Return-to-School Safe Learning Plan
The Minnetonka Return-to-School Safe Learning Plan for 2021-22
The Minnetonka Public School District is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for each employee, student, parent and visitor to our buildings. This Safe Learning Plan identifies and explains the practices and protocols to help ensure that the District has a safe and healthy learning environment and helps mitigate transmission of COVID-19 in our school communities during the 2021-22 school year.
All staff, students, families and visitors, as allowed, are expected to comply with and follow the established guidelines and protocols in this plan for the health and safety of our community. Site leaders and supervisors are expected to ensure compliance with these provisions and support employees, as needed.
The data on the Minnetonka Schools COVID dashboard will be updated on an ongoing basis during the pandemic. However, the data is only as good as is reported to the District by families and staff. If information is not reported, it jeopardizes the health and safety of all students and may impact our ability to consistently provide in-person learning. We ask that parents contact their child’s school health office to let the District know when their child has tested positive for COVID or is quarantining due to close contact. The District has advised staff to report when they test positive or are quarantining, as well. This information assists the District in making good, data-based decisions.
All students in Grades preK-12 will be offered in-person learning to open the school year. The high school and middle schools will follow the six-period schedules used before the pandemic.
The District will be prepared to shift to virtual learning only if conditions dictate or in case the Governor orders the closing of in-person instruction.
All students in grades K-8 will be offered an e-learning option, except Immersion which will only be offered online if enough students enroll. Students in grades 9-12 students can be full-time online, if they choose this option, by taking Tonka Online courses, which have been expanded to meet all graduation requirements. They will receive help from counselors in building their schedules.
General Health & Safety Guidelines* for In-Person Learning
The District considers the health and safety of students and staff to be a top priority. Below are the current guidelines that we have instituted to provide a safe environment for all.
*Please note these guidelines will continue to be updated as we learn more from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Guidelines, which can and do change, will be based on the recommendations of MDH. We will adjust accordingly.
- Face Coverings
- Promoting Good Hygiene and Health Behaviors
- Maintaining a Safe Environment
- Arrival Into the Building
- Temperature Taking
- Social Distancing
- Passing from Class-to-Class
- Ventilation and Air Cleaning
- Parent Volunteers
- Travel Guidelines
- Testing for COVID
- Excluding for Illness
- Contact Tracing and Quarantining Requirements
- Process When Informed of a Lab Confirmed COVID Positive Case
- Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
- Exemptions from Quarantine