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SLP School Board Revises Face Covering Policy Effective Immediately

March 8, 2022

Masks (face coverings) are not required to be worn in St. Louis Park Public Schools buildings or transportation (including school buses), following the School Board's approval of a revision to Policy 808 - COVID-19 Face Coverings.

Mask wearing is recommended for all stakeholders regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, and visitors may choose to wear a mask based on personal preference and/or informed by personal risk; and their choice to do so will be supported in all district buildings.

At the March 8 school board meeting, the board approved revisions to the policy in alignment to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised guidance on masks in K-12 and early education settings. Specifically, face coverings will only be required when five percent or more of the students and/or staff who attend or work at a St. Louis Park Public School or other facility test positive for COVID-19, or when community levels of COVID-19 are high.

On February 25, the CDC announced the COVID-19 Community Levels framework to serve as a new guide for monitoring and prevention strategies. This guidance is recommended for all communities, including schools, child care, and other youth settings, to use in determining when to apply mitigation practices such as face coverings and physical distancing.

This framework places communities in categories of low, medium and high. Use of face coverings is optional when the community level is low or medium, and recommended when the level is high, according to the updated guidance. At present, no schools or other facilities within SLP Schools meet the threshold for masks to be required.

For a detailed description of when mask wearing will be required in buildings and at public events, please review:

PLEASE NOTE: Mask wearing will continue to be required in the following environments and conditions:

  • Students in our early childhood programs (regardless of vaccination status).

  • Staff and students who tested positive for COVID and who have completed the five-day isolation period followed by a negative test who are required to mask for days 6-10 following the initial positive COVID test.

  • Staff in our Health Services offices who provide direct services to students.

  • Students who are demonstrating symptoms of COVID or who are being sent home for other health-related reasons and are waiting to return home.

More COVID Protocols & Procedures

COVID Tests Available for Students & Staff

Additional rapid-result COVID antigen tests have been ordered and are now available at sites. Tests can be requested at the front office of a student’s school or staff’s primary work location. The newest test that has become available is the BD Veritor nasal swab test. One test kit (containing two tests) may be requested at a time. BD Veritor tests are app enabled and require a smartphone and internet connection. An alternative test option will be supplied to families that do not have access to a smartphone and internet connection. 

Students that are not enrolled in St. Louis Park Public schools such as siblings, relatives, children of staff, will need to request a test from their school/school district or leverage other testing resources. Relatives of staff will also need to leverage local testing resources. More information on community testing options are listed below. Please contact Flower Krutina, krutina.flower@slpschools.org, with questions. 

What is the BD Veritor antigen rapid test?

The BD Veritor nasal swab at-home test is a rapid antigen test that can be used by anyone over the age of two. Each kit includes two tests per box. In order to take the test, you are required to download the Scanwell Health App on an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel smartphone. The app will guide you through the testing process and will take about 20 minutes to complete.

BD Veritor Additional Information
BD Veritor Quick Start Guide

Additional Local Testing Options


 

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.