• Safe Learning Spaces

    Preventing the spread of COVID requires a collaborative approach that relies on everyone - students, staff and the community - to be diligent. Helping to keep schools open and safe for everyone is the collective responsibility of all who occupy the building. We must all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By following the guidance of MDH we are building a model with a strong preventive approach. Doing just one thing isn’t effective, our approach is multilayered.

    Face Coverings Required

    Edina Public Schools complies with State Executive Orders that require face coverings. Each student, employee or other person present inside a district building or using district transportation vehicles is required to wear a face covering. Policy 308, App. I

    There are a number of reasons that may exempt a student from the face covering requirement. Decisions regarding exemptions are made within guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, and in collaboration with Student Support Services and school Administration. When a student is exempt from wearing a face covering, additional precautions are implemented to ensure the safety of students and staff in the classroom space.

    Personal Safety Protocols for Students and Staff at School

    • Face covering: All students, staff and other people present in school buildings and district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles are required to wear a face covering. Policy 308, App. I
      • Face coverings should not be placed on anyone under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or unconscious or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance, or anyone who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical or behavioral health condition.
      • Face coverings worn at school are subject to Board Policy 504, Student Dress and Appearance.
    • Cover a cough - When you sneeze or cough, sneeze into your face covering or mask. It is important to still sneeze into your elbow with the face covering on.
    • Wash your hands regularly - preferably with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer. Wash especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food.

    Social Distancing at School

    • To maintain social distancing during arrival and dismissal, traffic patterns will be adjusted.  
    • Students will not be allowed to congregate in common areas.
    • Social distance will be maintained in common spaces such as hallways, restrooms, media center, entry lobbies.
    • We will monitor hallways, entryways and other areas and adjust protocols as needed to maximize distancing.

    Parents/Guardians in Schools

    Schools are closed to visitors and volunteers. Parents and guardians who arrive to pick up a student, or for a designated meeting, should buzz the monitor in the vestibule. In addition:

    • Wear a face covering;
    • Use hand sanitizer found in the vestibule;
    • Review the screening form posted in the vestibule.

    Facilities

    • Hand sanitizer dispensers in building vestibules for use by visitors;
    • Plexiglass barriers at service desks and high traffic areas, such as front desks;
    • Floor markings to indicate proper social distancing;
    • Drinking fountains are off, water bottle fill stations continue to operate.
    • All financial transitions will be contactless, meaning payments will be accepted on the Portal fee payment option only. (No cash or checks.)

    Classrooms

    • Classroom occupancy will be 50%, maintaining as much physical distance as possible between desks.
    • Students will not share items such as technology, books, toys, learning aids.
    • Classes will be organized for group distancing, with students in small groupings that are kept separate from other classroom groupings. Goal is to minimize the number of interactions students and teachers have each day to limit potential exposure.

    Outdoor Spaces

    • If a student is unable to social distance, the student must wear a mask. If students temporarily remove their face covering they must maintain their social distance from others. Face coverings need to be worn in the hallways on the way to the playground and put back on before re-entering the building.

    • Students will wash hands before returning to classrooms as fixed playground equipment is not cleaned. 

    Cleaning Regimen

    • EPS follows MDH recommended regimen using Environmental Protection Agency-approved disinfectant and green seal certified cleaning agents.
    • Classroom surfaces will be cleaned using Suprox, a green-certified hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner, daily and as needed.
    • Custodial staff will disinfect high touch areas nightly

    Ventilation

    • Mechanical systems are set to maximize fresh air intake, with increased run times.
    • Building air filters are set for maximum filtration.

    COVID-19 Monitoring

    EPS has the following protocols in place at all district sites to monitor for illness and manage suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. For more details about protocols, visit the EPS COVID-19 Monitoring page.

  • Safe Learning Spaces

    COVID Self-Screening

    Students and staff should self screen for symptoms of COVID-19 EVERY DAY before coming to school. Click on the header to view the self-screening protocols. Here is a printable PDF for you to keep handy at home.

    Bring to School Every Day

    • Filled water bottle
    • Wear a face covering, bring an extra
    • Lunch (if not having school lunch)
    • Be sure to label all of the above with your name!

    *Secondary students: Wear your lanyard with ID

    PPE for Students

    The Minnesota Department of Education is providing K-12 students with one cloth face covering and 3 disposable face masks. These materials have been ordered and will be distributed to students through their schools.

    Elementary schools prohibit nuts, nut products

    This year, all elementary students will be eating lunch and snacks in their classrooms. To ensure a safe dining experience for all students, foods with peanuts and tree nuts cannot be brought to school. We need your help to keep everyone safe. READ MORE

    Personal Safety Guidelines for Home

    We all play an important role in keeping schools open throughout the coming year. What we do and where we go outside of the school day can have an impact not only on your own health, but on the health and safety of other students and staff, and on our ability to keep schools open. Please review the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance on how to Protect Yourself and Others from COVD-19.

    More Information

    MDH: About COVID-19