Return to School Plan 2021-2022

UPDATED: September 21, 2021

The district has experienced a daily increase in COVID-19 cases at our schools in students and staff.  Over this time period, we have been following our district procedures and protocols for requiring masks as an additional mitigation layer for students and staff.  Two additional mitigation strategies have been added. See information below regarding assigned seating in the lunch room for grades 6-8 and a change to help minimize travel throughout the building at the elementary level.

Although we have been following the procedures and mitigation strategies outlined in our district’s Return to School Plan, several of our district schools have implemented masking procedures in several classrooms for a minimum of 10 days as a result of a positive case(s) within a classroom.  The district has also reached the threshold of 5% or greater staff and student absences due to COVID-19 positive rate/COVID-like symptoms in several of our school buildings.  As we continue to monitor our daily absences, we anticipate that at some point, all of our school buildings will reach this threshold for required masking.

As additional clarification, the school board approved the 5% COVID-19 positivity rate at the August 23rd school board meeting, and the COVID Team included the COVID-like symptoms procedure out of an abundance of caution to consistently monitor the COVID-19 trajectory in our schools.  This information was shared with all district families on September 2, 2021 as we prepared for the start of the school year.  The 5% threshold was determined by our district COVID Team as a metric to signal an adjustment to our current mitigation strategies.  This percentage is in alignment with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for influenza monitoring and is based on past practice.

The district has continued to consult with Anoka County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health regarding school district COVID-19 rates, community transmission rates, and County transmission rates.  With the increase in COVID-19 cases in Anoka County and our Centennial Schools and communities specifically, the district is going to continue to follow our established procedures and protocols for masking and increase mitigation efforts and strategies within our schools.

Mr. Jeff  Holmberg
Superintendent of Schools


RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN 2021-2022 (UPDATED 9/21/21)
Transportation

All students riding the bus and drivers are required to wear face masks, per Federal order. Families will be notified if a bus rider tests positive for COVID. However, contact tracing and quarantine are not required due to the Order.

In addition to required masks, other mitigations are:

  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • Windows are open, weather permitting, for air circulation.
  • Safety guidelines are practiced for transporting, loading, and unloading students. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be practiced between routes.
What Centennial is Doing

School Meals
Breakfast

Pre-K – Grade 6 will eat breakfast in their classroom.

Grades 7-12 will have “Grab and Go” style breakfast will be available.

Lunch
ADDED MITIGATION STRATEGY (implemented on Monday, September 27, 2021): Assigned seating by classroom/team in the lunchroom for grades Pre-K - grade 8.  

Grades 9 -12 eat lunch in the cafeteria.

Buildings
All students have assigned seats in the classroom.

Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom.

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Proper handwashing will be taught and guidance will be followed on covering coughs and sneezes.

Cleaning
Nightly cleaning protocol followed by staff. Ventilation and air filtering is in place.

Drinking Fountains
Drinking fountains are closed and refillable water stations are open.

Physical Distancing
Physical distancing is implemented to the extent possible.

Transitions
Transitions will be planned to allow for social distancing and to minimize exposure to other students.

ADDED MITIGATION STRATEGY (implemented on Monday, September 27, 2021): Pre-K - grade 5 specialists will travel to the classroom when a classroom has positive exposure for grades to minimize student travel throughout the building.

Visitors
Parents may enter buildings to pick up children from school or drop off materials. Classroom volunteers or lunch visitors will not be allowed at this time.

Face Mask Requirement Guidelines When Illness is Present in Our Schools

Centennial will monitor cases and illness in the schools. If criteria outlined in the guidelines is met, masks will be required. See information by grade levels. Should federal, state, or county officials mandate universal face coverings, Centennial will adjust its plan accordingly.

As additional clarification, the school board approved the 5% COVID-19 positivity rate at the August 23rd school board meeting, and the COVID Team included the COVID-like symptoms procedure out of an abundance of caution to consistently monitor the COVID-19 trajectory in our schools.  This information was shared with all district families on September 2, 2021 as we prepared for the start of the school year.  The 5% threshold was determined by our district COVID Team as a metric to signal an adjustment to our current mitigation strategies.  This percentage is in alignment with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for influenza monitoring and is based on past practice.

Students who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition may be exempt. Click here for information.

Pre-K – Grade 6 Students and Staff

In the classroom
If one or more students in the classroom have a confirmed positive COVID test, then face coverings are required for all students and staff in the classroom, regardless of vaccination status, for a minimum of 10 days.

In the school
If 5% or greater of the students and staff at the school site test positive for COVID-19 or are absent with COVID-like symptoms, then face coverings are required for all students and staff in at the school site, regardless of vaccination status, for a minimum of 10 days.

Kids Club
If a positive case/s in the student's classroom (during the school day) requires everyone to mask, the student is required to wear the face covering while attending Kids Club.

Grades 7-12 Students + Staff

In the school
If 5% or greater of the students and staff at the school site test positive for COVID-19 or are absent with COVID-like symptoms, then face coverings are required for all students and staff in the school, regardless of vaccination status, for a minimum of 10 days.

COVID-19 Symptoms

If students or staff have one or more of the following common COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and stay away from others, including family members, as much as possible. The school, child care, or youth program should be notified, and consider calling a doctor or other health care provider. Other children living in the house should stay home from school or child care, too.

Common symptoms are one or more of these:

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;
  • New cough or a cough that gets worse;
  • Difficulty/hard time breathing;
  • And new loss of taste or smell.

Less common symptoms are two or more of these:

  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired
  • New severe/very bad headache
  • New nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose
If students or staff have at least two of the less common symptoms, they should stay home and should stay away from others, including family members, as much as possible. The school, child care, or youth program should be notified, and consider calling a doctor or other health care provider.
When a student or staff member has symptoms at school:
  • The student or staff member will be sent home immediately and should remain out of school until symptoms are improving and fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • COVID test is recommended.
When a student or staff member tests positive:

Students or staff who test positive must be out of school for 10 days. People who test positive for COVID-19 must stay at home (isolation) until all the following are true:

  • Feeling better: Cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better; and,
  • It has been at least 10 days since they first experienced symptoms or tested positive: and,
  • No fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
People who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate. Unvaccinated household members will be recommended to quarantine. 
 

Families and staff will be notified if a positive case is within the classroom or in a school activity. Refer to the Minnesota Department Decision Tree for additional quarantine information. COVID-19 cases will continue to be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Quarantine Information
Students or staff will not be required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 at school or school activity, but may choose to do so.

It is recommended that close contacts quarantine unless fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days prior to exposure. People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. 

Definition of close contact: Being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

What You Can Do to Help

Self-Screen Daily
Self-screen before coming to school and if you have symptoms, please stay home! Report illness to your school.

Wear a Face Covering
Wear a face covering daily when guidance indicates a mask is necessary/required.

Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands when coming to school, before and after meals, after recess, and throughout the day.

Watch Your Distance
Social distance to the best extent possible.

Resources

Centennial Case Dashboard
Centennial will post COVID-19 District data on Mondays for the preceding week.

COVID-19 Testing, and Vaccinations
Families can consult with local, county, and state health organizations to learn more about testing and vaccines. Learn more about testing and vaccination sites.

  • CDC and MDH recommend testing when COVID-19 is suspected. The district encourages testing for COVID-19 to help prevent symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission. All COVID-19 testing is no cost at Minnesota community testing sites. Click here for COVID-19 testing locations and information.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for eligible individuals by MDH and CDC. Click here for vaccination information.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination is not a requirement to attend Centennial Schools.
  • We encourage families to self-report COVID-19 vaccination information so this can be included in your child’s school immunization record.

Resource Locker
A list of resources the Centennial community may find helpful.

Consulting with the MN Department of Health, MN Department of Education, and Anoka County Public Health, there may be a short-term school closure due to widespread illness. In this situation, students would move to virtual learning.

 

Return to School Plan (Printable) (pdf, 446 KB)

After reviewing guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, and Anoka County Public Health by the school district’s COVID-19 Team, Centennial Schools has created procedures and communications to guide our decision-making in response to COVID-19, aligned to the approved School Board resolution.

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