Health and Safety Plan
In order to minimize risk and exposure to COVID-19, and to achieve our goal of bringing back our students in person full time, the Lakeville Area Schools community must work together and follow some simple health and safety guidelines: practice proper social distancing of 6ft or more, wear face coverings over our nose and mouth when around others, and practice basic hygiene.
Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment
Since March 2020 when all schools in Minnesota were required to move to distance learning due to the severity COVID-19 pandemic, Lakeville Area Schools has taken many significant steps to create the safest possible environment for anyone who enters our building. We have and continue to:
- Follow the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health
- Consult with public health experts to follow best practices for isolation and quarantine protocols and COVID-19 testing
- Limit access for visitors and volunteers
- Provide iPads to all students and instructional staff to limit shared materials
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces thoroughly
- Modify spaces and schedules to support social distancing of 6 feet to the fullest extent possible
- Encourage frequent and good hand hygiene and provide hand sanitizer at entrances, in classrooms and in cafeterias
- Require face coverings for all K-12 students, staff and visitors in district buildings and transportation vehicles, unless an accommodation is required
- Limit capacity in buildings and transportation vehicles to no more than 50%
- Avoid large gatherings or congregating before and after school
- Keep students in the same groups or cohorts whenever possible
Health Screening Protocols
COVID-19 symptoms include:
- new onset cough, fever (100.4ºF or higher), shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell OR at least 2 of the following:
- muscle pain
- sore throat
- new onset of severe headache
- new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose
- gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea
If a person has a new symptom (for example, new loss of smell only) with no other diagnosis to explain it, they should stay home and talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19, even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing.
Families are asked to monitor their child’s health by following a COVID-19 screening checklist for signs of infectious illness every day. If a child is showing any signs of illness and/or has been tested for COVID-19 and is waiting for a result they should stay home.
Please see the MDH Covid-19 Decision Tree for more detailed information.
Students who show signs of illness while in school buildings will be referred to the building nurse for an evaluation of symptoms. A student who becomes ill during the school day will be brought to the designated isolation area in the school building until their parent/caregiver can arrange for pick up per MDH guidelines. (Resource: What to do when you are sick)
How will we handle COVID-19 cases in our buildings?
QUARANTINE keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.
ISOLATION keeps someone who is sick or tested positive without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.
Resource: COVID-19: Quarantine and Isolation
- The MDH Decision Tree will be used to determine when a student/staff member may return to a district building following illness or testing for COVID-19.
- What to do if you’re waiting for a COVID-19 test
In accordance with MDE and MDH guidelines and the district’s Face Covering Policy, all K-12 students, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings inside all district buildings and on school district transportation, unless an accommodation is required. Students in early childhood programs may wear a face covering if they can do so independently, but will not be required to do so. Acceptable face coverings include a paper or disposable mask, cloth face covering, scarf, bandana, or religious face covering.
If a student cannot tolerate or wear a typical face covering due to a developmental, medical or behavioral health condition, they may wear a clear, plastic face shield instead. Face shields should still cover the entire face, extending from ear to ear and down past the chin. The District will provide face shields to students who need one due to developmental, medical or behavioral health conditions.
For early childhood education programs, children ages 0-2 should not wear face coverings. Children ages 3-5, may wear a face covering if they can do so independently, but will not be required to do so. Early childhood staff will not be managing the wearing of face coverings for children. Adult students in Early Childhood Family Education classes and adults inside the Crystal Lake Education Center building are required to wear face coverings in accordance with state guidance.
Individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability-related condition may make a request for reasonable accommodations. These will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Face coverings will be available at building entrances as needed. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be supplied according to MDH guidelines.
In some situations, face coverings will be allowed to be removed:
- When engaging in physical activity (e.g., recess, sports, gym) where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult. People participating in these activities should maintain 12 feet of social distancing to the extent possible.
- 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 12 feet or greater of social distancing to the extent possible.
- People entering the school building during the school day may be required by school staff to briefly remove their face covering for the purposes of checking identification.
Lakeville Area Schools has limited capacity to no more than 50% in district buildings and transportation vehicles. All students, staff, and visitors should maintain social distancing of 6 feet when possible. LAS will reinforce and promote social distancing aligned with MDH requirements.
Increased daily cleaning with enhanced disinfection products and equipment is being conducted across all school/district buildings.
During the school day, custodians clean high touch surfaces (such as door knobs, handrails and restrooms) and remove trash from lunchrooms and hallways. Classroom staff have been provided with cleaning supplies to use in classrooms for student desks, chairs and common surfaces. Daily, after each school day, all school buildings are disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer which sanitizes hard to reach surfaces.
Facilities floor markings, safety signage and partitions:
Signage at entrances has been installed to promote social distancing, use of face coverings and reminders for frequent hand washing. Floor markings have been installed to promote social distancing in high traffic areas. Transaction shields have been placed at all service counters in school/district buildings.
HVAC and Mechanical Systems:
All school/district buildings heating, ventilation and cooling systems are managed by building automation controls. The district is meets the recommended requirements by:
- Ensuring existing systems are operating at peak efficiency
- Operating the ventilation system to optimize fresh air exchanges and humidity control
- Completing preventive maintenance and scheduled filter changes