COVID-19 Info

Informing families of plans for the school year based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

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Fall 2021 mitigation strategies to keep our students in school

Our efforts this year will focus on keeping our students safe and in our buildings for in-person learning. In order to do so, White Bear Lake Area Schools will follow a Mitigation Plan that uses two indicators of county-level transmission levels (7-day case rate per 100,000 and 7-day positivity rate in Ramsey/Washington Counties as found in the CDC Data Tracker) to determine mitigation strategies that will be implemented in our buildings and on district transportation. The plan aligns with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. 

We are following the MDH COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care.

With the transmission rates for both Ramsey County and Washington County at High, the strategies listed below are being implemented:

Face coverings

Face coverings are our best mitigation strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings and keep our students in school for in-person learning because they significantly reduce the need for quarantine in the case of exposure.

  • Face coverings required for all age 2+, regardless of vaccination status, while in district buildings
  • Face coverings required for all age 2+, regardless of vaccination status, on student transportation, per federal requirement
  • Face coverings will not be required outdoors

The Board recently approved changes made to School Board Policy 808, Face Coverings and Policy 808, Exemption Form. Information can be found at the district’s School Board Policy page. Questions regarding the implementation of this policy can be directed to your child’s school health office.

District mitigation efforts

The district will continue various mitigation efforts: Sharing information about the vaccine, staying home when ill, hand hygiene, ventilation, cleaning, contact tracing and notification will be implemented in all transmission levels. In yellow/orange/red transmission levels, physical distancing will be implemented to the extent possible.

Testing for Covid-19 (Post Exposure)

For those who are vaccinated:

  • Recommended 3-5 days after an exposure
  • Required for symptoms
  • Antigen or PCR

For those who are unvaccinated

  • Required for symptoms (PCR)
  • Strongly recommended 5-7 days after exposure
  • Routine testing recommended

Quarantine (Post Exposure)

  • For those who are vaccinated, no quarantine is required if asymptomatic
  • For those who are unvaccinated and unmasked, quarantine required (work with the school health office for your student’s return date)
  • For those who are unvaccinated and all parties masked, no quarantine required if asymptomatic

Note: MDH may provide specific quarantine recommendations

Quarantine (Household Exposure)

  • For those who are unvaccinated, a 14-day quarantine is required for household contacts
  • For those who are vaccinated, there is no required quarantine so long as you remain symptom free

Tested Positive: Isolate and notify School Health Office

  • Everyone: stay home 10 days from symptom onset

Vaccination Clinics

  • Find COVID-19 vaccine appointments using the Vaccine Finder at https://www.vaccines.gov/. Appointments can be searched by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer).
  • The district will continue to work with Ramsey County to facilitate vaccination events for community members

The information listed above applies to those families who have chosen traditional school for 2021-22. Families also have the option of enrolling their child(ren) in the district’s Distance Learning Academy, which serves students in grades K-12. Information about this online opportunity can be found here.

We will continue to monitor county-level transmission levels throughout the school year. We will inform families if the rates indicate we should change to another level of mitigation strategies.

Questions regarding the district’s mitigation efforts can be directed to your child’s school health office or principal.

COVID-19 Dashboard

County-level transmission levels

Currently, the transmission rate for both Ramsey County and Washington County is High.
 

Our efforts this year will focus on keeping our students safe and in our buildings for in-person learning. In order to do so, White Bear Lake Area Schools will follow a Mitigation Plan that uses two indicators of county-level transmission levels (7-day case rate per 100,000 and 7-day positivity rate in Ramsey/Washington Counties as found in the CDC Data Tracker) to determine mitigation strategies that will be implemented in our buildings and on district transportation. The plan aligns with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. 

We are following the MDH COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care.

District COVID-19 Cases

White Bear Lake Area Schools is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health for contract tracing and notifications.

During the time we are in the Full Distance Learning Model for K-12 students, the Dashboard will reflect case/quarantine rates for students who are on-site for school-age care or for in-person education experiences provided for special populations. The staff data included will reflect case/quarantine rates of staff members who are working on-site.

The table will be updated every week on Friday. Please note that the table may include some cases of students or staff members who were not at school during the time they were contagious.

The District COVID-19 Cases information reflects positive and quarantine case numbers we have been made aware of. It may not reflect all cases in our school community.

(Reported Sept. 17 - representing cases reported Sept. 10 - Sept. 16)

In order to protect student and staff privacy, if the number is less than 3, a <3 is noted.

Diagnosis Reporting Form

In order to facilitate the district’s COVID-19 contact tracing, please let us know through this form if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please also call your school’s attendance line (for students) or submit an absence in Skyward (for staff) if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
 

COVID-19 Diagnosis Reporting Form

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Preventative Measures

As we all work to be healthy, it is important to remember to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. 
  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.