COVID-19 FAQs

Farmington Area Public Schools 

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


Last update: March 18, 2022


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 2021-22 School Year FAQ linked here.

 

 

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Are isolation or quarantine required? 

Isolation Requirements (5 Days)

Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home. (ref: CDC)

 

  • Learners who test positive for COVID-19 and/or have COVID-19 like symptoms as described by the MDH and CDC are required to isolate for 5 days.
  • If they are without symptoms or their symptoms are resolving (which means the student is without a fever for 24 hours without the use of medication and feels well) they may return to school after 5 days of isolation, but must wear a well-fitting facemask (face covering) to minimize the risk of infecting others for the next 5 days while at school, no matter the district’s mitigation status.
  • Learners may return to school prior to 5 full days of isolation with a negative COVID-19 test or alternative diagnosis from a health care provider if they are symptom free or their symptoms are resolving (which means the student is without a fever for 24 hours without the use of medication and feels well).


RESOURCES: Isolation Flowchart for Learners


Quarantine Requirements (5 Days)

Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. (ref: CDC)

  • Learners who are exposed to someone in their household infected with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 like symptoms and are unvaccinated are required to quarantine for 5 full days and must wear a well-fitting facemask (face covering) for an additional 5 days while back at school.
  • Learners who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days are not required to quarantine if they are symptom free.
  • ISD 192 is not requiring quarantine due to exposure in a school setting; however, as families learn of an exposure in an ISD 192 setting they should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 

RESOURCES: Quarantine Flowchart for Learners

If you have any questions about isolation, quarantine, or when your student can return to school after isolating or quarantining, please contact your school nurse.

Are face coverings required in ISD 192 buildings and busses?

  • As of January 3, 2022, face coverings in all district buildings are strongly recommended but not required (except for 5 days following isolation/quarantine as described above).
  • As of February 28, 2022, face coverings are not required on district provided transportation (except for 5 days following isolation/quarantine as described above).
  • It is a federal requirement that face coverings are worn in all district health offices. 

What type of face coverings are recommended?

The Minnesota Department of Health has published Recommendations for Wearing Masks (click here to view), which include:

  • MDH recommends wearing a high-quality mask to help limit COVID-19, including variants like Omicron. Examples of high-quality masks include N95 or KN95 masks, which are very good at blocking droplets.
  • If you do not have this type of mask, wear a mask with two or more layers of tightly woven fabric. You can also layer a disposable mask under a cloth mask to increase effectiveness. The cloth mask should press the edges of the disposable mask snugly against your face.
  • Do not wear face coverings made of thinner, loosely woven, or single-layer fabric such as certain types of masks, scarves, neck gaiters, or bandannas. They are not as effective for blocking droplets that come out when speaking, coughing, or sneezing. If you wear a scarf or neck gaiter for warmth, also wear a mask underneath it.
  • Any masks that incorporate a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are NOT sufficient face coverings because they allow droplets to be released from the mask.

How can Minnesotans get a COVID-19 Vaccine?


Children Ages 5 and Older
Minnesotans looking to vaccinate their child can: 
- Visit mn.gov/vaxforkids to find clinic locations near you.  
- Check with their pediatrician, family medicine clinic or pharmacy about appointments. 
- Watch for vaccination clinics being offered at schools or other community locations around Minnesota. 

Before you go, make sure the vaccine location provides the Pfizer vaccine to 5-11-year-olds. Not all Pfizer vaccine providers will have the vials specifically packaged for 5-11 year old doses in their supply. 

Minnesotans with questions about the vaccine can also call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053. The hotline is available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Adults: 
Minnesotans can Find Vaccine Locations and sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies near them. If you are looking for a specific vaccine product, you can sort by product at Vaccines.gov or at Minnesota: Find a Vaccination Clinic.

 

How can Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test?

  • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state's 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.
  • Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
  • Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.
  • ISD 192 now offers the Cue molecular COVID-19 test to students over the age of two years old who develop symptoms at school, with permission from their guardians, and to symptomatic staff members. Parents/guardians will need to give written permission for students to be tested. This permission will be collected via an e-signature through a Google Workspace for Education form. Nurses will contact parents/guardians to offer these tests as needed and collect permission. 

Who should get tested?


According to the Minnesota Department of Health: 

  • Even if you are vaccinated, Minnesotans should get tested: 
    • if you have symptoms of the virus;
    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;
    • if you are returning from international travel;
    • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart. 
  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).
  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance. 

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?")?

As a reminder all families must complete a Daily Health Screening prior to sending learners to school.

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 in English)
Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs in Hmong (PDF)
— Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs in Somali (PDF)
— Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs in Spanish (PDF)


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? 

ISD 192 will use and interpret the MSHSL guidelines as a basis for its COVID-19 safety plans regarding activities and athletics.  If face coverings become required for students in grades 9-12, the MSHSL guidelines will be applied to Minnesota State High School League activities in this way:

- Outdoor activities: no masking required

- Indoor activities:

-Students will wear a face mask indoors unless they are actively engaged in an athletic drill, scrimmage, performance, or competition. Students may choose to wear a face mask during an athletic drill, scrimmage, performance, or competition.

-Coaches will wear a face mask indoors unless they are actively engaged in coaching a drill, scrimmage, performance, or competition. Coaches may choose to wear a face mask during an athletic drill, scrimmage, performance, or competition.

Note: These guidelines are subject to change without advance notice. 


How is ISD 192 using COVID Relief Funding?

Please refer to the ISD 192 COVID Relief Funding Brief linked 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 information 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 about traveling outside the area? 

We request that families be aware of, and comply with, the recommendations of the CDwith 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 2021-2022 School Year:
August 24, 2021,Updated Fall Protocols
July 29, Fall 2021 Health and Safety Information

 

 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