COVID-19 Updates and Reminders
Saint Paul Public Schools wants to remind students, staff and families to continue doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Minnesota, over half of people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have received at least one dose. However, the spread of COVID-19 variants are contributing to a sharp increase in positive cases in younger people, especially middle and high school students, in SPPS and across the State of Minnesota.
COVID-19 Communications Protocol
Every positive case that is reported by a student, staff or family member to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System is handled by our Health & Wellness COVID-19 Nurse Team, in partnership with the impacted building(s). Following guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health, exclusion dates are determined and close contacts are notified about next steps. If your student was not a close contact, you will not receive a notification.
Every positive case is uploaded to the public SPPS COVID-19 Dashboard, and case rates at each building are closely monitored. When there is concern about internal spread at a school (multiple cases connected to each other), building-wide notifications may occur, quarantine times may be lengthened, or quarantines may be addressed on a larger scale (i.e. grade level or entire school).
Data is regularly reviewed to determine if there is a need to temporarily shift to distance learning at an individual school. If there is, the change will be communicated by the school. To date, no SPPS schools have had to shift to distance learning due to multiple connected cases.
All Minnesota residents age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated at the first opportunity available to them. Sign up for the Vaccine Connector to be eligible to be randomly selected to schedule an appointment at a community vaccination site. Vaccines are available without an appointment at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for anyone ages 16 and up, and on Wednesdays at Neighborhood House for adults 18 and older.
On Saturday, May 8, the City of Saint Paul and Walgreens are hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic at the Frogtown Community Center (230 Como Ave.) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Please continue to use the following COVID-19 prevention strategies both in and outside of school:
- Get tested: It is strongly recommended that students and families that are learning in-person get a COVID-19 test every two weeks. As of April 26, all students, coaches and others participating in organized sports are strongly encouraged to get tested weekly. Please look for more information about student testing options at SPPS soon.
- Wear your face covering: Face coverings are required in all SPPS buildings and many public places, and are particularly important to wear indoors and whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Social distance where possible: SPPS works to provide 3 feet or more of spacing between elementary students where possible, and 3-6 feet for secondary students.
- Conduct a daily health screening: Families should conduct a health screening every morning before sending their student to school or the bus stop.
- Stay home when you are sick: If you or anyone you live with have any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, do not go to school or other activities.
- Use the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System: Positive student, staff or visitor cases should be reported the same day via the online SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System.
For more information, please visit spps.org/opensafely.