Before you come to school
Every day before school, students and staff should screen for symptoms at home, including daily temperature checks. Detailed instructions for screening are linked below with a handy printable screening guide also available. (Printable guides are also available in Hmong, Spanish and Somali)
This guide is based on the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines in determining when students or staff members should remain home from school.
Additional Resources from the Minnesota Department of Health
Safety at School
All students, staff, and other people present in school buildings and district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles are required to wear a face covering.
Families will be asked to screen their child at home for symptoms of illness, and keep them home from school if they have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Parents will be given a decision guide with clear directions on when to send their students to school and when to keep them home.
On the bus
Elementary school buses will operate at a their usual capacity, and families may choose to drive their own child to school or carpool.
Because our secondary schools are operating in a hybrid model, secondary school buses will operate at 50% capacity, further reduced by students who have chosen distance learning and students who get a ride/drive to school.
All buses will promote as much distance as possible between students and will sanitize bus seats and surfaces between each route.
Buses will be disinfected after each route, using safe and effective products. Windows will remain open between and after routes to circulate fresh air through the bus.
Breakfast will be grab-and-go and will either be consumed in the cafeteria or in the classrooms, depending on which option provides the most opportunity for physical distancing.
In the classroom
Classroom desks and tables will be spaced as far apart as possible and arranged so they are all facing the same direction. Desks and tables will be sanitized at the end of each day, and more often as feasible. Elementary and secondary class sizes will be reduced by the number of students electing the distance learning option (Ranger Academy).
Newly updated air exchange mechanical systems replace classroom air 3 times each hour in a typical classroom.
Students will use their own school supplies and will not be sharing with other students.
Lunch will be grab-and-go and will be consumed in the classroom, or in the cafeteria if that space is available and adequate physical distancing can be maintained.
At recess and playground
Elementary students will have recess each day providing time for physical activity and an opportunity for students to remove face coverings. Students will be guided to remain with their classmates during recess, minimizing contact with other students. Students will wash hands before and after using playground equipment.
In the hallways, bathroom and common areas
Physical distancing will be maintained as much as possible while students are moving throughout the building. A limited number of students will be allowed in the bathroom at one time.
Students will wash hands before and after classes like PE and media, where books and other shared items may be used. Music classes will be moved to larger spaces where better physical distancing can be maintained.
Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations will be restricted.
Entering and exiting the school
Students will utilize multiple entrances and exits when arriving for school and leaving at the end of the day in order to maximize physical distancing between students.
COVID-19 Testing Resources
Testing Information and Locations are available from the State of Minnesota's Find Testing Locations page.
IMPORTANT: If you are using the test to request a shortened quarantine it MUST be a PCR (molecular) test. Antigen tests will not be accepted.
About Testing for COVID-19: A Positive is a Positive
There are two types of COVID-19 diagnostic tests: molecular and antigen.
A positive COVID-19 test (molecular or antigen test) means the person who took the test has COVID-19 and can spread it to others. If you get a positive test result, you should stay home and away from others. This advice does not change if you get a second test that is negative.
Your close contacts will also be asked to stay home and away from others (quarantine). This advice does not change if they get tested and the result is negative.
It generally is not recommended that people get tested again after getting a positive result. However, those who work in health care and long-term care may need to retest to confirm a negative result.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you must quarantine to ensure that you do not pass the virus along to another person.
The standard length of quarantine is 14 days from the date you last had contact with the person who has COVID-19, however Forest Lake Area Schools will allow a shortened quarantine, with preapproval, as long as certain conditions are met.
If you would like to request a shortened quarantine, please review the information on our quarantine page.
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Will parents be notified immediately if there is a positive case?
Will my child's privacy be protected if he or she tests positive for COVID-19?
What has the school done to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 cases within the school?