COVID Procedures and FAQs
To see weekly updates on current cases, please see the MPS COVID-19 Data Dashboard:
Please see the Minneapolis Public Schools Link:
Fully vaccinated definition: it has been 14 days (two weeks) since you received the second dose in a two-dose series.
Close contacts who are fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID-19 within last 90 days do not need to quarantine but should monitor for symptoms and wear a mask. If symptoms develop, they should be tested for COVID-19.
If your student tests positive, please notify the health office, main office or principal. We will keep track of positive cases but preserve health privacy. Parents do not have to communicate with the classroom teacher right away if they do not wish to disclose their student’s specific health information. Teachers will receive general information with the quarantine list including the student who tested positive.
It's important to let the health office or Covid-19 Coordinator (the Principal) know if your quarantining student tests positive. It may affect other students also needing to quarantine.
Classroom close contacts must quarantine for 10 days and household contacts 14 days.
We are still following the MDH COVID-19 Recommended Decision Tree dated 10/8/2021:
For any questions and concerns, please contact our Health Offices: Wenonah Health Office: (612) 668-5042
Keewaydin Health Office: (612) 668-4678
Wenonah Health Office: (612) 668-5042
I heard that there was a quarantine at school, but I never received a letter. Why?
This year we are only sending letters to families of students who are close contacts and to the homeroom parents who are close contacts. There is no longer an announcement to the entire grade or school community.
How to decide when to keep a student home?
MPS has a guide for families to help them decide when they should keep their students home from in-person learning if they are feeling unwell. The guide outlines the symptoms to look for that mean students should stay home.
Families can also help schools stay open and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
- Keep students home if they are sick. EVERY DAY, check to see if your student has symptoms of being sick.
- Keep your student home if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Teach your student to wear their face covering (mask) on the bus and at school.
The guide includes other important information for families:
- What to expect if your student is sick at school.
- Make sure your school has your current contact information.
- Have a plan for who can pick up your student if they are sick at school
- MPS process for reporting COVID-19 cases to families.
How will my student keep up with schoolwork?
"Live" (synchronous) distance learning is not currently required this school year in alignment with the governor and Minnesota Department of Education. MPS does have an online school option available, but once a student moves to the online school they lose their seat in their original community school.
Students who must quarantine due to a close exposure to someone with COVID-19 will be able to keep up with their studies through an asynchronous (not live) online learning option with their regular teachers. All teachers have either a google or seesaw classroom on which assignments will be posted. When students have to quarantine, teachers will reach out within 24-36 hours with directions and assignments.
All students also have access to a device (iPad or Chromebook) to use while on quarantine. Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.
Where can I get tested?
- COVID Testing is free to all Minnesotans at community testing sites. Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites, or check with your local pharmacy
- Any Minnesotan can still order a free saliva test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
- Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.
- Vaccines are widely available. You can find vaccine locations here.