The health and well-being of each member of the DeLaSalle community remains our highest priority and continues to guide our planning and response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic has changed how we interact with each other and conduct school. But it has not shaken our mission to provide a relevant educational experience, rooted in Gospel values, for our students. In fact, the pandemic has strengthened our ties as a community and allowed us to respond, as we have for more than 120 years, with compassion and concern for each individual. The resources below will help each of us understand how we can safely engage with each other in the DeLaSalle community.
Through collaborative input, DeLaSalle has created a Pandemic Preparedness Plan that serves as a foundation for our operations during the 2020-21 school year while addressing the health and safety needs of our employees, students, and community. Our planning continues to be guided by the latest science and recommendations from public officials, including the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). School offices will create more specific guidance for their departments, activities, and circumstances as needed. It is important that each member of the DeLaSalle community familiarize themselves with the plan and the actions it requires.
|Wear a Face Covering
As required by the Minnesota Governor’s Executive Order, DeLaSalle requires that everyone in the building wear a face covering. If you are unable to wear a face covering, reasonable accommodations will be made.
Students, employees, and visitors should conduct a health assessment at home and not report to school if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms. Everyone must check and record their temperature as soon as they arrive on campus. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4F may not remain on campus and should leave the premises.
|Maintain Physical Distancing
Maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others as much as feasible. Some bathroom stalls or urinals have been marked off to provide for proper physical distancing.
|Follow Posted Signage and Directions
Please observe the directional traffic signs in school hallways and classrooms.
|Healthy Hand Hygiene
Students, employees, and visitors should sanitize their hands when they enter and leave any space in the school (sanitize in/sanitize out). Always wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating. Regularly sanitize your hands when coming into contact with high-touch areas or shared items.
DeLaSalle has developed our Pandemic Preparedness Plan in accordance with the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan and the MDH 2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools. We have taken these guidance documents into consideration and we are continuously evaluating the local COVID-19 situation to inform our decisions.
All students must review the “Student” section of the Pandemic Preparedness Plan.
- Monitor your health: Complete your home-based health screening every day and stay home when you are ill or have had contact with someone who had COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test.
- Keep your distance: Maintain a minimum of 6ft between yourself and others as much as feasible.
- Wash your hands: Always wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating. Regularly sanitize your hands when coming into contact with high-touch areas or shared items.
- Wear your mask: As required by the Minnesota Governor’s Executive Order, DeLaSalle requires that everyone in the building wear a face covering. If you are unable to wear a face covering, reasonable accommodations will be made.
- Support your community: Be kind and help others. Now is the time to serve your community!
- Outside of School
It is important that all students continue to follow best practices for COVID-19 prevention even when not at school, in order to keep our entire DeLaSalle community safe and healthy. The State of Minnesota and the country as a whole is still in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect yourself and others: 1) avoid close contact with individuals outside of your household, 2) avoid crowded spaces and poorly ventilated rooms (including vehicles), 3) stay home when you’re not feeling well.
All of DeLaSalle’s activities will comply with the health and safety protocols outlined in the Pandemic Preparedness Plan. This means that some activities will be offered onsite, while others will be offered remotely. More on the Student Activities webpage.
DeLaSalle administration, staff and counselors recognize the myriad emotions our students and families may be experiencing as they are returning to school. While there is excitement to go back to “normal” routines, there is also uncertainty and fear that things will be different due to the ongoing pandemic and continued social injustice that impact our school community.
It is important to recognize that students will react in various ways to the things going on in their environment. Some of these reactions include: behavioral changes, anger, anxiety, distress, and unusual sleep patterns. DeLaSalle counselors understand the importance of social, emotional and mental health support during these times of unrest. Counselors will be available to provide support both on campus and virtually. In addition to supporting our students and families, we will continue sending information and resources to best support our community.
Resources to Support Students and Families
- Support for Teens and Young Adults (CDC)
- Loss of Normal
- Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Belly Breathing
- Apps for Mental Health
Family/ Parent Support