Changes to Current COVID-19 Guidelines (June 12, 2023)
Dear SPPS Staff,
We want to provide you with important updates regarding COVID-19 that will take effect in Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) starting June 15, 2023. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt our strategies as necessary.
Starting June 15, SPPS will make the following changes to our COVID-19 protocols:
- Similar to flu and other infectious or communicable diseases, isolation of individuals with COVID-19 will be recommended rather than required.
- Masks will continue to be optional. Students, staff and family members are welcome to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
- SPPS will continue to offer COVID-19 test kits while supplies last.
- Staff should manage illness based on general guidance and use available resources related to sick leave.
- Quarantine pay for employees can only be used when the employee is directed by a medical provider to quarantine due to a contagious disease. The employee would need to complete FMLA paperwork and provide applicable documentation to HR. Without this, paid sick leave for COVID-19 and other illnesses will come out of the employee’s regular sick leave balance.
These COVID-19 protocols are being updated for the following reasons:
- Decreases in reported cases: The number of reported COVID-19 cases in our schools and Ramsey County has been steadily decreasing over the past several months. This positive trend indicates that our collective efforts to follow safety measures and vaccinations have been effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
- Vaccination opportunities: Individuals have had ample opportunities to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, if they choose to do so. Vaccination remains a vital tool in preventing severe illness and protecting ourselves, our families and our community.
- Emergency order expiration: Effective May 11, the federal emergency order related to COVID-19 was lifted.
- COVID-19 Community Levels: These levels are no longer being tracked by the CDC.
- Shifting resources and strategies: As we transition to a post-pandemic phase, our focus will shift toward addressing the evolving needs of our community. We are committed to reestablishing routines, implementing new strategies, and addressing the socioeconomic and health losses that have affected student success.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your support and resilience throughout this challenging period. Together, we will successfully navigate the post-pandemic phase and continue to provide the best educational experience for our students.
Director of Health and Wellness