Current Covid School Info & Distance Learning Guidelines
All Saints Catholic School COVID-19 Dashboard
This data includes the number of positive cases reported to All Saints Catholic School by staff and students that were in the building while considered contagious. Building data is updated as All Saints learns of new cases and quarantines/isolations. This data is for information reported solely about All Saints Catholic School students and staff (PreK - 8th grade). This data does not represent parish staff, FEP students/staff, or parishioners. This data does not represent positive cases reported to the school in which the individual was not in the building while positive or household positive cases. County case data is updated weekly by the Minnesota Department of Health. However, MDH reporting on county data lags behind by two weeks.
In coordination with our District COVID-19 Coordinator, the school administration and health office continue to review the following COVID-19 data. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to changing learning models. Decisions must be based on clear trends and operational feasibility, not on a single data point. We also cannot rely solely on case numbers. For example, if we had a staffing shortage due to wide-spread illness, a move to Distance Learning might need to happen even if the case data supported a different learning model. All Saints takes into consideration several data points and sources:
- All Saints Catholic School COVID-19 positive case and quarantine/isolation data (PreK - 8th grade + staff associated with).
- Staffing and operational capacity and readiness, including substitute teacher coverage, support staff coverage, educator workload, and operational capabilities such as busing and food services.
- State of Minnesota COVID-19 data by county, specifically for Dakota County.
|Quarantined due to Positive Results, Close Contact or Symptoms||Books & assignments will be ready to pick up within 48 hours.|
|Choosing to transition to Distance Learning, such as times when cases are rising, self-quarantining for personal reasons||Notify Heath Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and Classroom/Homeroom teacher(s) by 10:00am the previous Wednesday to transition the following Monday.|
* Reminder: Transitioning back to in-person learning will take place at mid-tri or at the end of the trimester (March 8 or April 26).
If a classroom and the teacher are quarantined, the first day of quarantine will be used for the teacher to prepare for distance learning. On the second day, distance learning for the whole class will begin.
All Saints cannot monitor the travel and activities of families and staff. We can make you aware of current recommendations by state and national public health agencies and urge you to abide by their recommendations and the protocols that help prevent the spread of COVID-19, whether you are away or at home. Our primary focus is the safety of students and staff and to preserve the in-person learning and activities in place as allowed by current COVID conditions.
Here are key points of information:
- MDH highly discourages out-of-state travel.
- MDH recommends a 14-day quarantine upon return to the state.
- MDH recommends being tested 3-5 days after return to the state. (Here is a link to order no cost adult and child COVID-19 Test at Home)
- As of Jan. 26, 2021, the CDC requires all air passengers, including U.S. citizens, arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country be tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Travelers must provide proof of a negative test result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 before boarding the flight.
Does All Saints require a 14-day quarantine after travel?
When families or staff elect to travel, they must decide if their activity adhered to COVID mitigation protocols such that they will not risk exposing other students or staff by returning immediately, against the MDH recommendation to quarantine.
Again, All Saints cannot monitor these behaviors and must rely on returning students and staff to act responsibly and in the best interest of those around them. Only you can answer the question “should I quarantine before returning?”
Ask yourself these questions which are based on the MDH/CDC recommendations:
- Was I able to maintain 6 feet of distance from anyone who did not travel with me, both indoors and outdoors?
- Did I wear a mask covering my mouth and nose when in shared spaces, including public transportation?
- If you shared a household or space with others from outside of your own household, did you and they wear masks when in shared spaces?
- Did you practice safe hand hygiene, washing often with soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol?
- Was I around anyone who had symptoms of COVID-19 or was quarantining due to exposure or a positive test?
Students/staff SHOULD NOT return if…
- You have any symptoms of COVID-19
- You learn that you have had close contact with someone who has since tested positive for the virus. Contact your school’s Health Services Office for guidance before returning.
COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families
MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19. Resources are available at COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families for more information.
- Select a family team name
- Gamify it – points earned for accomplishing something for the team (making lunch for sibling/Mom or Dad)
- Have general daily checklists
- Have specific checklists for the day
Have white boards (or white board decals) for everyone to:
- Share daily schedule
- Daily tasks to be accomplished
Determine when each family member hits their slump and adjust schedules for their schedule:
- Have longer work sessions at the productive times
- Have shorter sessions during the tougher times
- Burst working, such as 25 minutes on, 15 minutes off
- If it is hard for students to know how long they have been using technology,help them. You could set a timer or “Alexa, play “Let it Go” in 30 minutes”
Visible signage to help remind people about ability to be interrupted:
- “Shhh, I’m working now. I can play later”
- Of course you have to ensure you are available to play later.
- Helps with accountability
- Helps with realizing just how long it takes to do something.
- Student's name
- Student's grade
- Student's teacher
- Date of the absence
- Reason for absence
- If illness, list symptoms
- Your name and relationship to the student