Carlton Public Schools 2022-2023 COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Carlton Public Schools

2022-2023 COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Carlton Public Schools’ COVID-19 plan was put into place with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Carlton County Public Health. Carlton Public Schools are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Strategies for Everyday Operations 

Carlton Public Schools will balance the risk of COVID-19 with educational, social, and mental health outcomes when deciding which prevention strategies to put in place. Carlton Public Schools use multiple layers of mitigation to reduce infectious diseases, including the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Masking 

Wearing a well-fitting mask consistently and correctly reduces the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Although masking is not required, any staff or student who chooses to wear a mask will be supported in their decision to do so. 

Vaccinations 

Staying up to date on routine vaccinations is essential to prevent illness from many different infections.  Vaccinations for COVID-19 for those 6 months of age and older are strongly recommended and encouraged, but are not currently required by the school district.

Hand Hygiene Practices

Proper hand washing practices are very important to reduce the spread of any virus. Carlton Public Schools will teach and reinforce covering coughs and sneezes to help staff and students from getting and spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19. 

Health Screening 

Staff members and students are encouraged to self-monitor and pre-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their arrival at school.

COVID-19 Testing

Individuals who are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to seek testing at home or anywhere testing is offered. Carlton Public Schools will take advantage of the free testing option provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Staff and students may request at-home COVID-19 tests from the health office, as supply allows. 

Isolation for POSITIVE  COVID-19 Results 

5-day isolation is required for students and staff  who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Your child may return to school on or after Day #6 when all of the following have been met:

  1. Your child’s symptoms have improved, and they are well enough to participate in routine school activities
  2. Your child has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  3. Your child has completed their full 5-day isolation period

(“Improved symptoms” means that the individual no longer feels ill; they can do their daily routine just as they did before they were ill, and any remaining symptoms, such as a cough or runny nose, are very mild, or infrequent.)

It is strongly recommended that staff & students WEAR A MASK on Days 6-10 upon return to school and activities.

Calculating Isolation:  

  • Day Zero is the first day symptoms began (for symptomatic individuals), or the date of the positive test (for asymptomatic individuals)
  • Day #1 is the first full day after symptoms began
  • Day #5 is the fifth full day and the last day of isolation at home
  • Day #6 is the date the student is cleared for return to school, childcare or other school-affiliated sports, events, programs or activities.

Individuals who are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine.  

Reporting cases of COVID-19 

Schools in Minnesota are required to report positive cases of COVID-19 to the MInnesota Department of Health. If staff or students test positive for COVID-19, please contact the school nurse, Stacie Godbout at 218-384-4225 ext. 237 or sgodbout@carlton.k12.mn.us.. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Carlton Public Schools will utilize EPA approved cleaning and disinfecting solutions to complete tasks with frequencies indicated for specific spaces and activity levels to reduce the risk of germs spreading throughout the buildings.

Ventilation Systems 

Schools can optimize ventilation and improve indoor air quality to reduce the risk of germs and contaminants spreading through the air. Carlton Public Schools will ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible. We regularly change air filters with all air handling units and perform scheduled preventative maintenance tasks on these systems throughout the year.

Carlton Public Schools continue to work closely with the Carlton County Health Department, monitoring COVID-19 infection rates and guidance. We are prepared to change practices and procedures if local COVID-19 rates rise and guidance is clear that we should do so.