Letter to Parents 8-24-21

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August 24, 2021


 

Dear Parents and Students,

 

We hope you have all found time to relax and have some fun this summer. We look forward to having your children back in our schools.  We are scheduled to begin school on August 30, 2021. This letter contains information with important updates to our In-Person Learning Plan.

 

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Countryside Public Health have given the LQPV schools guidance regarding COVID 19 for the 2021-2022 school year.  Currently the guidance has consisted primarily of recommendations. At this time, MDE has left most final decisions related to the operation of local schools to the local school boards. In that regard, the LQPV School Board met on August 23, 2021 and approved our Healthy Return to School Plan (click here).

We know you may have questions. Our plans are subject to change depending on the continued spread of the virus and guidance from MDH, MDE and the CDC.  The information shown  below will outline how the Lac qui Parle Valley (LQPV) School District plans to start our school year.  

 

  • Regardless of vaccination status, all students, staff, and visitors will be given the choice to wear a face covering in our schools, but they are not required to wear a face covering. Anyone may voluntarily wear a face covering if they so choose. The CDC and MDH strongly recommend masking regardless of vaccination status.

 

  • All people are required by CDC order to wear face coverings while on public transportation--this includes school buses (both private and public).

 

  • LQPV will not require COVID 19 vaccinations for students or staff but vaccinations are strongly recommended. Vaccinated students and staff are not required to quarantine unless they have a new positive COVID test.

 

  • People who test positive for COVID-19 should stay at home until all three of these things are true:

 

  • They feel better. Their cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better; and,

  • It has been 10 days since they first felt sick or tested positive; and,

  • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers the fever.

(Students will continue to engage with their teacher(s) via Google or other platforms.)


 

  • Self-Screening is strongly recommended  for all students and staff. The District is required to report any COVID-19 cases to the MDH.


 

  • LQPV will continue to conduct contact tracing should there be a positive case in school

 

  • Students and staff who are identified as close contacts will be notified with a message informing them of a lab-confirmed positive case. They will be directed to monitor for symptoms.

 

  • Close contacts are strongly recommended to quarantine at home but are not required to do so.

 

  • It is strongly recommended close contacts be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after exposure to the confirmed case. 

 

  • A 14-day quarantine is the safest recommendation for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. However, a shortened quarantine period of seven or ten days can be considered.

 

  • Students who were wearing a mask while in contact with a positive case will not be considered a close contact.

 

  • Students or staff who are fully vaccinated will not be considered a close contact but are encouraged to watch for symptoms. 

 

  • Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated who remain in school are strongly encouraged to wear a mask for 14 days.

 

  •  The following mitigation strategies will be in place to begin the 2021-2022 school year.

    • Physical distancing to the extent possible (3-6 feet is recommended); 

    • Increased HVAC ventilation capacity; 

    • Routine hand washing and hand washing  etiquette will be strongly encouraged

    • Routine cleaning and disinfecting will continue.

 

 

 

LQPV schools are ready for the year to start and we cannot wait to welcome everyone back. If you have any questions or concerns with the above mitigation strategies please feel free to contact us.

 





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