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.
- Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs (PDF)
This tool provides the decision-making guidance for schools, child care, youth programs (i.e., camp, sports, and other community activities).
- Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs in Hmong (PDF)
- Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs in Somali (PDF)
- Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs in Spanish (PDF)
- Recommendations for Handling a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 (PDF)
Information for schools, child care, youth programs, and camps.
- COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Summer School (PDF)
Guidance for pre-K through grade 12 schools that have completed the 2020-2021 school year.
- 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.
- 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
- Recommendations for Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Delivering Direct Student Support Services
This document provides strongly recommended practices to school staff on the type of protective equipment that will be needed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission when delivering direct student support services.
- Recommendations for Providing Support to Students in Their Homes (PDF)
This document outlines recommendations for school district staff providing in-home services to meet individual student needs.
- Guidance for Providing Nebulization Treatments (PDF)
This document provides recommendations on the use of nebulizers and peak-flow meters in schools and other educational venues.
- Ventilation Guidance for Schools: COVID-19
Information for school administrators and facilities managers who are responsible for ventilation in buildings.
Child care, youth programs, and camps
- COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Certified Child Care, Youth Programs, and Camps (PDF)
Recommendations for youth-serving programs.
- Masking Recommendations for Child Care
Recommendations for the use of face coverings in child care settings.
- CDC: COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs
- Communities: Sports activities, music, camps, and youth programs
Schools and youth programs should refer to this additional guidance related to sports, pools, and music activities and performances.
- Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual
Hennepin County infectious disease manual. See section 2 – Guidelines: Environment – Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting.