Schools and Child Care: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Schools and Child Care: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz authorized the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period beginning on March 30, 2020, until May 4, 2020 (Executive Order 20-19).

More information is available:

The situation surrounding the outbreak is rapidly evolving and the information or recommendations are changing as new information becomes available. Please follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and CDC recommendations and avoid creating situations that may stigmatize staff or students.

See the following guidance for additional information and resources:

Key Messages

  • If public health officials identify a staff member or student at your school or child care as a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will reach out to you to provide information and guidance on notifications and other infection prevention actions. Please contact us if you have questions so we can help determine the appropriate steps to take.
  • Children can still go to child care while schools are temporarily closed. Schools are temporarily closed to do planning so they can implement things like distance learning. Child cares do not need to do that type of planning. Child care settings are also smaller than schools. Child care providers should follow our Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota.
  • It is important to avoid prejudice to Minnesotans of Asian descent or assuming that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19.
  • We know there may be specific situations that arise where you have questions. We encourage schools and child care centers to call us to discuss the situation before making recommendations so that we can work together to determine the best course of action. For assistance with specific questions, school administrators can contact us at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

Recommended Supplies

For all students and staff

  • Liquid soap.
  • Running water.
  • Paper towels.
  • Tissues.
  • If soap, water, and paper towels are not readily available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) for use if hands are not visibly dirty. Only ABHRs with 60% alcohol or more are recommended in relationship to COVID-19.

For health services staff

  • Disposable gloves.
  • Surgical masks (to be provided to ill students with fever and cough and nurses)
  • Thermometers (forehead/strip or digital thermometers with a disposable sleeve)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • N95 Respirators are not necessary in the school health office at this time (3/13/20)

For custodial staff

Educational materials and resources

Updated Thursday, 26-Mar-2020 09:54:05 CDT