These frequently asked questions will be updated often as we continue to hear from our community. In all of our work, we will prioritize the safety and wellbeing of students and staff and work to personalize learning for each student.
Yes. We are taking the family unit into account as we look at student schedules.
In general, we are not able to accommodate requests for families to move their assigned group and at school learning days. The school will consider requests on a case-by-case basis with a focus on student need.
For recess, classrooms will individually schedule their time outside so that there is no more than one classroom on the equipment and limited classrooms on the field/hard surface at one time to ensure physical distancing. Students will be expected to wash their hands immediately before going to recess and when they come back inside. Staff will be present to assist in maintaining appropriate physical distance. Face masks will not be required outside.
PreK 3 and PreK 4
We are currently planning to offer hybrid programming for PreK 3 and PreK 4 after school starting with distance learning. Families have the opportunity to select Heights from Home (distance learning) for their child enrolled in PreK 3 or PreK 4.
Preschool programming will be prepared to move into different learning models throughout the program year, including going to Heights from Home format as needed.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
We are currently planning to offer most ECFE classes in a hybrid format with small groups in multiple rooms. One ECFE class is offered only as distance learning.
Family input will continue to guide design of programming for the fall and throughout 2020-2021. We are engaging with our ECFE families to understand interest in coming on site and/or connecting in other ways to support their families and children’s development.
All Home Visits will be offered through virtual methods or over the phone.
Early Childhood Screening
All Early Childhood Screening will be conducted through virtual methods. Early Childhood Screening is required within 90 days of beginning kindergarten.
Yes, fee-based after school and non-school day child care for school age children will be available through Adventure Club for students in kindergarten through grade 5. Mini Adventures fee-based child care for children ages 3-5 is also available from 6:30 am- 6pm.
Childcare for Tier 1 essential workers will be available per Executive Order 20-82 at no cost during the school day for children up to age 12 when the district is operating in a hybrid model or distance learning stage.
All activities and interested-based clubs are currently being reviewed to determine if they meet Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. More details to come.
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has decided to move ahead with the following fall sports as planned. The fall season began Aug. 17 for: Girls Tennis, Girls Swimming & Diving, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer.
Originally, Volleyball, Football and Bowling were postponed until spring 2021. The MSHSL Board of Directors approved the reconsideration placement of Football and Volleyball back to the fall season. The football season will begin Monday, Sept. 28 with the first of six regular games the week of Oct. 5. A two-week, postseason will begin the week of Nov. 16. Volleyball will begin an 11-week season Monday, Sept. 28 with first matches played Thursday, Oct. 8. Two weeks of postseason play will begin the week of Nov. 30.
View the CHPS press release. View MSHSL's official press release.
Volleyball and Football Fall Training Seasons
Start Date - Sept. 14, 2020
End Date - Oct. 3, 2020
Maximum Number of daily sessions per sport - 12
Adapted Soccer Training Sessions
Start Date - Sept. 21, 2020
End Date - Oct.23, 2020
Maximum Number of daily sessions - 8
*The MAAA has recommended that the Adapted Soccer Fall Training Season replace the interscholastic competitive Adapted Soccer Season for fall 2020. A final decision on this recommendation will come from the MSHSL Board of Directors soon.
Spring Sport Fall Training Seasons
Start Date - Oct. 5, 2020
End Date - Oct.24, 2020
Maximum Number of daily sessions per sport - 12
Practice Plans are being developed and registration will open soon. Questions? Contact the Athletics & Activities Department at 763-528-4511.
We heard from students and parents this spring that they would like to see/experience more “live,” real-time learning. In our planning for fall we are placing a greater emphasis on daily live instruction, and on small group learning.
Yes, the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81 mandates all Minnesotans wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses starting on July 25, 2020. The Executive Order applies to everyone, making exemptions for children who are five-years-old and under, and those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering.
Included in those settings where masks will be required, are school buildings, both public and nonpublic. Face coverings are generally required for all students, staff, and other persons present in any kindergarten through grade 12 school buildings or district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles.
Exemptions include: Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who have a medical condition that compromises their ability to breathe, and individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. For exemptions, work with the school administration. Doctor's note required.
Face masks are required indoors for students (ages 5 and above) and staff.
Please consult your building principal who will connect with the appropriate health leaders to determine acceptable alternatives.
The District will provide masks to all students and staff, and all are able to wear their own mask if preferred.
Every K-12 student will receive one cloth face covering. When on site, students are expected to wear a face covering. For more information view the FAQs.
Every school will receive three disposable face masks per student.
The state mandate allows for alternative face coverings in certain situations including, but not limited to, when there is a medical or developmental reason to not wear a cloth mask. In these situations, parents should contact their school principal to request this accommodation.
Students are required to wear face masks/coverings on the bus. There will be information and training provided to students and bus drivers. At a minimum, bus drivers will provide a verbal reminder for students to wear their masks. Refusal to comply will result in a referral to school administration who will contact families and possibly suspend transportation privileges.
- Physical spaces are maintained at 50 percent capacity or less and physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Entrances and exits may be modified as necessary to regulate traffic flow and access.
- Hallways may be made one way to create traffic flow patterns that maximize physical distancing.
- Classroom and school schedules will limit physical interactions beyond a student’s classroom and team.- Floor markings will reinforce physical distancing requirements in waiting areas.
- Student seating will be arranged to ensure there is at least 6 feet between students.
- Safety signage throughout the building will reinforce protocols (hand washing, physical distancing.)
- Drinking water will be available through filling stations (water bottles to come from home) and single use cups; No drinking fountains.
No visitors will be allowed unless pre-approved by the building principal, site supervisor.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or loss of taste of smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.
Yes, when the school is in Phases 1, 2 or 3.
Students/parents/guardians and staff are required to complete self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or loss of taste of smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If COVID-19 symptoms are present, the student/staff member should not come to school and inform the school.
The student will be sent to the health office where the school nurse will work with the District COVID-19 Coordinator and will use guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health to determine next steps, including if the student needs to be isolated and excluded from school.
If isolation is required, the student will go to the designated triage room, which is a designated space in each school building, and continue to wear their face mask until a guardian is able to pick them up.
Siblings will also be considered as a part of the screening process and may be subject to any need for isolation.
The school will provide families resources and guidance regarding COVID-19 testing and the length of time the student will need to stay out of school.
The family will work with the school nurse on any plans for the student to return.
Each school building has a triage room which is a designated triage space.
The individual must stay home for at least 10 days since symptoms began AND until no fever for at least 1 day without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members stay home for 14 days. Other staff and students exposed to the individual will also stay home/quarantine for 14 days.
If someone in your household shows symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, you need to inform the school. School nurses will help you determine next steps.
No. Students must remain out of school while they await test results. There is a minimum exclusion of 10 days. Families are not required to share test status or results with the school, however, they must follow self-isolation guidance. Students may only return to school after a minimum of 10 days AND symptoms are improving AND if they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. We will follow MDH guidance for “What to do While you Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result”
We will partner with the Minnesota Department of Health in any situation where someone tests positive for COVID-19, and they will guide us on the notification process. Generally speaking, the school or district will communicate with any individuals/families of individuals who had contact with any positive case as recommended and directed by MDH.
Notifications fall into two categories: notification of exposure to a positive case without close contact and notification of exposure and need for self-isolation based on the potential of close contact. The notifications would also include recommendations from MDH.
Notifications depend on the breadth of exposure and interaction with others. Generally, the scope of communication will minimally be sent to:
Elementary (PreK 4-grade 5) – Families of the entire classroom group; all staff that worked directly with the student or staff that tested positive and building and district leadership.
Middle/High School: Families of the impacted learning team, families of other students that may have been in elective classes with the student of staff that tested positive; all staff that worked directly with the student or staff that tested positive and building and district leadership.