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Coronovirus Resources & Information 

Please see the resources below for guidance on exclusion for those in schools, youth and child care programs, COVID-19 Case reporting, and Staff FAQs. Please note this information is subject to change based on updated information from the CDC, MDH, MDE and others.

2020/2021 Coronovirus Response Guide 

This guide is intended to serve as a resource for staff regarding COVID-19 practices, policies, procedures, etc. Please keep in mind that this information contained herein is rapidly evolving; employees are encouraged to visit the sites directly for the most up-to-date information from the Governor, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

ISD 709 Staff Frequently Asked Questions
This document will be updated as necessary.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The FFCRA created two new forms of leave related to COVID-19; Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)  amd Public Health Emergency Leave. Click the link above for additional information.

Based on guidance from the MN Department of Health.  Briefly:
  • If an ISD 709 employee tests positive for COVID they're asked to report it to the District COVID Contact at
  • The District COVID Contact is responsible for all notification and communication.
  • If principals, program managers, or other district staff are notified of a positive case first, they are directed to report to District COVID Contact and take no other action.
  • Staff must maintain confidentiality and not contact others. HIPAA/FERPA data privacy laws.
Follow the appropriate path if a child, student, or staff person is experiencing the following symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

MDH COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents & Families
Staying home when you are sick is one of our best ways to fight COVID-19. Keeping sick children and children who are exposed to COVID-19 away from others helps stop the spread of the virus to other children, staff, and the surrounding community. Parents and guardians can use this guide to understand when their child can attend school, youth programs, and child care during COVID-19.

Face masks are required in school and on buses. 
Per the Governor’s Executive Order, and Duluth Public Schools policy all students older than 5 years of age and staff are required to wear cloth face coverings, (unless medically exempt) in buildings and on school buses. Only students and staff with documented medical conditions and/or students with IEP team determined cognitive or behavioral health concerns will be allowed to not wear a mask.

From the MN Department of Health, Mental Health Support
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of stress, fear and anxiety for many people. It’s important that Minnesotans have access to the mental health care resources they need to stay well during this challenging time. State agencies are working together to ensure these services are available, and they are also connecting people with private organizations that can provide support. This includes telemedicine resources (which replace clinic visits) and other well-being supports to help families and individuals cope.

COVID Safety Tips for Individuals & Families
Helpful tips from the Minnesota Department of Health for athletic activities & sports, social gatherings, dining at restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities and more.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Information

We hope that all employees and their families are staying safe and healthy in these very difficult and uncertain times.  We wanted to let you know about some expanded sick leave and childcare leave options that may be available to you under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  If after reviewing all of the information you still have questions about FFCRA, please contact Benefits for assistance.

Please feel free to contact your carrier (BCBS, Health Partners or PreferredOne) directly with coverage questions by calling the number on the back of your ID cards.


Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.


Resources: MN Department of Health

COVID-19 Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Resources: St. Louis County Health Department