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. These steps include the creation of a Face Covering Policy, implementing social distancing to the fullest extent possible, revising daily cleaning protocols, and updating HVAC systems. We continue to follow the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health and consult with public health experts to follow best practices for safety measures, including around isolation and quarantine protocols and COVID-19 testing
Health Screening Protocols
The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. It is important that all families complete the following health self-checks with their student(s) every morning before sending them to school.
Do NOT attend school or work if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or are waiting for test results.
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
Face Covering Protocols
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.
NEW (beginning Jan. 4): All students participating in sports and activities must also wear face coverings at all times, as well as spectators and others visiting district facilities or attending district-sponsored co-curricular events.
Stay Safe and Healthy
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important everyone in the Lakeville Area continues to take measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please continue to socially distance and wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when in public, practice good hygiene, and get tested if you have symptoms or are exposed to someone with COVID-19.