Per State Direction Masks Still Required in Lakeville Area Schools Through End of School Year
May 17, 2021
Lakeville Area Schools families and staff,
There was more news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last Thursday, which said masks no longer need to be worn by people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. On Thursday evening, Governor Tim Walz followed suit by lifting the mask mandate in Minnesota. The mandate from the Governor to Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated still strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings indoors.
However, the Governor and the state agency, Minnesota Department of Education are requiring compliance with the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan for schools through the school year. Our youngest learners are still ineligible for vaccines and eligibility for 12-15-year-olds was just announced only last week. The guidelines the state is keeping in place for schools are meant to protect students, teachers and staff in Minnesota’s schools.
This means Lakeville Area Schools will continue operations in compliance with the state requirements for the last 17 days of school. This will include all Community Education programs and classes. Masks are required to be worn in our schools, facilities and on school buses. Social distancing guidelines will be followed to the extent possible. Our staff will continue to contact trace and send quarantine notices after confirmed cases of COVID-19.
We have heard from some community members that they wish the mask requirement would end in our schools. We have shared this feedback with our local and state representatives. Until the school district receives updated guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education, all Minnesota schools are required to follow the Safe Learning Plan. We will continue to assess all communications from the state and pass along any changes as appropriate.