Health and Safety for Lakeville Area Schools Community Education Programs
Lakeville Area Schools Community Education will be aligning with all health and safety guidance directives for Lakeville Area School District. Lakeville Area Schools has updated its Safe Return to Learning Plan and will be using the dashboard and mitigation plan for the 2021-22 school year.
Community Education programs will be offering in-person, hybrid and online learning opportunities for all students throuhgout the 2021-22 school year. We are committed to providing world-class learning prioritizing the safety, health and well-being of our school community. Updated Aug. 30, 2021
COVID-19 Mitigation Plan by Transmission Level
The District will use county-level COVID-19 transmission level (14-day case rate per 10,000 in Dakota County) to determine mitigation strategies that will be implemented in our buildings and on district transportation, as indicated on the COVID-19 Dashboard. More information about our County and District levels, please visit our COVID-19 Dashboard and Mitigation Plan.
CURRENT PHASE: SUBSTANTIAL 30 - 49.9
Face coverings are required for all participants age 2-8th grade, regardless of vaccination status, indoors in all ISD #194 schools and buildings.
Additionally, face coverings are required for all people age 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status when in a Lakeville Area Schools early childhood, elementary, and middle school building.
Face coverings are required to be worn on school buses at all times by all persons, as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regardless of vaccination status.
INDOOR SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
- All persons participating in indoor sports activities within elementary and middle school buildings are required to use face covering, except when an athlete is in the exertion phase (active practice or game play).
- Coaches, advisors or group leaders are required to wear a face covering at all times within elementary and middle school buildings.
- While in the pool areas, participants, coaches and instructors must wear face coverings except when in the pool itself or showers. Masks must be worn when on the pool deck and locker room, or in the spectator seating area.
- While in the LSHS Gymnastics gym with students age 2-grade 8, all spectators and staff are required to wear face coverings.
CHOIR, BAND and PERFORMING ARTS
- Face coverings are not required during active singing time. Upon active singing being completed, face coverings should be replaced.
- Music performance masks are highly recommended for wind instrument practices and musical performances.
- Face coverings are highly recommended during performing art practices. Face coverings are not required while on stage during a performing arts event but should be put back on when off stage.
- All drinking fountains are turned off with the exception of water bottle fillers.
- Medical exemptions explanation can be found HERE.
Promoting social distancing will occur to the fullest extent practicable, during school as well as during activities/athletics and other events. There is no capacity or physical distancing requirement in school buildings or on transportation.
COVID-19 Health Screening, Isolation and Quarantine
- All students, staff, visitors and facility users are required to conduct a daily self screeningbefore coming to school/work.
- Students and staff are required to stay home if they are ill, and leave school/work if they become sick during the day.
- All families are required to continue to report illness to their school’s attendance line and stay home if their child is ill, tests positive for COVID-19, has COVID-like symptoms, lives with someone in the household who has COVID-like symptoms or who tests positive. Staff are required to continue to report illness to their Supervisor.
- If there is a positive case, all household members are required to quarantine for 14 days if not vaccinated, unless they have evidence of a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days. If sick, students can return to school with negative COVID-19 test, alternate diagnosis or after 10 days of isolation, the absence of fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, and improvement of COVID-19 symptoms.(See MDH Decision Tree)
Handling a Suspected or Confirmed Case of COVID-19
- Lakeville Area Schools are required to continue to monitor for Influenza-like illness and positive COVID-19 cases and report positive cases to the Minnesota Department of Health.
- Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay home and isolate for 10 days.
- Those who live with someone who tests positive are required to stay home and quarantine for 14 days, unless the following are true:
- They are fully vaccinated for COVID-19
- They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days
- Contact Tracing: Families and staff (grades PK-5) will be notified if there is a positive case in their student’s class/program, and families/staff (grades 6-12) will be notified by students’ individual class periods. These families have the choice to quarantine or to monitor for symptoms. COVID-19 testing is strongly recommended 3 to 5 days after possible exposure. Contact tracing will not be conducted to the level utilized during the 2020-21 school year. This plan is subject to change based upon virus transmission.
- Exhibiting symptoms at school: If a student is symptomatic at school, the parent/guardian will be notified to pick up their child. The student will be required to wear a mask while waiting in the isolation area. A COVID-19 test will be offered to all students who are symptomatic at school (with prior parent/guardian consent).