenings, focusing on common areas such as counters, drinking fountains, bathrooms, sinks, and door handles. The cleaning products used by the district are hospital-grade disinfectants on the list of novel coronavirus fighting products, created by the American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries. The product used in school kitchens is also on the list of recommended. 

     

    Cleaning on buses

    The district is working with its bus companies to make sure that buses are disinfected (with CDC-recommended solution). This is being done to the most high touch areas: bottom, front and backs of seats, and the bottom row of windows. These organizations are also looking into its overall practices on this.

  • Child care FAQ

    Will Adventures Plus be operating?

    Adventures Plus school-age care will not be available for families Wednesday, March 18 through Tuesday, June 9. More information.

     

    What about Adventures Plus school-age care scheduled for the summer months?

    Adventures Plus has not yet received guidance from the state in regard to if and how schools may offer summer programming, however, our team continues to develop plans to offer summer child care dependent upon state health guidelines and direction from the Minnesota departments of education (MDE) and health (MDH), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19.


    The Adventures Plus school-age care summer program has closed summer registration. Future program details will be shared with families who are registered for the program as the circumstances evolve.

     

    Will emergency child care be provided?

    Yes, emergency child care will be provided to Tier 1 and Tier 2 health care workers and emergency personnel as directed by the state order, which is currently until the end of the school year, Tuesday, June 9. Emergency care is being offered for children in kindergarten up to age 12 who qualify. Learn more and register for District Emergency Child Care.

     

    What kind of activities or programming are offered during District Emergency Care?

    District Emergency Care is provided as a recreational child care program. Our staff will be offering a variety of activities for students to exercise their minds and bodies. 

     

    Will District Emergency Care staff assist in the distance learning requirements?

    Space and basic supplies for distance learning activities will be provided. Computers will be available and do not need to be sent from home. Staff will be available to assist in problem solving technical glitches and interpreting/reading directions. Staff will not be providing direct instruction. Families should make a plan with their child for what they would like their child to work on each day.

     

    How are students and staff practicing social distancing while in the District Emergency Care program?

    We provide a safe environment for our students and staff. We have reduced staff to student ratios to no more than 1:10 and will practice social distancing as much as possible. Heightened care will be taken to minimize the spread of germs:

    • If children are sick, please keep them at home. Review the school district guidelines for when to keep your child home from school and/or child care.
    • Our staff are assisting families with the check-in and check-out process so only one staff member is touching an iPad.
    • Staff will serve food and snacks while wearing gloves, and students will not be allowed to share food and snacks.
    • Staff have increased the cleaning of frequently touched toys and surfaces.
    • Children should bring their own water bottle each day, to minimize the use of drinking fountains in the schools at this time.

     

    How does bussing work for District Emergency Care? 

    The first week your family utilizes District Emergency Care, transportation will not be available. You will receive more information about your child’s future route from the Anoka-Hennepin Schools transportation department. (This is only available for school time care.)


    School busses will pick children up in their driveway.

     
    What if my child needs medical care while at District Emergency Care?

    Each school will have a health services staff member on site to administer first aid and medications as needed. If your child needs any medication, please bring daily (Epi-Pen, Inhaler, etc), and it will stay in the nurse’s office. We will have permission forms for families to sign so our staff can administer medication if needed. 


    If your child becomes ill at District Emergency Care, they will be sent to the health services office and emergency contacts will be called to pick up your child as soon as possible.

     

    All students and staff will report to the health service if they have fever, or cough, or shortness of breath. Any respiratory symptoms will be brought to the school health service office, to assess, initially. Families should follow-up with their own medical provider before planning to return to District Emergency Care. 

  • Employee FAQ

    Distance learning March 30 until June 9 

    Governor Walz issued an executive order designed to protect the health and safety of citizens and reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19. As it relates to your role as an Anoka-Hennepin employee, the order extends the school closure and enacts the distance learning model of education through Tuesday, June 9. 

     

    As always, the health and safety of our employees during this time is imperative as our organization continues to provide the essential services expected by the communities.

     

    Employees who are sick with symptoms, have been asked to self-isolate by a county/state/federal agency, are in a high risk category, or caring for someone in their household in a high risk category, should stay home and use appropriate sick leave time.

     

    The district expects its employees to abide by state and federal social distancing guidelines.  


    Will employees be able to work from home?

    More information is in the all-employee communication sent March 25 and April 27. District employees who are expected to report must follow social distancing guidelines.  


    What about substitute employment positions?

    Substitute positions are not needed for the duration of distance learning. All prior requests have been canceled for this time period.  


    Long-term teacher substitutes will still be expected to report to work. 

     

    What about coaching positions?

    The collective bargaining agreement between the district and Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota (AHEM) provides that coaches are paid pro-rata stipends for less than a full season. 


    The district will not make any decisions on extracurricular stipends until a final decision is made by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) regarding activities for the remainder of the school year. The district does understand and will take into consideration the fact that many coaches spent time preparing for activities prior to the start of the season. Following a final determination from the MSHSL, the district will reach out regarding compensation decisions.

     

    What about child care for employees needing it?

    The district is collecting requests from emergency workers for child care support for elementary school-age children.

     

    The program is now available to Anoka-Hennepin Schools staff currently working on site that are unable to perform job duties with their children. Families who apply, can begin utilizing District Emergency Care by Wednesday, Apr. 1.

     

    Employees who are required to work on site and have children younger than elementary school age or have special circumstances, and don’t have child care, please contact your supervisor.   

     

    As an employee, what if I feel like I’m sick with COVID-19?

    Employees are asked to report their symptoms to their health care provider and follow those professional’s instructions and the guidelines in place from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please then share any pertinent information with your supervisor, as with any other absence, and use your allocated sick time as needed.

     

    Masks as a source of infection control now allowed as an option in schools

    Anoka-Hennepin staff and students will be allowed the option of wearing non medical grade or homemade masks on school property during the distance learning period. While science has not supported a protective value through wearing surgical or cloth masks, the district also respects actions taken by employees and students to ensure the safety of others. 


    Employees are expected to continue to follow recommendations of social distancing, hand washing, and staying home when ill. You should wash your hands before and after touching your mask. When the mask becomes wet it should be replaced. The wet mask should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and go home with the student or staff for washing before reuse. 


    Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remains unchanged and does not recommend medical grade masks for anyone other than those who are ill. The district will not be providing masks for people other than those that become ill at work or school. Please contact the site health service staff if you have questions about masks.

      

    I am a district employee. My doctor or county/state/federal agency has told me to  self-isolate or self-quarantine. What should I do?

    Employees who are directed to self-isolate by a county/state/federal agency following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directions, should stay home and use appropriate sick leave time.

     

    Employees should report absences as they currently do, and work directly with the Employee Services department if additional information is needed related to such items as ways to request extended leaves, including leaves under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, FFRCA. Please see the Department of Labor’s notification poster.

     

    Employees who are defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as at-risk, are caring for a person at-risk in their household, or have been directly exposed to COVID-19, may contact their supervisor and be approved for work-from-home assuming your work can be performed remotely. Please know that you may need to provide medical documentation. If you’re contacted by public health authorities and advised to self-isolate, please advise your supervisor immediately.

     

    As with any employee absence, you should report time off as you normally do. Specifically, this time off would fall under the “sick leave” category. Absences of more than 10 consecutive work days require medical documentation as a medical leave of absence.

     

    If an employee’s sick leave allocation (or vacation leave allocation, if eligible) is depleted, but isolation needs to continue, the employee should review any applicable working agreement language (e.g. leave, sick leave bank), which can be accessed via the district website. In the event that all sick and vacation time is used, the employee would need to take time off unpaid.  Without legislative intervention, the district cannot pay individual employees who do not have sick leave available to them. 

     

    I came into contact with a person who is confirmed with COVID-19. What should I do?

    Please follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines if you have symptoms.