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.  

Families, please use the Student COVID Reporting Form for sharing the following COVID information with your school:
  • 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

Student COVID Reporting Form

COVID-19 Vaccines: 12 to 17 Year Olds
The Minnesota Department of Health has created a resource with information about COVID-19 vaccines for 12 to 17 year-olds.  At this time, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been studied and authorized for use by people ages 12-17 years old. Data from Pfizer vaccine studies show the vaccine is safe and effective for this age group.
COVID-19 Vaccine Quarantine Guidance
If a person (including students) has completed COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one dose series) and are identified as a close contact, they do not need to quarantine if all of the following are true:  
  • 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
If COVID-19 like symptoms develop, the individual (including students) should stay home, be tested for COVID-19, and quarantine until test results are received per the MDH decision tree. Families should send updated vaccination records to their school health office with vaccine administration dates.
 
COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends children and families get tested every two weeks, through the end of the school year.
  • 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.
Visit Getting Tested for COVID-19 or contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment.
 
 
Updates:
 

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.


ISD 709 COVID-19 Case Reporting for Schools  

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
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.


Stay Safe, Duluth - Video Resources
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.


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.
 

Important Links

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.

Email: ReturnToLearn@ISD709.org

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

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