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 addresses the health and safety needs of our employees, students, and community. Our planning is 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.

 

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.

We remind the DeLaSalle community that everyone can take steps to minimize the spread of illness by following our Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

  • If you or anyone in your household is sick, stay home.
  • If you or anyone in your household is waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test, stay home.
  • Protect yourself and others by maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet from others, wearing a face covering when it is hard to keep physical distancing, washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your cough and sneeze, and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Additionally, we recommend that you frequently clean all commonly touched surfaces (e.g. telephones, doorknobs, countertops, etc.).
  • If symptoms develop, stay home and consult with your physician to determine if medical evaluation is needed. If you are experiencing symptoms or have any concerns about COVID-19 exposure, please contact DeLaSalle’s Health Services Coordinator to provide your family with individualized guidance for school-related activities.

Students and families participating in onsite activities are encouraged to seek regular COVID-19 testing as a form of screening for illness. Previously, MDH had recommended that only people with symptoms or risk of exposure to a positive case seek COVID-19 testing. Now that the State has greatly increased testing capacity at free community testing locations (in addition to the free at-home testing kits), getting a COVID-19 test is quick and easy, and MDH specifically recommends students and families participating in onsite activities use these tests. This means that students and families who have no symptoms or exposure are encouraged to get tested regularly. Through the MDE educator testing program, DeLaSalle has been conducting COVID-19 screening tests for employees every two weeks. By testing regularly, these COVID-19 diagnostic tests turn into a screening and surveillance tool, to help individuals, families, and the school be more vigilant and assist in tracking any potential COVID-19 transmission. (Please note, individuals are not required to stay home while waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test if it was taken in a screening capacity, but must stay home if testing is due to symptoms or COVID-19 exposure.)

What does student/family testing look like?

There are many options for students and families to get tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis. One example is to take your whole family to a free community testing location the same day of the week, every other week. Another example is to order free at-home testing kits for each member of your household and use them on the same day of the week, every other week. Both the community testing locations and at-home testing kits are saliva tests, which are quick and easy to use! Alternatively, you can also seek testing from your healthcare provider or many pharmacies. The important thing to remember is that screening regularly for COVID-19 adds another mitigation layer to all the other strategies we have in place—it doesn’t have to be perfect, but it definitely helps! DeLaSalle encourages families to implement this strategy to support our COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Please contact Caroline Sell, our Health Services Coordinator, with any questions.

The State of Minnesota has announced the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, which is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. This system is a proactive way for all Minnesotans to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine, so that when they become eligible, they can be alerted and connected to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment. All Minnesotans are invited to complete the form so they are added to the system. At this time, only certain groups are eligible to get vaccinated, and if you know someone who is eligible but unable to sign up (for example, someone age 65+ who is not tech-savvy), please help them sign up with the Vaccine Connector. It may still be a while before the general public has access to a vaccine, but when the eligibility guidelines change you will be contacted if you have completed the Vaccine Connector.

All students must review the “Student” section of the Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

  • Expectations
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. 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.
  • Activities
    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.

We want to hear from you! Please direct your questions/comments here and we will send them to the appropriate person who can answer your questions. 

DeLaSalle administration, staff and counselors recognize the myriad emotions our students and families may be experiencing because of the pandemic. 

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.