Health and Safety for Lakeville Area Schools Community Education Summer 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 summer 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 summer 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 (updated 5/29/20):
- 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 with proper social distancing, protection, and hygiene protocols. However, temperature screening is not required.
- 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 encouraged, but not required, to wear cloth face coverings 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.
- 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 and 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.
- Staff members are encouraged, but not required, to wear cloth face coverings during the work day as much as possible.
- Participants are only recommended to wear cloth face coverings if they can reliably wear, remove, and handle the cloth face covering throughout the day. This is typically greater than age 5 and specifically not recommended below age 2. Participant cloth face coverings are not provided by the program.
- 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.
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 1:9 staff to participant ratio per classroom space size. Multiple pods of 10 people may use larger spaces like cafeterias, gyms and playgrounds depending on the size of the space in accordance with state guidance.
- Football/soccer field – no more than four pods of 10.
- Baseball field – no more than three pods of 10.
- Basketball/volleyball court – no more than one pod of ≤ 10.
- 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 occasion 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
- 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 swim lessons or gymnastics programs unless prearranged.
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.
Summer Community Education Programs and Updates can be found here.
Minnesota Governor Executive Orders:
- 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.