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

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 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Use COVID-19 Case Reporting Form for K-12 Schools, Childcares, Youth Camps, and Sports Programs to report each child, youth, or staff member who receives a positive test result. This is a secure system to report information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. At a minimum and when available, include the name, date of birth, and phone number of the person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Approaches that schools, child care, youth-serving programs, and camps can use to promote health and safety while mitigating COVID-19 transmission risk.

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  • Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (PDF)
    Strategies to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Using these best practice prevention strategies consistently protects students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households and creates a safer in-person environment.
    7/28/21
    • All people ages 12 years and older should get vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to in-person school, sports, or other activities to protect themselves and people around them who cannot get vaccinated. Talk to a health care provider or Find Vaccine Locations near you.
    • All students, teachers, staff, and visitors in school buildings should wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
    • Schools should maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms whenever possible. When it is not possible to maintain 3 feet of distance between students, it is especially important to layer other prevention strategies.
    • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home if they feel sick and should contact a health care provider for testing and care.
    • Students, teachers, and staff who have been fully vaccinated do not need to stay home even if they have had recent close contact with a confirmed case so long as they do not have symptoms and do not test positive. Follow CDC testing guidance for anyone exposed to a confirmed case.
    • People who are not fully vaccinated and returning to in-person school, sports, or extracurricular activities (and their families) should get tested regularly for COVID-19 according to CDC guidance.
    • Schools should encourage ventilation, contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, cleaning, and disinfection as important layers of prevention.

Supplemental guidance for schools

Child care, youth programs, and camps

Additional resources

Updated Wednesday, 28-Jul-2021 11:30:18 CDT