MSA Covid-19 Update - 3/4/2022
As of Saturday, March 5th, face coverings will be strongly recommended, but no longer required at MSA for staff, visitors and students of all ages. This adjustment continues to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.
COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool from the CDC to help us and communities decide what prevention steps to take based on hospitalizations and cases. For more information on these guidelines, visit: COVID-19 Community levels.
MSA COVID-19 Update - 2/2/2022
Dear MSA Families,
After careful review of the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and to remain consistent with District 833, MSA updated our isolation and quarantine guidelines beginning Monday, January 31. Even with these changes, anyone who feels sick should stay home and get tested before coming to school. After implementing these new guidelines, if it is determined that we are having a high rate of COVID-19 spread within our school community, we will revisit these guidelines and modify them as needed.
We have updated our MSA COVID-19 Exclusion Decision Tree to help individuals determine when it is OK to return to school.
Isolation is used to separate people with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 from others. MSA will follow the new CDC guidelines for staff and students who test positive for COVID-19:
- Individual must isolate at home for at least five days
- Day zero ‘0’ is the day of positive test for
COVID-19 or symptoms began
- Individual must wear a mask for 10 days following
the date of positive test for COVID-19
- Individual should wear a mask at home if
they live with other individuals who have
not been exposed, have not tested positive
or do not have symptoms
On day six (6):
- If individual did not have symptoms, they should continue to wear a mask until at
least day 10, but can resume in person school and activities with a NEGATIVE COVID test.
- If individual has no fever and symptoms are gone, they should continue to wear a
mask until at least day 10, but can resume in person school and activities with a NEGATIVE COVID test.
- If individual has a fever and/or still has symptoms, they should stay home until
the fever and symptoms are gone for 24 hours and continue to wear a mask until at
least day 10
On day 10:
- If individual has a fever or any symptoms, they should continue to isolate and
wear a mask until the fever and all symptoms are gone for 24 hours
If your child participates in athletics or activities, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) requires that students meet all three additional requirements to resume participation in competitions:
- It has been at least 10 days since your child first experienced symptoms or
- Your child can not have experienced a fever within the last 24 hours, without the
use of medicine that lowers fevers
- Any symptoms of cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms must have improved
Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 who have not been tested, must also isolate for at least 5 days after symptoms began.
Quarantine is used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.
Quarantines for those identified as close contacts will follow new guidance with a reduced quarantine of five (5) days. The last date of exposure is considered day zero (0), with a return to school activities on day six (6) with a NEGATIVE COVID test.
Students are exempt from quarantine IF:
- They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days AND do not currently
have symptoms of COVID-19, or
- They completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-
dose series or one dose in a one-dose series) at least 14 days before the
exposure AND do not have symptoms of COVID-19
Quarantined individuals are asked to test prior to returning to school. MSA has Rapid Antigen tests available. If symptoms develop or your child tests positive, email Becky Bogan at firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps and do not attend school. Individuals cannot “test out” of their required quarantine period even if they have a negative test. After the 5-day quarantine, continue to watch for symptoms through day 14. If symptoms develop, stay home, isolate from others and get tested immediately.
Face coverings continue to be required in MSA buildings. If possible, students should wear a N95, KN95 or multilayered mask. Extra masks are available at school for students who need them.
Testing and Vaccination
Vaccine resources are available on the MDH website. Weekly testing is encouraged for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, at community testing locations or through our schools weekly PCR testing program. Email Becky Bogan (email@example.com) if you would like to sign-up for weekly PCR testing. We also have a limited supply of Rapid Antigen test kits available. These are best used with symptomatic individuals, as that is when they are most accurate.