Health and Safety for Lakeville Area Schools Community Education Programs
As always, the health and safety of our participants and staff is of the utmost importance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please be aware that Lakeville Area Schools Community Education programs will look different this year.
With the support of the School District, we are working to adapt our programs to follow the most current Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) guidance. These include health screenings, frequent hand washing and hygiene standards, social distancing and small group sizes, extensive cleaning, and limits on visitors and observations. These strategies are being implemented to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure in Community Education programs while continuing to provide you with the innovative and engaging programs you have come to expect. These strategies may change as new MDH and MDE guidance is received and if the level of community transmission increases to the point where programming must be disrupted. Please check back periodically for the up-to-date information.
Overview of Community Education Program Health Precautions
- Participants and staff need to stay home if they are ill or have symptoms of illness.
- Participants with underlying health conditions are highly encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider before deciding to attend.
- All participants and staff members will receive a health screening upon check-in.
- Temperatures screenings will be requested for all students, parents and staff at CLEC with proper social distancing, protection, and hygiene protocols. However, temperature screening is not required.
- All other Community Education programs will not require temperature screenings, but may conduct a verbal health screening prior to the start of class.
- If a participant has any symptoms of illness or has a measured temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they will not be allowed to participate. Parents/guardians should accompany their child to the Community Education program until they have been screened. Please allow extra time for this process. Parents/guardians are required to wear masks in accordance with State guidance during drop off and pick up.
- Based upon the MDH’s most recent Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist, if a staff member answers “Yes” to any of the screening questions or has a measured temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they will not be allowed to work. They are advised to go home, stay away from other people, and contact their health care provider. (District Procedure)
- If a participant or staff member becomes sick or symptomatic, they will be isolated from other participants. Participants will have their parents/guardians contacted for immediate pick up. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to have an emergency pick up plan if their child becomes ill while at the program and to communicate emergency pick up contact information in advance to the program staff. Staff members will be asked to immediately leave the building if transporting themselves or call an emergency contact for immediate pick up. The District uses MDH’s most recent COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance Decision Tree for Symptomatic People in Schools & Child Care Programs.
Frequent Hand Washing, Hygiene Standards:
- Participants and staff will wash their hands upon arriving, before and after eating, before and after moving between spaces, and before and after playground use.
- For Community Education programs that allow for on site sunscreen application, staff helping participants will wash hands beforehand and between applications.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at entry and exits to Community Education program spaces.
- Water fountains may not be available. If needed, participants should bring their own water bottles.
- Participants, including siblings, should not share water bottles, food, or other items.
- All participants and staff are required to wear masks in accordance with State guidance. Students, parents and staff are encouraged to bring your own cloth mask, however there will be disposable masks available on-site.
Wearing Face Coverings
Face coverings are an important tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. They protect other people in case the wearer does not know they are infected. Acceptable face coverings include paper or disposable masks, cloth face masks, scarfs, bandanas, religious face coverings such as burqas.
Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive, and should feel comfortable to wear. Face coverings should not be worn by anyone under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical or behavioral health condition.
A face covering is NOT meant to substitute for social distancing of 6 feet between people. However, face coverings become increasingly important in situations when maintaining social distancing is not possible. Under specific circumstances, a face shield may be used as an alternative to a mask.
Student and Visitor Expectations for Face Coverings
Face coverings will generally be required for all students, staff and other persons present in any of our school buildings, district facilities and offices, and on school transportation vehicles. *To provide a consistent and safe environment for students and staff, the executive order applies to all students in kindergarten classrooms, even those age five and younger.
All visitors are asked to wear a face covering at all times. People who are entering a school building during the day may be required by school staff to briefly remove their face covering for the purposes of checking identification.
Students, staff and visitors are highly encouraged to bring their own face covering. If they don’t have one or forgot it at home, the district will provide face coverings to employees, students and visitors who need one. The district also has a limited number of face shields, which will be made available to students to address specific needs.
Situations When Face Covering May Be Removed
Students may remove face coverings in the following situations:
Face coverings may be temporarily removed when engaging in physical activity (e.g., during recess, after school sports or competitions, or when exercising in a gym) where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult. Face coverings can also be removed during classes or activities held outdoors as long as the people participating in these activities maintain social distancing of 6 feet while doing so, to the extent feasible.
During practices or performances involving singing, acting, public speaking, or playing musical instruments where a face covering cannot be used while playing the instrument. Performers should maintain 6-feet or greater of physical distance from others while participating in the activity to the extent possible, and should replace their face covering as soon as the activity is completed.
Face coverings may be temporarily removed to eat or drink, but care should be taken to maintain as much space as possible between people, recognizing it is not always feasible to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
Students aged 2-5 who are participating in early childhood age programs are not required to wear masks. They may wear masks if they can do so independently and in compliance with CDC guidance on How to Wear Cloth Face Covering (e.g., without frequently touching or removing the covering). Early childhood staff are not tasked with enforcing proper mask usage for children ages 2-5. Social distancing guidelines should be followed to the fullest extent possible.
Any individuals or groups using district facilities who do not follow these requirements will be subject to immediate suspension of activities.
Social Distancing and Small Group Sizes:
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be set whenever possible. Participants will be guided by staff to remind them to keep appropriate distancing.
- Many class start and end times will be staggered to help avoid congestion at entry/exit points. Playground and meal times will also be staggered between groups.
- Community Education will use a 1:14 staff to participant ratio per classroom space size. Multiple pods of 14 people may use larger spaces like cafeterias, gyms and playgrounds depending on the size of the space in accordance with state guidance.
- Social distancing marks will be used on floors of buildings to help avoid congestion in high traffic areas and promote distancing, whenever possible.
- Whenever possible, there will be consistent pods of the same staff and participants. Intermixing of pods will be minimized.
- Wherever possible and appropriate, activities and meals will be held outdoors and participants are encouraged to spread out.
- Whenever possible, each participant will have their own set of tools/supplies/equipment to use. If any items are shared, there will be designated places for used items so they can be cleaned between each usage.
- As they are able, staff will clean high touch areas on the playground.
- There will be increased cleaning of common surfaces between groups as well as increased cleaning of bathrooms and high touch areas such as door knobs, handles, light switches, surfaces, etc.
- Full site cleaning will be completed daily after the conclusion of programs.
Limits on Visitors and Observations:
- The public, visitors and pre-approved community groups will not be allowed into Community Education program spaces during use, including playgrounds and bathrooms.
- Pre-approved community groups, following District requirements, may be using middle schools and high schools at the same time as Community Education programs, but they will not use the same spaces. (COVID-19 Facility Use Information)
- Parents will not be allowed to stay to observe a class and program, unless: prearrangement is made, contact information is recorded for possible contract tracing needs, health screening is complete and social distancing is maintained. Parents in Early Childhood Family Education programs are considered participants and do not require prearrangement.
- Observation areas will not be available for gymnastics programs unless prearranged. The balcony at the pool will be available for viewing to 1 parent/guardian per student that is not participating in the class.
While we realize that not everyone will feel comfortable or ready to join us in person yet, please know that Lakeville Area Community Education is here for you and your family when the time is right. In the meantime, we will continue to offer great programming online so you can continue to move, learn and experience new things with your family and friends.
Fall Community Education Programs and Updates can be found here.
Lakeville Area Schools Health Guidelines can be found here.
Minnesota Governor Executive Orders:
- 20-81 Requiring Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering in Certain Settings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- 20-63 Continuing to Safely Reopen Minnesota’s Economy and Ensure Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
- 20-57 Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Allow for a Safe and Effective Summer Learning Environment for Minnesota’s Students
Center for Disease Control Guidance:
- Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open
- Child Care, Schools, and Youth Programs
- People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
Minnesota Department of Health Guidance:
- Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan Chart
- Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs (PDF)
- Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth Sports (PDF)
- Reopening of Public Swimming Pool and Aquatic Facilities (PDF)
- Hand Hygiene
- Cover Your Cough
- Masking Recommendations for Child Care and Schools: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist (PDF)
- COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance Decision Tree for Symptomatic People in Schools & Child Care Programs (PDF)
Minnesota Department of Education Guidance:
- Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools
- Prioritization of Children of Families Working in Critical Sectors
We are committed to the safety and health and well-being of our families and community. As such, we will continue to provide you up-to-date information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and our district’s prevention and preparation strategies. We continue to closely monitor the situation through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and we are developing a district response plan based on public health recommendations, which continue to change rapidly.