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Face coverings/masks shift to recommended districtwide as COVID-19 improves

Parents/caregivers, 

Our commitment to work together has brought us to a much healthier point. Over the last few weeks, Osseo Area Schools has seen dramatic improvements in COVID-19 case rates amongst students and staff resulting in some of the lowest levels seen yet at our schools and program sites. Similar improvements are being seen in our communities and throughout the state. Due to this significant change, the school-by-school face covering/mask model is being discontinued and will shift to face coverings/masks being recommended (not required) at all schools and program sites starting Monday, Feb. 28.

There will be some exceptions to this change. The following locations or situations will require face coverings/masks by students, staff and visitors: 

  • Buses and other school transportation as required by the Transportation Security Administration. This is currently set to expire March 18. 
  • In health offices and isolation rooms within schools/sites as required by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 
  • On a day six, seven, eight, nine, or ten of quarantine or isolation return. This is in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health guidance and the district’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. 

Our district encourages you to talk with your student about your family’s preferences in regard to face coverings/masks over the next couple of days. Know that each student’s and staff member’s individual choice on face coverings/masks will be supported. As our core values state, all schools and program sites are inclusive and respectfully accept diverse perspectives. If in your conversation you feel your student is interested in receiving a KN95 mask, please reach out to a teacher or school nurse. 

Osseo Area Schools remains committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment. Our team will continue to review and evaluate data in regard to COVID-19. Please visit the COVID-19 Hub for information on the strategies and tools being used to continue to mitigate transmission. One very important tool to note is the district’s health screening questions that students and staff are encouraged to review each day.

Once again, thank you for your family’s continued support and flexibility. 

COVID-19/Risk Management team 
RiskManagement@district279.org