COVID-19 FAQs

Farmington Area Public Schools 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Last update: July 29, 2021


What health and safety protocols will the district implement during the 2021-2022 school year?

For information on face coverings, physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing, health screening, isolation, quarantine and other health and safety protocols planned for the 2021-2022 school year, please see our 2021 Back to School FAQ linked here.

 

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Are face coverings still required in ISD 192 buildings and busses?

As of Monday, June 7, 2021, in accordance State and Federal guideline:
— Face Coverings are required on all district provided transportation per Federal guidelines. — Face Coverings are not required in district buildings. (CDC guidelines recommend that individuals that are not fully vaccinated wear a face coverings when indoors.) — Face coverings are required in childcare and preschool settings through June 30, 2021 or until 70% of the state of MN is fully vaccinated.

What health and safety measures will ISD 192 implement to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 over the summer?

Based of guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education, and in accordance with State and Federal guidelines, ISD 192 will follow the strategies outlines in the Farmington Area Public Schools COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Summer 2021 document. This includes physical distancing, cleaning and sanitation protocols, health screenings, and more.  

How many ISD 192 students/staff have confirmed cases of COVID-19? How many are in quarantine? 

Please see our COVID-19 Dashboard for information about COVID-19 cases in ISD 192.


Where can learners and families find support and assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Please see our Community Resources page for assistance with food, health, housing, technology, employment, childcare and more. Dakota County also has many resources available on their website. 

 

What about school attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic (and related questions such as "When must my child stay home?" and "What if my child has close contact with someone with COVID-19?" and "Should I get my child tested?")?

 

The Minnesota Department of Health has a clear and comprehensive COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families that addresses these questions and more.
As a reminder all families must complete a Daily Health Screening prior to sending learners to school.


If your learner has had a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, they (and any learners in the household) cannot attend school or any activities until the building nurse or building administrator has verified they are medically cleared to return. Please see the linked resource for additional information from MDH regarding What to do While You Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return.

What about middle school and high school athletics? 

Decisions about Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) events are being made by MSHSL. Athletics are happening with health and safety measures in place. Please see the MSHSL website for details.


What Community Education and Childcare options will be available in the summer of 2021? 

Most Community Education programs are open and in-person this summer including swim lessons, camps, and preschool. You can view the online catalogue here.


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before. COVID-19 presents a range of illnesses. While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions. There are still things we do not know. 


What should I do if I or someone in my family has COVID-19 symptoms?
The Minnesota Department of Health has provided a Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs (linked here)

  • What if we need to quarantine? If your family needs to quarantine, your student will continue to be supported in their learning by their assigned teachers.  

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school or program?
In the event of a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school or program, Farmington Area Public Schools will follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines detailed here. 
 

What about traveling outside the area? 

We request that families be aware of, and comply with, the recommendations of the CDC with regard to travel abroad. If families choose to travel outside the country, the CDC recommends a 14-day self-imposed quarantine. School districts do not have authority to impose or monitor quarantines for individual students or families but request that families comply with these recommendations.


What actions should we take to protect our family?

The Minnesota Department of Health indicates that following these practices is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family: — Get vaccinated if you are able. — Wear a mask indoors if you are not fully vaccinated.  

— Encourage frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Model frequent hand washing in your home and workplace.

— Keep children home from school until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

— Stay home from work if you are sick.

— If you plan to go to the doctor with flu-like symptoms, please call ahead so the clinic can be prepared for your arrival.

Additionally, you may take this opportunity to review your family’s own emergency plans. Think about backup plans for childcare if school is temporarily closed or if parents, children, or a childcare provider is sick. Think about necessary items to have at home, including prescription medication (check your refill dates), and non-prescription medications, such as fever-reducing medications.


How do we talk with our children about COVID-19?

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has prepared guidance for parents to talk with their children about COVID-19.

Read the NASP guidance in English

Read the NASP guidance in Spanish


How does Farmington Area Public Schools stay up-to-date about COVID-19?

Student and staff health and safety is a top priority. We are monitoring developments closely and receive strong support from our partners at the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education. Farmington Area Public Schools is following the guidance of these and other state agencies.


Further Questions

If you have questions about infectious diseases, please call the Minnesota Department of Health at (651)201-5414.


If you have questions about Farmington Area Public Schools’ preparation for COVID-19, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (651)463-5013. 


Additional Resources:

Minnesota Department of Health resources:

— In English: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basics.pdf

— In Spanish: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basicsspanish.pdf

— In Somali: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basicssomali.pdf



Previous Messages Sent to Families:

From the 2020-2021 School Year: 
January 5, Elementary Learning Model Update

November 13, Upcoming Transition to Distance Learning November 6, Learning Model Update October 27, Hybrid Schedule Update & COVID-19 Outlook October 14, Fall Update from Superintendent Berg September 11, Food Service Update, Fall 2020 September 4, Important Health Reminders August 5, School Begins in Hybrid Model

July 31, Fall Learning Update 

July 24, Hybrid Learning Options - Your Feedback Requested

July 21, Optional Distance Learning

July 15, Back to School Planning - Your Feedback Requested


From the 2019-2020 School Year:

April 23, 2020 - Schools Closed for Remainder of Year

2019-2020 Superintendent Video Updates (Every Friday, Beginning April 3)

March 25, 2020 - Distance Learning to Begin March 30

March 17, 2020 - Resources for Families 

March 16, 2020 - Meals and Childcare (March 17-20) 

March 16, 2020 - Update on School Closing March 17-20

March 15, 2020

March 13, 2020

March 10, 2020 

February 28, 2020