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Staying Informed and Preparing for COVID-19

Many people have questions about the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus called COVID-19, especially how it may affect schools. As of Feb. 27, there are no confirmed cases in Minnesota. The City of Minneapolis’s Health Department is actively monitoring the situation in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are working closely with the City, Hennepin County, and the State as well to stay
up-to-date on the best ways to keep students and staff safe.
 
For now, we are following their lead and recommendations. We will also keep our website regularly updated. You can prepare, too — the same as you would for colds and flu:

● Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● If you or your child are sick, stay home.
● Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs, and other necessities on hand in case you need to stay home and are not able to go out easily.
● Frequently clean all commonly touched work surfaces, work areas, and equipment (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, lunch areas, countertops, copiers, etc.).

We know COVID-19 may affect some students, staff, and families even if they are not sick. Nonstop news coverage and high levels of uncertainty can feel scary and overwhelming. People may have concerns about loved ones who are sick or at risk of being sick. For staff, please work with your supervisor and utilize the Employee Assistance Program.
 
To learn more about COVID-19, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Thank you for working with us to keep our community informed and safe.
 
This announcement is available as an attachment in Spanish and Somali. Click to download.