Return to In-Person Learning Plan









School Board Approved

 LQPV Return to In-Person Learning Plan 2022-2023 


Status of COVID-19 Related Topics:

Lac qui Parle Valley School District (LQPV) continues to be committed to the ongoing safety of all students and staff.  In July of 2022, school district administration met with a group of community stakeholders to review and update the district’s Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan.  The revised LQPV 2022-2023 Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan has been based off of and updated from the 2021-2022 Plan.  This most recent plan is in compliance with the Minnesota Department of Education’s condition of the receipt of ESSER III funds that districts develop and maintain such a plan for the two-year span of ESSER III funding.  The 2021-2022 plan was created using the requirements and recommendations set forth by the Federal government, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Countryside Public Health (CPH). The 2022-2023 Plan continues to follow guidance from these organizations. The LQPV updated Return to In-Person Learning Plan is shown below.

On August 29th, 2022, LQPV schools will begin the school year in-person under pre-pandemic school operations and programming.  This includes:

● All students will be in school five days/week.

● Normal start and end times will be in place.

● Sites will be operational during typical days and hours following the adopted academic calendar.

● Students will have lunch in the cafeteria.

● Students will transition from class to class, following a normal schedule.

● Special area classes (music, art, PE, etc.) will be held in their classrooms.

● The 2022-2023 calendar posted on the district’s website will be followed.


Communication with Students, Families, and Staff

LQPV Public Schools will utilize the Parent Square messenger system, email, phone calls, social media and the LQPV Public School website to keep families informed of COVID related matters and changes.



Covid Program Coordinator:

LQPV COVID-19 Program Coordinator is Heather Piotter, LQPV district nurse.  Heather will serve as a point of contact for each school building. Heather will communicate concerns, challenges, and lessons learned related to COVID-19 to our staff, students, families, school and district leadership, and local health officials.

The following information will provide greater clarity to our expectations:


Face Coverings:


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

  • The LQPV School District will make reasonable modifications for all students at risk for getting very sick with COVID-19.  

  • The face covering recommendation does not apply to children under 2 years of age or people of any age who are unable to tolerate wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability. 




  • 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.

  • Staying up to date on routine vaccinations is essential to prevent illness from many different infections. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help safely develop immunity to disease. For COVID-19, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations is the leading public health strategy to prevent severe disease. Not only does it provide individual-level protection, but high vaccination coverage reduces the burden of COVID-19 on people, schools, healthcare systems, communities, and individuals who are not vaccinated or may not develop a strong immune response from the vaccines.


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


  • They feel better and consult a healthcare provider or district nurse;

  • It has been 5 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 in learning with their teacher(s) via Google or other platforms.


Note: Additional guidance from the CDC is as follows.  The LQPV School district will follow CDC guidance when appropriate.  People with symptoms of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and gastrointestinal infections should stay home and get tested for COVID-19. People who are at risk for getting very sick with COVID-19 who test positive should consult with a healthcare provider right away for possible treatment, even if their symptoms are mild. Staying home when sick can lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases, including the virus that causes COVID-19, to other people. For more information on staying home when sick with COVID-19, including recommendations for mask use for people experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, see Quarantine and Isolation.




  • The district will continue to provide at-home tests for families as needed.

  • The district also encourages people to test at a testing site or healthcare provider if they have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

  • Anyone who tests positive should follow CDC recommendations.  There are many variables to this based on vaccination status.  Please contact your healthcare provider or Heather Piotter if you have questions.




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


MDE COVID-19 Decision-Tree:

Please see the attached COVID-19 Decision-Tree (click link)  for people in schools, youth programs and childcare programs.


Mitigation Strategies--Cleaning/Maintaining Healthy Facilities, including Improved  Ventilation:


  •  The following mitigation strategies will remain in place during the 2022-2023 school year.

    • Increased HVAC ventilation capacity; 

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

    • School District routine cleaning and disinfecting will continue as a best practice. 


Child Nutrition – Meals:


  • Meals will be available at school. Students may also bring their lunches as in the past.

  • The USDA will no longer provide free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students.

  • In order to qualify for this service, families will need to complete the free/reduced lunch paperwork similar to pre-pandemic protocols.  That information can be found on the district website.

Field Trips:


  • Students will resume scheduled field trips throughout the 2022-2023 school year. 




  • Regular transportation routes will be used. Seating charts may be implemented.

  • Students and staff will not be required to wear masks on public transportation.

  • Also attached please find a LQPV Transportation Waiver you must sign to transport your son or daughter to/from an extracurricular activity. Activities Transportation Waiver (click link) 


Accommodations for Special Populations:


  • Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies and procedures will continue to be provided. To learn more about accommodations, parents/guardians should contact his/her child’s case manager. 


Coordination with State / Local Health Officials:


  • LQPV will continue to collaborate with state and local public health officials.

  • We will continue to actively monitor our local COVID data to determine strategies necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff. 




  • Visitors and volunteers who are ill should not enter the LQPV buildings.

  • Visitors and volunteers will follow regular protocols when checking in at each school building during the day. 


Final Note:

  • The LQPV School District is committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff and community members. We believe it is important that we all remember to respect the decisions and actions of others in our community while we seek the common goal of a safe environment.


School Board Approved at the July 25, 2022 Board Meeting.

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