COVID Updates & Information
St. Louis Park Public Schools will continue to follow CDC and MDH recommendations regarding quarantine for students who test positive for COVID and those who are close contacts.
Positive COVID Cases:
- Stay home for 10 days from symptom onset, OR 10 days from positive test, if no symptoms.
- People who test positive for COVID should stay at home until all three of these things are true:
- It has been 10 days since they first felt sick or tested positive;
- They are feeling better; and
- They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fever.
COVID Exposure at School:
- When a student or staff member is a close contact in school (exposed to COVID at school), they need to stay home and quarantine for either 10 days with no COVID testing or 7 days if a negative PCR test was done on day 5 or after.
- Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
Communications from School for Positive COVID Cases & Close Contacts:
- Schools and Programs will communicate with parents/guardians and families as follows:
- Parents/guardians of students who have been identified as positive COVID cases will receive a phone call from the school health office.
- Close contacts to the positive case will receive a phone call alerting them to the positive case and giving them quarantine instructions as well as a COVID-19 Fact Sheet from Hennepin County Public Health.
- Parents/guardians of students in the classroom will receive an email alerting them to a positive case in the classroom.
- Teachers and Staff will receive email notification of all positive cases in the school.
COVID Exposure at Home:
- Quarantine 14 days from last contact with the positive household member.
- When separating is not possible, the 14 day quarantine starts when the COVID positive individual finishes their isolation.
- A shortened quarantine is not an option for COVID positive household members.
Who does not need to quarantine?
- If someone is vaccinated and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if the following are true:
- The COVID exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed. They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID.
- If someone has recovered from COVID in the past 90 days and is exposed again, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:
- Their illness was laboratory confirmed in the past 90 days.
- They have fully recovered.
- They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID.
COVID Exclusion Guidelines:
"More Common Symptoms" consistent with COVID: Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F; New onset and/or worsening cough; Difficulty breathing; and New loss of taste or smell
"Less Common Symptoms" consistent with COVID: Sore throat; Nausea; Vomiting; Diarrhea; Chills; Muscle pain; Excessive fatigue; New onset of severe headache; New onset of nasal congestion or runny nose
Students with one “more common symptoms” or two “less common symptoms” will need to stay home and isolate for either 10 days from symptom onset, or they may return sooner if they test negative for COVID or receive an alternate diagnosis from their health care provider.
Siblings/household members who are not fully vaccinated, or who have not had lab confirmed COVID in the last 90 days, should stay home as well unless the ill household member tests negative for COVID or receives an alternate diagnosis.
It is possible that your student might have to quarantine at home due to a COVID exposure at some point during the 2021-22 school year. Teachers and staff at each of our buildings are committed to ensuring that students continue to learn while at home during those times of quarantine.
Click here to view detailed information by grade level (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) on what school will look like for your student during quarantine.
FOR STUDENTS: BinaxNOW Rapid Tests
If a student develops symptoms at school, they will be sent to the health office. The parent/guardian listed as the first emergency contact will be called to pick up their child (if the first emergency contact is not available, the school will move down the list of contacts). The parent/guardian will be called to pick up their child. They will be sent home with a BinaxNOW test. These tests will be completed at home. The results are rapid (15 minutes) and the parent/guardian will call the school health office to report the result to the Health Aide or Nurse, where they will receive further information as to whether or not they have to quarantine and for how long. If a student is at home and is showing symptoms of COVID, a parent/guardian can pick up a BinaxNOW test from school to administer at home.
Tests are allocated to Minnesota schools based on 2020-21 student enrollment. St. Louis Park Public Schools is waiting on the arrival of tests; an update will be sent once the tests arrive.
Information on BinaxNOW Rapid Tests is available here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/binaxotc.pdf
FOR STAFF: Vault PCR Tests
The school district’s current allocation of VAULT PCR (saliva) tests are being distributed to buildings for staff use. Testing dates will be scheduled at each site and tests will be returned via UPS mail in batches for analysis. Results are usually available 48-72 hours after samples are received at the lab. Vault tests are for staff use only and available in the school office. Once the testing dates are scheduled we will send updated information.
Information on Vault PCR Tests is available here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/vault.pdf
For additional testing opportunities for families see below.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL OPTIONS FOR TESTING:
COVID Return-to-School Guide
During the 2021-22 school year, we want to provide you with more information about the mitigation strategies we are implementing to reduce the spread of COVID. The information contained in this guide is designed to support you in the transition back-to-school this fall and will be continuously updated throughout the year.
Click here to download the latest version of the COVID Return to School Guide.