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Important COVID-19 Message for SPPS Staff
Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul continue to see increases in daily COVID-19 cases. When case rates are higher in the community, we are likely to see increased reports of COVID-19 within the school setting. While 76 percent of Ramsey County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (which greatly reduces their risk for severe COVID-19 infections), even unvaccinated people can get COVID-19.
Weekly testing for COVID-19 is recommended for everyone, whether you’ve received the vaccine or not. Free COVID-19 testing is available:
- Online through Vault Health
- Roy Wilkins Auditorium and MSP Airport
- CVS pharmacies
- Walgreens pharmacies
- Other community locations
Beginning October 15, all SPPS staff members are required to test weekly if they have not acknowledged they are fully vaccinated. In addition to the above testing options, COVID-19 tests will be available at every SPPS school and most administrative buildings until supplies run out.
The SPPS vaccination reporting system is under development, with more details to come soon. In the meantime, staff who are not vaccinated are encouraged to use community opportunities to be vaccinated. Vaccination remains the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPPS is closely monitoring COVID-19 cases locally and in our schools. All reported cases are published to our COVID Dashboard on a one-day lag or longer for weekend reports. Our SPPS COVID-19 Communications Protocol has been updated in response to the rising number of cases of COVID-19 and an increased effort to keep people informed.
For more information, view the following resources:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: 12 Things You Need to Know
- Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about COVID-19 Vaccination
- Other Community Vaccination Sites
Please continue to layer your prevention strategies against COVID-19: Get vaccinated, wear a mask, social distance when possible, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are sick and make a report if you test positive for COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part to end this pandemic and keep our schools open.
Additional information will be shared in the coming days. Thank you for your attention to this important information.