COVID UPDATE

Dear MNCS Families:

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in partnership with Minnesota New Country School has identified the Frogs (kindergarten) and the Swans (grades 2-3) as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The classes had close contact at MNCS on 3/8/2021.

As a close contact, your child will need to stay home from school and not take part in any activities/sports for 14 days. Your child can return on 03/23/21 as long as they do not develop symptoms during this time and other requirements for ending quarantine are met. See Close Contacts and Tracing (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/close.html)

Testing is recommended at least five days after the last time your child was in close contact to the person with COVID-19. If they get tested too soon, the test may not be able to detect the virus. However, testing does not shorten the quarantine period, even with a negative test result.  Other children living in your home, if not named above, can continue to go to child care, school, and other community activities.

Please closely monitor your child for symptoms. Children with even just one symptom from the list below  must not attend child care, school, or other activities and should isolate from others right away in the home and get tested. If your child starts to have ANY of the following symptoms, have them stay home, in one room of the house and away from others right away, and as much as possible.

▪   Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

▪   New cough or a cough that gets worse

▪   Difficulty/hard time breathing

▪   New loss of taste or smell

▪   Sore throat

▪   Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose

▪   Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

▪   Muscle pain

▪   Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired

▪   Severe/very bad headache

▪   Chills

Please talk to your doctor or other health care provider about getting your child tested, or visit Find Testing Locations (https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/index.jsp).

  • If your child’s test result is positive, notify Minnesota New Country School at [email protected] as soon as possible. A positive test means your child may need to stay at home longer than 14 days. People who test positive can give the virus to others. Your child needs to stay at home, in one room and away from others as much as possible for at least 10 days from the date their symptoms started, or from the date they were tested if they do not have symptoms, and until they feel better. The 10 days start when the symptoms begin. If your child starts to have ANY of the symptoms above, have them stay home, in one room of the house and away from others right away, and as much as possible

  •  If your child develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, everyone who lives in the house needs to stay home for at least 14 days. The 14 days start on the day they are able to stay separated from the child who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. People who cannot stay separated from the child will need to stay home 14 days after the child who is positive finishes their 10-day isolation. After 10 days, it is thought that people are no longer able to spread the virus to others. This could mean staying home longer than 14 days.

The following information may help families:

We are sorry for the problems this may cause your family. We want to keep children in child care/school as much as we can, and as safely as we can. To stop outbreaks and to keep child care/schools open, we need to do everything we can to stop community spread of COVID-19.

We learn more all the time about how COVID-19 spreads. We now know the virus spreads easier when people share a small space, and the risk of spreading increases the longer people share that space. Face coverings help us protect each other, but they are just one way we can try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Keeping close contacts of someone with COVID-19 away from healthy people is another important way to stop the spread.

Resources that you may find helpful:

If you have questions, contact Minnesota New Country School at [email protected] .

Thank you for helping to keep our school community safe.

On behalf of the Minnesota New Country School Elementary staff and Covid Coordinator team