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Centennial’s Response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020

Centennial Families and Staff,

Safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are aware there are questions about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19] on our schools. We will continue to follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health which recommends public schools remain open and operate normally. The decision to follow their recommendation is consistent with what other public schools are doing in the metro. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation, and we will send an update to parents over the weekend, or before if the recommendation changes.

We encourage good habits:

  • Wash hands frequently, washing for 20 seconds using hot water and soap.

  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue, or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • As always, please keep your child home if they are sick to help prevent the spread of any virus.

What Centennial is doing:

  • Continuing  to learn about the virus and its possible impacts on schools from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.

  • Cleaning high-use areas and frequently used, hard surfaces.

  • Revising the emergency plan we have in place as new information becomes available so we are ready if the virus impacts Centennial Schools.

  • Continuing to share any updates that impact our schools with our families and staff.

  • Continuing to monitor illness patterns as usual once school is back in session from spring break.

The situation around the outbreak is rapidly evolving and the information or recommendations are changing as new information becomes available. We are working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC and are following their recommendations. If a person becomes ill in our community, local health officials will help identify those individuals and will follow up with the District on next steps to determine its impact on our schools.

Information, including personal resources, can be found on Centennial’s website with links to  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health for up-to-date information.

Brian Dietz
Superintendent of Schools