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An Update to Our Health and Safety Procedures

Dear South Washington County Schools Community,

As we complete our first month of school, we are beginning to see patterns in student illness (flu-like symptoms) and positive COVID-19 cases. Our fall health and safety plans shared this summer included the possibility of shifting students to distance learning if there was an increase in COVID-19 in our classrooms or schools.

To help families prepare for this possibility, we are sharing our criteria for COVID-19 decision-making that defines when increased health strategies will be put in place (including face coverings in our high schools) and when classrooms or schools would move to distance learning.


We also need your help. Please have your child get tested for COVID-19 if they show symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, severe headaches or new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose. If your child is ill, please keep them home. Parents will be asked to pick up their child from school if their student shows two or more symptoms listed above. 

We continue to be hopeful and look forward to when we can lift some of our health and safety measures. Before that can happen, we evaluate several factors including:

  • The Washington County transmission rates (currently high)

  • Positive cases reported in our schools (view the district dashboard)

  • Student absences due to illness

  • Availability of the vaccine for students under the age of 12

  • Discussions with Washington County public health officials to determine what they're seeing in the community

Our main priority is the health and safety of students and staff with the ultimate goal of consistent in-person learning. Thank you for supporting South Washington County Schools.


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Julie Nielsen