About the Response Plan
Start of the 2020-21 School Year
Updated August 3, 2020
Seven possible learning plan options to start the school year were developed by teams of teachers, administrators and parents and have been reviewed by additional feedback groups of teachers and parents. They are now being finalized and will be presented to the School Board at the Board’s August 6 meeting for their consideration.
The School Board will select the option Minnetonka Schools will implement for the start of the 2020-21 school year either at its August 6 meeting or at a special meeting shortly thereafter, if they feel they need more time to consider the options.
This plan will be updated after the School Board has made it's decision on which option will be employed.
Q&A on Opening Schools During COVID19 Pandemic
Please note, the information below is based on Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines as of July 22, 2020. Guidelines can and do change frequently (length of time for close contact, for example) and specific details of a concern/situation/positive result will be examined by MDH on a case by case basis as they arise. District protocol may also be adjusted in the below scenarios, as MDH and CDC update their guidelines.
**The term “close contact” is used several times in the answers below. Close contact is currently defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset.
- When is someone required to quarantine?
- If a teacher or staff member tests positive, do all of the students who interact with that teacher or staff member need to stay home and quarantine?
- When does someone need to be tested? Who pays for that?
- Will schools provide testing?
- Will parents be notified when there is a case of COVID-19 in their child’s class/school?
- What happens on the buses?
The District has seen several scenario-based questions circulating. To provide some clarity for families and staff, here are current answers regarding such scenarios. Please note, this information may be subject to change as the CDC and MDH update their guidelines and recommendations for schools.
- If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 are they required to quarantine for 2-3 weeks?
- If that teacher has five classes each day with 30 students each, do all 150 of those students need to then stay home and quarantine for 14 days?
- Would all 150 of those students now have to get tested? Who pays for those tests? Are they happening at school? How are the parents being notified? Does everyone in each of those students' families need to get tested? Who pays for that?
- What if someone who lives in the same house as a teacher (or staff member) tests positive?
- Does that teacher (or staff member) now need to take 14 days off of work to quarantine?
- Substitutes teach in multiple schools. What if they are diagnosed with COVID-19? Do all the kids in each school now have to quarantine and get tested? Who is going to pay for that?
- What if a student in your child's class tests positive? What if your child tests positive? Does every other student and teacher get notified that they have been quarantined? Do we all get notified who is infected and when?
- What if a student's family member tests positive but not the student? Does the teacher have a paid quarantine? Do the students in the classroom quarantine? Do the nutrition staff quarantine because they were in contact with the student?
- What happens on the buses? How often will bus drivers be tested? What happens if a bus driver tests positive? How will parents of students on each of the routes be informed? What about social distancing on the bus?
- If a bus driver tests positive, do they quarantine for 2-3 weeks?
- Do each of the students who have ridden with a bus driver who tested positive have to quarantine as a precaution?
- What about if a student has ridden on the bus whose previous driver had tested positive? Do those students quarantine, as well? What about the teachers of the students that rode the bus with a driver who was positive?
Messages from the Superintendent
- Message from the superintendent: 7-24-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 6-18-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 6-3-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 5-31-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 4-23-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 4-3-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 3-25-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 3-20-2020
- Message from the superintendent regarding start of online learning: 3-16-2020
- Message regarding from the superintendent school closure: 3-15-2020
- Message from the superintendent regarding sports: 3-14-2020
- Message from the superintendent regarding events: 3-14-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 3-12-2020
- Message from the superintendent: 2-28-2020
Other Messages from the district
- Message regarding Wilson Reading System: 3-27-2020
- Message to ECSE Parents: 3-25-2020
- Parents and Guardians of Students with 504 Plans: March 25, 2020
- Message to special education families: 3-18-2020
- Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- MDH COVID-19 Hotline: 651-201-3920