COVID-19 Resources for Families
We appreciate the help and support of our staff, students and families as we address this continually evolving situation. We’ll continue to communicate as often as possible through a variety of venues, including this web page.
- Student tested positive for COVID-19 (lab confirmed case)
- Student experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and awaiting test results
- Student experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but has not been tested
- Student's been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- Student's household member experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- The MN Dept of Health’s About COVID-19 Vaccine web page includes information on the vaccine and what to expect before, during and after vaccination.
- The What You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines document provides answers to many questions families may have.
- There are several ways to schedule a vaccination for 12 to 17 year olds:
- Use the Vaccines.gov to find a local vaccine. Under “vaccine” make sure to check the box for Pfizer.
- Schedule an appointment through Minnesota’s Community Vaccination Program. If all appointments are booked, sign up for the Vaccine Connector. The Vaccine Connector will indicate when appointments become available.
- Reach out to the child’s health care provider to inquire about an appointment for vaccination.
- Look for information from your middle or high school about local opportunities.
The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.
They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19
- Testing has never been easier – you can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your health care provider. All options are quick and free to you.
- You can sign your entire family up to get tested at the same time at a community testing site. If someone in your family prefers to speak in another language besides English, in-person or language line assistance is available. Test sites are doing everything they can to make sure sites are clean, safe, and comfortable for everyone.
- Teachers, school staff, and coaches are already getting tested regularly. We owe it to them to do the same. By wearing a mask and getting tested regularly, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools and sports open.
- Data for K-12 Schools: 14-Day COVID19 Case Rate By County - Subject to Update
- Access St. Louis County MN COVID-19 Dashboard - Check bi-weekly case rates for schools
- Message from St. Louis County - 3/21
- Lead School Nurse COVID Update - 3/21
- Lead School Nurse COVID Update - 1/21
- Lead School Nurse COVID Update
Families are asked to check temperatures and conduct home symptom screening before sending children to school. Keep children home if they have a fever or symptoms. Please review the following information from the Minnesota Department of Health and keep the Home Screening Tool handy for daily checks.
Download the MDH Home Screening Tool
Download the COVID Attendance Guide for Parents and Families
Please report your child's illness and absence to your school.
Please make sure your child has a face mask. 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 will be required to wear cloth face coverings, (unless medically exempt). Only students with documented medical conditions and/or IEP team determined cognitive or behavioral health concerns will be allowed to not wear a mask.
Schools must report all confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the MN Department of Health (MDH) or their local public health agency. Briefly, confirmed cases are reported to the ISD 709 COVID Contact and the MN Department of Health or local public health agency.
- MDH or the local public health agency conduct a case investigation and identify anyone who potentially has been exposed to the confirmed case.
- MDH or the local public health agency notifies those who have been exposed and provides them with information about how to protect themselves, their families and their communities.
- The ISD 709 COVID Contact is asked to assist in the notification process of all close contacts.
- Throughout the process HIPAA/FERPA data privacy laws are followed.
- Facilities staff follow guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting
Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth & Child Care Programs
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.
How to Wear Your Mask (1 min)
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.
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