COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Our participants' safety is our number one priority. In accordance with state health guidelines and direction from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the following changes will be necessary for community education programming to decrease the risk of COVID-19 exposure:
- The COVID-19 vaccine is not currently available for children ages 11 years old and younger. At Fridley Public Schools, students in this age-group make up nearly half of our total student population.
- To help provide a safer learning environment for our school community, all staff members and students in Preschool through Grade 12 will be required to wear face coverings/masks while inside district buildings.
- Adults renting facilities or using district space for classes and other Community Education events must also wear masks in hallways while students are present. If students are not present, the district highly recommends mask wearing by all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
- Students are required to wear face coverings/masks while on district transportation/school buses. This is a federal requirement.
- Per CDC, people who properly wear masks do not need to quarantine if they come in close contact with an infected person.
- The American Academy of Pediatricians strongly recommends face masks/coverings for students ages two years and older.
Health and Safety protocols
- The district will maintain strategies to protect students and staff, including continuing enhanced air quality protocols, enhanced cleaning methods, and providing hand sanitizer stations in each building.
- Students and staff with lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and their household members will be asked to quarantine. Contact tracing will not be done in school.
- Social distancing is not required and there will be no group size limits.
COVID-19 vaccination and testing
- COVID-19 vaccinations, and testing for COVID-19 are not required by the school district.
- This information is based on current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education as of early August.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available at no cost, and is recommended for anyone ages 12 years and older.
- Anyone ages 12 years and older who wishes to receive a vaccine can use this link to schedule one: Minnesota COVID-19 Response.
If your not feeling well
Participants must stay home if they are ill. Parents need to be on alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick.
- Participants must be healthy and symptom free for the last 10 days and have a temperature under 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms include the following:
- Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Participants who have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days cannot attend.
- Participants who appear ill will be removed from the program. If the participant is a minor, the parent or guardian will be contacted.
- If a participant is diagnosed or presumed positive for COVID-19, please contact the Fridley Community Center immediately at 763-502-5100.
Thank you for being a valued Community Education participant. We hope that we will see you soon!
- American Academy of Pediatricians recommendations of keeping students safe and physically present in school include face coverings/masks for staff and students ages two years and older.
- Minnesota Department of Health recommendations for wearing face coverings/masks.
- COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone ages 12 years and older.
- Centers for Disease Control recommendations for K-12 Schools
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The majority of respiratory illnesses are not COVID-19.
District officials are closely monitoring information and following the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in terms of the district’s response to this virus.
Find the latest information from MDH on COVID-19 online. To find Anoka County COVID-19 specific updates click this link https://www.anokacounty.us/3850/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-Situation-Summary.
If you have additional questions about the virus, please contact the MDH Hotline at 651-201-3920. Calls are answered Monday - Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.