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COVID-19 FAQs

  • How do I know if I should keep my student home from school?

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    According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    If a child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, it will be handled as any other illness.

    We know news reports surrounding COVID-19 can cause anxiety and fear for our students and we will do our best to address any concerns. We are committed to ensuring students are supported with love, compassion, and care.

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  • I can’t tell if my child has a bad cold, the flu or COVID-19? How long should I keep them home?

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    Keep your child home from school until 24 hours after the fever is gone (WITHOUT use of fever reducing medicine) and is well enough to participate in routine activities. Contact your licensed healthcare provider with questions.

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  • Will this be an excused absence?

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    If a family calls reporting they feel uncomfortable sending their student to school or the student feels ill, standard attendance policies will apply, in accordance Board Policy 503.

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  • How will CHPS decide if a school needs to be closed -- and for how long will it be closed?

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    Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-02 to close all schools to students beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020 ("Closure Period").

    CHPS is in continuing conversations with our local partners including the Department of Health and Anoka County. If there is a need to close schools, a closure will most likely range from 1 to 14 days and decisions will generally follow established guidelines around exposure or large scale absences. These guidelines may change due to circumstances or further guidance from health officials.

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  • How is CHPS ensuring that surfaces are kept clean?

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    The CHPS Facilities team is working diligently to ensure standard cleaning procedures are enhanced with additional attention to regularly touched items in common spaces in our schools, such as light switches and door knobs. As always, CHPS only uses cleaning products and disinfecting products approved for use around all children.

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  • Are buses regularly cleaned?

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    Buses are not currently transporting students, but meals are being transported to food sites around the community via buses.

    Bus drivers have a regular spot-check and wipe after completion of each trip and will be provided with supplies to make this a more extensive wipe-down of regularly touched parts of each bus. CHPS has a procedure in place for extensive cleaning of an entire bus interior should the need arise.

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