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Isolation and quarantine times changed to a five-day minimum

Our district changed its COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocol to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health guidance shared in greater detail early January. Please refer to the CDC website for more information on the reasoning for the change. 
 
Osseo Area Schools will be aligning its COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to the CDC and MDH guidance. The changes are as follows: 

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will begin a five-day isolation period from the onset of symptoms or testing date, whichever occurred first.
  • Unvaccinated household members will complete a minimum of five days of quarantine from the last contact they had with the positive household member.
  • Fully vaccinated household members who are not experiencing any symptoms can attend school/work.
  • Staff and students can return to school/work on day six if their symptoms are improving or they remain symptom-free and they have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. .
  • Students and staff who return on day six are required to wear a face covering/mask at school/work for an additional five days (isolation or quarantine time and face covering/mask wearing time will combine to a 10-day period).

One additional change is being made to the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, but it will be for a temporary period only. With the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in our communities and schools, students or staff who are considered to be a potential exposure will not be notified by email as they have been throughout the school year. The previous protocol will be reinstated once the upward case trend begins to subside.

At-home testing kits continue to be available for students. Please fill out this form if you’re interested in your student(s) receiving a kit that includes two COVID-19 tests. This is a voluntary program in which families are under no obligation to participate. Test kit requests will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 14. 

Hennepin County Public Health is offering a number of free COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Please visit their website for further details or to register. Call 612-348-8900 for help in English, Spanish/Español, Somali/Soomaali, and Hmong/Hmoob. 

Please remember that mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools and communities is a layered effort. Make sure to take the first step by reviewing the district’s health screening questions each day. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and flexibility during this challenging time. 

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