Positive Case Notification
How will I be notified if my child is exposed to COVID-19?
If your child is exposed to anyone at school or on a school bus with COVID-19, they may be considered a Close Contact, depending on their proximity and duration of exposure. The general definition of a Close Contact continues to be someone within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period.
However, unlike in spring 2021, not all Close Contacts will necessarily be required to quarantine.
Per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's K-12 indoor classroom setting exception*, a student** would not be considered Close Contact or need to quarantine if all three of the following conditions are met:
• The student was not within fewer than 3 feet of the positive individual for over 15 minutes total in a 24-hour period.
• The student and the positive individual have been wearing their masks consistently and correctly.
• The school is following all layered mitigation strategies.
*A student would still be required to quarantine from extracurricular activities and non-school related activities, but they could still attend afterschool childcare.
**This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.If your child is considered a Close Contact, our Health Office will work with classroom staff to identify whether they are required to quarantine. If they are, our Health Office will notify you by phone and will work with you to arrange for your child to go home to quarantine. They will also provide you with a letter with instructions for quarantining and other information about getting tested and when they can return to school.
How can I stay updated on any positive cases in the building?
We continue to publish a case count dashboard that is updated every Wednesday. We restarted the dashboard for the 2021-22 school year on August 18. (The previous school year's case count is archived on the page for your reference.) You can check the page at any time to see the number of individuals who have tested positive and who have been close contacts in any MMSD building in the last 14 days: We also report the district-wide cumulative total for the school year at: mmsd.org/casecount. It is our desire to be transparent while protecting individual student and staff privacy. For this reason, we suppress numbers of 6 or fewer.
If there is a positive COVID-19 case in our building, we will also send an email to all families and staff so that you have this information. This includes our after-school childcare programs. For the same privacy reasons as above, we do not plan to identify the number of cases on a particular day in our communication. (For example, if we are made aware of two individuals who test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, we would send an email Wednesday letting you know that at least one person tested positive.) This aligns with how other schools in the district will be communicating, as we believe consistency is important.
Please remember: Unless you are directly contacted by our Health Office, your child is not considered a close contact in need of quarantining.
What level of detail will you provide publicly?
Your child's privacy is important to us. In line with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we will not provide details on anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. We will not identify names, whether the individual is a student or staff member, grade, language, gender identity and so on.
How will I be notified if my child's classroom has to close, or the school has to close?
We certainly hope this will occur rarely if at all, but there may be times that your child is not exposed to COVID-19 but their classroom must temporarily close, or the entire building must temporarily close and switch to virtual learning for a period of time.
This could be due to a variety of reasons. Factors considered include the number of student and staff close contacts, other student and staff absences, cohort cross over, safety practices, Public Health data and other community concerns.
In these cases, we will communicate with you as quickly as possible about closures so you have as much time as possible to plan. However, we know that there may be times when there is very little time to plan, but we will do our best to send texts (please be sure you have opted in to receiving text messages in Infinite Campus), automated phone calls, and emails.
If the school has to close, how can my child still receive breakfast and lunch?
We want to make sure that all of our students have access to nutritious meals they would otherwise receive at school, and we will make sure you have information on meal pick-ups.