COVID-19 Safety & Our Programs
Last updated: 8/29/21
Face coverings are required
As of August 9, 2021, face coverings are required in all MPS buildings for all staff, students, and visitors over 2 years of age, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. The CDC continues to require face coverings on public transportation, including school buses.
Visit the CDC website for information about acceptable face coverings. A face shield can be worn in addition to a face covering but not as a replacement for a face covering. It is recommended that students and staff who are not fully vaccinated also wear a face covering in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve ongoing close contact with others who may not be vaccinated.
Due to local bus driver shortages, buses will be filled to capacity. Students will be assigned a seat to help with COVID contact tracing, as necessary. All students and adults on the bus will be required to wear a face covering during the entire ride. Bus seating will be arranged to maintain 6 feet of distance between the driver and all riders.
Buses will be disinfected regularly with special attention to high-contact surfaces. Windows and roof vents will be left open when possible to allow for as much ventilation as possible.
If a student becomes sick at school
A dedicated space near the nurse’s office will be set aside for any student who starts to show symptoms of COVID-19. This illness room will be clearly marked and air flow from this room to other rooms will be protected with additional HEPA filters.
The student will be separated from others until they can be picked up by a parent or guardian. Transportation will be provided to any student whose parent/guardian cannot pick them up in a reasonable time.
Starting October 15, Minneapolis Public Schools will require that all employees, and those contractors, volunteers and partners with direct student contact, provide confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination and allow an exemption to the vaccination requirement to those submitting to regular COVID-19 testing.
Cleaning and disinfecting
High-touch and high-traffic areas in schools will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis as appropriate such as classrooms and offices, public restrooms, halls and main stairwells, drinking fountains, gym floors, and locker rooms.
Strict air quality practices will be followed with air handling systems turned on at least two hours before and after students and staff are in a school. MPS uses the highest-rated air filters available: MERV 11- 14 where possible. HEPA filters will be used in any classroom that does not have the ability to support MERV 14 air filters.
Deciding when to keep your student home if they're sick
MPS has a guide for families to help them decide when they should keep their students home from in-person learning if they are feeling unwell. The guide outlines the symptoms to look for that mean students should stay home.
Families can also help schools stay open and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
Keep students home if they are sick. EVERY DAY, check to see if your student has symptoms of being sick.
Keep your student home if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Teach your student to wear their face covering (mask) on the bus and at school.
The guide includes other important information for families:
What to expect if your student is sick at school.
Make sure your school has your current contact information.
Have a plan for who can pick up your student if they are sick at school
MPS process for reporting COVID-19 cases to families.
Further information can be found at https://mpls.k12.mn.us/covid_safety
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