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BHS noted in state’s weekly COVID-19 report as having five or more cases; priority continues to be protecting health and safety of students, employees

(10/15/2020) Today, Blaine High School (BHS) was added to the state’s COVID-19 report for having five or more students or employees who were in the building with a later confirmed case of COVID-19, over a 14-day reporting period. Once our school is COVID-19 case-free for 28 days, it will be removed from the state’s report. It’s important to note, school’s listed don’t necessarily have ongoing transmission. Please refer to this Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) webpage for more information: School Data: Frequently Asked Questions.


Our school’s first priority is protecting the health and safety of students, employees, families and the community at-large. BHS continues to work closely with the district Infection Control School Nurse and the MDH to ensure a high level of health and safety for all. Close contacts of each positive case have been contacted individually and quarantined per MDH guidelines. If you were not contacted, your student is at no higher risk than anyone else in our community. 


Health and safety measures that have been and continue to be used at school are face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, as well as disinfection and cleaning. View the full list of measures at ahschools.us/COVID-19safety, including videos detailing several of them. BHS will have an even higher level of air quality protection with the installation of its new ionization system that eliminates 99.4% of the COVID-19 virus within 30 minutes (92.6% within 15 minutes and 84.2% within 10 minutes). Known as an enhanced purification process, this system is expected to be installed no later than December.  


For information on if your student is well enough for school, refer to the infographic, Can my child go to school today? and the district’s screening tool.


Thank you for your attention to this matter and your continued support of our school.