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Back to School Health Letter to Parents

Dear Families:

Welcome to a Brand-New School Year and a Fresh Start! We are clearly not out of the COVID-19 woods yet, however, with Vaccines on the rise, the District continuing to layer our mitigation efforts, and some solid vigilance on behalf of each of us, I feel strongly we are going to have a much better and normal school year.

When we left in May, I never imagined we would be implementing guidelines and protocol again this year - if fact we threw away a number of masks in our household!! However, the Delta Variant is continuing to show movement across our region and we will refer to CDC & MDH guidelines.

As we know, there are immune-compromised students and staff present in our buildings each and every day. For the protection of your student's teachers, staff and fellow students - It will be very important that the following are followed:

Daily at home Screenings:  Screenings should occur for both staff and students prior to entering the buildings each day:

  • IF your student has ONE of the following symptoms:
    • FEVER greater than 100.4
    • New or worsening cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell

OR

  • IF your student has TWO of the following symptoms:
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
    • New sever or very bad headache
    • New nasal congestions/stuffy or runny nose

Keep your student home for 24 hours after all symptoms have resolved without the use of any type of medication; OR provide a negative test result to your student's health office.

  • During the School Day:

 Students who are present at school or the nurses office with COVID symptoms or illness, we will call and ask that you pick your student up from school and follow the same guidance as above.

  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19: 

An email messenger or written note will be sent to those individuals/families who are considered to be a close contact. Those close contacts are asked to be extremely aware of any signs or symptoms that they may develop.  If a close contact becomes ill, we ask that they be tested.  IF your student's test results are positive, please inform your buildings health office and begin a 10 day isolation from symptom onset.

  • A positive case of COVID-19 in your home:

Household contacts, school age children should stay home and return to school after a 10 day quarantine if no symptoms of illness present. If the student who is a close contact develops symptoms, we ask that your student test negative and have no symptoms of illness prior to returning to school. If the student had minimal contact and is able to fully isolate away from the positive family member, quarantine will not be required unless symptoms present. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days do not need to quarantine.

If, as the year progresses, we are seeing an increase in illness and positive cases and/or traceable transmission within our buildings; this guidance will change to implement a more rigid protocol.  We are very hopeful with the use of masks and other precautions we will have a successful start with low illness rates and transmissibility.

Other important Health Information: 

  • If you're student has underlying health conditions

which place them at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19, please contact your student's school directly to discuss possible accommodations with the building principal. The principal will work with families to consider reasonable accommodations for those students who are at greater risk.

ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION

We have moved to an electronic means of collecting health information.  Because we have hundreds of emails coming in with this new process -  we want to make sure that if your student has immediate health care needs, health care or emergency care plans, medications, etc - that you are sure to call or visit your student's health office during open house on Thursday, September 2nd. Open house for all Cloquet District buildings are from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. 

Finally, On Monday, August 23rd the Cloquet School board passed a K-12  Universal Indoor Masking Policy for Cloquet School District Buildings starting on Wednesday, September 8 th

  • Universal indoor masking is required for all people in school, athletic and activities settings (ages 2 years and older), include teachers, staff, coaches, advisors, students and visitors to the schools, regardless of vaccination status. This guidance applies to ALL indoor settings.
  • Attached is a medical exemption form in regards to masking - please note, if your student has a note on file from last year - another note is not required.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your students Health Office staff. They are here to help and guide you through this school year.  
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Thank you, Sarah Ellena, RN, PHN, LSN - Cloquet Schools District Nurse

[email protected]

218-878-3025