Safe Learning Plan

SAFE LEARNING PLAN 

(Updated 2/28/22; Effective after 3/4/22)

Transportation

Masking on our buses will no longer be required. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not requiring face coverings on buses or vans operated by public school systems. 

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
Assigned seating by classroom/team in the lunchroom for grades Pre-K - grade 5.  

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.

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.

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

Effective after March 4, 2022

Centennial will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and COVID-like illness in the schools and will update the COVID dashboard weekly. If criteria outlined in the guidelines below is met, masks will be required. Should federal, state, or county officials mandate universal face coverings, Centennial will adjust its plan accordingly.

The 5% threshold was determined by the 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 (age 2+) – Grade 5 Students and Staff

In the classroom
Masking will no longer be required if there is one COVID-positive case or person absent with COVID-like symptoms in a classroom during the reporting period. Additional mitigation strategies may be required (and may include masking) if there is an outbreak or increase in COVID cases and/or COVID-like illnesses.

Data will continue to be tracked and cases will be reviewed. Families will be notified of any additional mitigation strategies. 

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 6-12 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.

Centennial COVID Dashboard

Centennial will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and COVID-like illness in the schools and will update the COVID dashboard weekly. Click here for more information on Centennial’s Safe Learning Plan.

The District COVID Team

The district’s COVID team will continue to meet regularly to review and monitor COVID-19 cases in the event that Centennial needs to reconsider and update the district’s Safe Learning Plan.

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.
Updated Isolation Guidelines for Students in Kindergarten - Grade 12

Over the past several weeks Centennial's COVID team has been reviewing updated information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and received communication from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) indicating the guidance does apply to K-12 school settings. Upon review of this information, Centennial will be updating and aligning our district isolation guidelines for students enrolled in kindergarten - grade 12.

Centennial Schools will implement the CDC’s updated isolation guidelines for students enrolled in kindergarten - grade 12, effective Tuesday, January 25, 2022*, from 10 days to 5 days. Please click here for detailed information from the CDC. These shortened isolation guidelines were implemented for staff last week.

Updated Guidelines (Shortened Isolation) for students enrolled in Early childhood - grade 12

Early childhood and preschool students will also follow the shortened quarantine guidelines, effective after March 4, 2022

Day 0: The day your student tested positive for COVID-19 or symptoms started–do not come to school

Days 1-5: Mask and isolate at home–do not come to school

Days 6-10: Your student may return to school and must wear a well-fitting mask to minimize the risk of infecting others through day 10 as long as your student:

  • Is not showing any symptoms, OR symptoms are improving

            AND

  • Has no fever for 24-hours, without fever-reducing medication and feels well.

Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well.

* Students attending Northeast Metro 916 programs will follow their program COVID protocols and guidelines.

Notes: 

  • Students and staff will be required to wear a mask when they return, regardless of any masking guideline in place at their school. 
  • Students and staff with a mask exemption are not eligible for shortened isolation as they are unable to wear a mask. 
COVID Exposure Communication

The District’s COVID team also reviewed its current communication protocols and are implementing a change in reporting exposures, aligned with CDC and MDH guidance

  • Early Childhood - grade 12: Schools will no longer send exposure letters to students. COVID positive information will continue to be posted weekly online. Click here for the Centennial COVID dashboard.
  • Kids Club: Families will be notified of exposures per the Department of Human Services’ protocol.
Masking Guidelines–Reminder
  • School Sites: If 5% or more of students and staff at the school site test positive for COVID-19 or are absent with COVID-like symptoms, masks will be required for students and staff at the school, regardless of vaccination status, for a minimum of 10 days.
  • Kids Club: If a student is required to wear a mask during the school day, the student is required to wear the face covering while attending Kids Club.
  • NEW/Shortened Isolation: A student or staff member returning from a shortened isolation will be required to wear a mask, regardless of any masking guideline in place at their school. 
Quarantine and Isolation Information

Click here for a Guide for Quarantine from the State of Minnesota Department of Health.

Click here for a Guide for Isolation from the State of Minnesota Department of Health.

Click here for information from the CDC on quarantine and isolation guidelines.

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. Click here for the Centennial dashboard.

COVID-19 Testing, and Vaccinations

Families can consult with local, county, and state health organizations to learn more about testing and vaccines. Click  here for COVID testing and vaccine information.

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

PLEASE NOTE: 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.