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COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

Student and staff safety is a top priority at Canby Public School District.

On MARCH 15, 2020, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with the plan to resume instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020. We will be updating this page regularly during this closure. Parents and guardians should watch email for an official announcements from the district.

In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.

This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow advice provided by public health experts.

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The District continues to monitor health warnings and travel advisories surrounding COVID-19. We have established a COVID-19 emergency response task force of District administrators and health professionals who have been meeting and communicating regularly to address the impacts to our District.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health has established two hotlines, one concerning health and another for school and child care questions. Form health questions, dial 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For schools and child care questions, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Countryside Public Health will also be issuing community updates.

DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19

Ongoing: Daily Announcements

March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update

March 15, 2020 COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020 School Meal and Care Surveys

March 17, 2020 Grab and Go Meal Service

March 26, 2020 School Closure and Distance Learning

SCHOOL EVENTS

Please refer to this section for the latest information on school events and travel. We will update our district through email, our school website, social media and app alerts of any changes in school events as soon as changes are made.

We want to provide clarity since there have been questions about campus use. Our campus is closed for student activities. There should not be gatherings of students on campus for any reason. This includes athlete-organized practices or club meetings. By practicing the measures implemented by the Governor, we hope we will be able to return to normal practices in the near future. We are operating with an abundance of caution for the duration of the extended closure.

Spring Break Travel:

As we head toward spring break , we know travel may be planned. There is now community spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, other areas of the United States, and in other countries so we encourage you to check the CDC Travel Advisory page prior to your travels.

Athletics:

MSHSL spring sports and activities is in a holding pattern until further notice. If this guidance shifts, we will update our coaches and athletes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Minnesota Department of Health developed these Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus.

PRECAUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The District is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:

  • We are asking all of our families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment. We are also asking staff to follow these same precautions.
  • Our custodial staff is sanitizing every room in the district. Staff members are asked to contact the custodians if they need access to a sanitized room. The products we use are hospital-grade cleaners and peroxide based. Custodians will replace soap and hand sanitizers often. All buses have been disinfected and the Food Service Department will continue to follow food safety practices and use approved disinfectants.
  • We continue to evaluate all upcoming District-sponsored travel and events, as information is presented by Government and health officials.

We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
RESOURCES

REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

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