Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan
About the Response Plan
2020-21 School Year
Updated August 19, 2020
On August 6, 2020, the Minnetonka School Board was presented with seven scenarios for the start of the 2020-21 school year and voted unanimously to approve a hybrid learning option. The plan focuses, first and foremost, on providing a safe environment for all the students and staff who will be in our buildings. Families who are not comfortable with in-person learning will be able to choose an e-learning option. The goal is to make sure that every family is able to make the most appropriate choice for them.
General Health & Safety Guidelines* for In-Person Learning
The District considers the health and safety of students and staff to be a top priority. Below are the current guidelines that we will be instituting to provide a safe environment for all.
*Please note these guidelines will continue to be updated as we learn more from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Guidelines will be based on the recommendations of MDH, which can and do change. We will adjust accordingly.
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?
- 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 Regarding Back to School: 9-3-2020
- Message from the School Board and superintendent: 8-11-2020
- 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)
- Minnesota Department of Health
- MDH COVID-19 Hotline: 651-201-3920