Health and Safety Restrictions

Health and Safety Restrictions Remain in Place for Schools
Posted on 05/07/2021

Today Governor Tim Walz announced a timeline to ease restrictions related to COVID-19. 

Though this is welcome news, our youngest students still do not have access to a vaccine. As a result, the state has announced that Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan remains in place for all schools through the end of the school year. In addition, the health and safety measures like mask wearing, hand washing, social distancing and 14-day quarantines will remain in place through at least the last day of school. The previously announced plans for graduations will also remain unchanged.

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) continues to review new guidance for summer programming.

Because vaccines have only recently been made available to ages 16+, the 14-day quarantine remains the safest way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. This is especially important as we approach graduation season. If students have close contact with an infected person, they will need to remain out of school for a minimum of 14 days. Please note that school staff cannot change your child’s quarantine period.

  • The Minnesota Department of Health guidelines call for a 14-day quarantine as the safest option to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • A negative COVID-19 test does not allow students to return from quarantine early.
  • Shortened quarantine periods are not possible, in part, due to social distancing requirements that cannot be met in the school environment.
  • Individuals who have previously contracted COVID-19 and recovered within the last 90 days or have received their final dose of a vaccine series, should contact their school to provide documentation before they are allowed to return.

Thank you for your continued support to help SoWashCo Schools end the year strong. Your partnership has allowed us to be one of the few metro public schools to have students in our buildings for most of the year.