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COVID-19 Safety: Wear face coverings inside school buildings

Face coverings are required indoors at all Anoka-Hennepin Schools facilities in alignment with a July 22 state order to control the spread of COVID-19, and protect the health and safety of employees, students and the community. This order begins July 25 and covers all persons including employees, kindergarten through grade 12 students, visitors, and vendors, and will continue until further notice.

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education will provide additional information on how the state order impacts Adventures Plus school-age care and its operation later this week.

Settings that face coverings are expected to be used include: time spent with other people, in hallways, riding on school transportation, as well as public areas such as restrooms. Social distancing, keeping at least six feet between yourself and others, is considered the best way to protect yourself and others. The face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

The wearing of face coverings is part of a system of health and safety protections that include social distancing, hand hygiene, limiting building access, and other strategies in operation at Anoka-Hennepin Schools. Compliance with the cloth face cover wearing order is voluntary. Thank you for your compliance with this request.

The State of Minnesota will provide a direction next week on which learning scenario – in-person, hybrid model with 50% capacity or distance learning – our schools will start in for the 2020-21 school year. Please remain alert for additional messages from Anoka-Hennepin Schools regarding this and other COVID-19 school information, ahschools.us/COVID-19.

 

 

FAQ on cloth face coverings

Do I have to wear a cloth face cover outside?
The recommendation is to wear a cloth face cover in workplace settings on school property or around students in a work environment. Outside spaces are not considered part of this order.

Why is this being done now?
Anoka-Hennepin Schools is following a state order signed July 22. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance does recommend wearing of cloth face coverings. A message to inform employees and the community is being sent now in response to the state order.

What happens if myself or others don’t wear a cloth face cover?
The order to wear a cloth face cover is a directive from the state government and there is an expectation that all citizens will follow this direction to provide maximum protection for community health and safety. This is a voluntary compliance program and there are no fines or penalties involved in not wearing a cloth face cover. However, since school employees work in confined spaces and are at an increased risk for COVID-19, compliance by all leads to improved workplace health and safety for all.