UPDATED QUARANTINE GUIDELINES
SPPS has changed its quarantine time for close contact exposure outside of household members, based on the recent changes put in place by the CDC and MDH. For further information on what these changes mean for you, please consult the link below:
SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines and Employee Workplace Manual
Saint Paul Public Schools has created a manual, aimed at keeping students and their families informed on how to prevent the COVID-19 virus and steps to take should they contract the illness or come in contact with someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Dowload the Student and Family Guidelines here.
The Guidelines contain several helpful videos. Two of the most notable are:
A staff manual has also been developed, with details specific to working in the school setting. Download the Employee Workplace Manual here.
How to Report COVID Concerns
A red button has been placed on several prominent pages of spps.org for people to report COVID-19 concerns. If you have a COVID concern and have been on SPPS property, you are encouraged to report it the same day using this online system. A phone number is listed for families who need to report in Spanish, Hmong, Somali or Karen.
SPPS works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to determine action steps for a reported case of COVID-19. Guidance from local and state health officials will determine if further communications are needed. For more information, please refer to the COVID-19 Communications Protocol.
Watch this short video to see how the reporting process works.
SPPS has also created a SPPSCOVID Dashboard webpage. This webpage includes graphs that show figures for potential COVID cases reported to the district's COVID response team, along with positive cases, and can be broken out for staff and students. There are also links to multiple state and county data resources.
-Updated on 11/19/20
Other COVID Notification Programs
The state of Minnesota has created a COVID-19 smartphone notification system that allows you to be notified through an app if you've been near someone who tests positive for the virus. COVIDaware MN is not a contact tracing app but uses blue tooth technology to provide notification alerts. The app is designed to protect privacy and does not use or store personally identifiable information. The state encourages all Minnesotans to download the free app. To learn more, visit the COVIDaware MN website.
Health Start Clinics
Health Start Clinics Are Open
Most SPPS high school Health Start Clinics are open and available for scheduling appointments. Most Health Start Clinics serve students ages 12-18, and services include urgent in-person mental health care, medication management for depression and anxiety, sexual health concerns, check-ups and vaccines, non-respiratory illness, injuries and asthma follow-up. They can also do winter sports sports physicals. This webpage lists the Health Start Clinic locations, hours of operation, and further details.
Please note, the Washington Tech site can provide immunizations and flu shots for students in Pre-Kindergarten through high school on Mondays.
-Updated on 11/23/20
Important Information and Resources
Free COVID Testing in Ramsey County and Other Available Support Services
Immunization and Flu Shot Clinics for Saint Paul Youth
Minnesota Department of Health Key Information
How to Protect Yourself
COVID Vaccine Information
SPPS COVID-Lead Nurse Assistance
SPPS Licensed School Nurses designated as COVID Leads are also available for consult:
- Mondays-Thursdays, 7:00AM-6:00PM
- Fridays, 7:00AM-4:30PM
They can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hub
- COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs
- SPPS COVID Dashboard
- Minnesota Black Community COVID-19 Hotline
- COVID hotline for Spanish speakers
- Hand hygiene curricula for students and adults/print materials (MDH)
- Schools/childcare mitigation guidelines (CDC)
- People who are at higher risk for severe illness (CDC)