Schools and Child Care COVID-19 Best Practice Recommendations and Case Reporting - Minnesota Dept. of Health
CDC has updated their COVID-19 guidance to help you better understand how to protect yourself and others, and what to do if you test positive or are exposed. More information is available at CDC: How to Protect Yourself and Others. MDH is actively working on updating our website and materials.

Schools and Child Care COVID-19
Best Practice Recommendations and Case Reporting

On this page:
Reporting cases of COVID-19
Operational guidelines for schools child care, youth programs, and camps
Managing cases and exposures
Additional resources

Reporting cases of COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has made changes to COVID-19 reporting for Minnesota pre-K through grade 12 schools and child care settings as of Aug. 1, 2022.

Please review the video below for detailed information on the changes and a walkthrough of the new reporting system.


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.

Managing cases and exposures

Schools, child care, youth programs, and camps are strongly encouraged to develop policies and protocols around reporting of positive cases, management of case follow-up, and notification of exposed persons in alignment with public health guidance. Schools, child care, youth programs, and camps should implement these strategies to the extent possible while also considering educational needs, the social and emotional well-being of children, and the importance of children's access to learning and care.

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

While the CDC no longer recommends quarantine (staying home) after an exposure to someone with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people take precautions, including getting tested and wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status or if they have had a previous infection.

Additional resources

Updated Wednesday, 14-Sep-2022 13:15:51 CDT