Nevis School’s back-to-school plan does not require students to wear face coverings in class and offers in-person learning to all students five days a week.

“We will continue to monitor the effects COVID-19 will have on the health and safety of our staff and students as we follow guidance from MDE, MDH and the CDC,” Superintendent Gregg Parks said.

“Current requirements make the wearing of masks optional, and that option will be allowed and supported for students and staff choosing to do so. Masking may be implemented on a temporary basis in an attempt to reduce COVID’s impact in our buildings. Students and staff will still be required to wear a mask while riding school buses per federal mandate regarding public transportation.”

The Nevis School District will not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students, staff, volunteers or visitors.

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Health guidelines

Parks said the district will continue efforts to keep a high standard of safety, indoor air quality and cleanliness to ensure they are able to stay in person for the foreseeable future.

These standards currently include a social distance of three to six feet between students and staff, asking all students and staff to conduct daily self-screenings and stay home, if necessary. Symptoms of illness should be reported to the school nurse. Temperature scanners will remain at building entrances for individuals to use for self-screening.

Anyone who has had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should follow the guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and quarantine if not vaccinated or if has not been at least two weeks since the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccination

Individuals who do not have any symptoms and where it has been at least two weeks since completing all prescribed doses of the COVID-19 vaccination no not need to quarantine. Anyone who has fully recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and does not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine either.

Monitoring COVID cases

Minnesota schools are mandated to report any positive cases of COVID-19 to the MDH. The school will not conduct contact tracing and require quarantining unless required by MDE or MDH. Families should make decisions based upon the guidance listed above from MDH.

The district’s practice involving a close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive will be to notify staff and students, including parents and guardians, who are close contacts and ask them to monitor their symptoms closely. The school nurse or designee will continue any required reporting processes.

“All of these expectations are subject to change as MDH and the CDC change expectations,” Parks said. “We will strive to keep you up-to-date if the situation requires a change to our current mitigation strategies. “

COVID-19 updates will be posted on the school website and in the Enterprise.