Schools and Child Care COVID-19 Best Practice Recommendations - Minnesota Dept. of Health
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Schools and Child Care COVID-19
Best Practice Recommendations

On this page:
Reporting cases of COVID-19
Operational guidelines for schools child care, youth programs, and camps
Isolation and quarantine
Supplemental guidance for schools
Additional resources

Reporting cases of COVID-19

Minnesota Rule 4605.7070 requires any person in charge of any institution, school, child care facility, or camp to report cases of COVID-19 to MDH.

Use COVID-19 Case Report Form for K-12 Schools, Childcares, and Youth Programming (Camps, Sports, Extracurricular Activities) to report each child, youth, or staff member who receives a positive test result.

Schools, child care, youth programs, and camps should implement layered prevention strategies to the extent possible to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk while also considering educational needs, the social and emotional well-being of children, and the importance of children's access to learning and care.

Operational guidance for schools, child care, youth programs, and camps

MDH recommends that schools, child care, youth programs, and camps implement a core set of infectious disease prevention strategies as part of their normal operations and layer additional prevention strategies specific to COVID-19 to the extent possible in response to changing local situations, including periods of increased community health impacts from COVID-19. While written for COVID-19 prevention, this guidance can also help prevent the spread of other infectious diseases and support healthy learning environments for all.

Isolation and quarantine

The guides below reflect current CDC recommendations regarding when to isolate and quarantine and for how long depending on a person's ability to wear a mask consistently.

Supplemental guidance for schools

Additional resources

Updated Thursday, 16-Jun-2022 13:18:20 CDT