The use of face coverings is recommended at all grade levels and may be required for a set period of time in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Our district leadership team will continue to regularly review COVID-19 case rates in the district, in our local communities and across Minnesota. In general, COVID-19-related health and safety measures are communicated in the Parent Post and on this page.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is with one of the safe and effective vaccines. Eden Prairie Schools recommends, but does not require, COVID vaccinations for students and staff who are eligible (currently, ages 5 and up). To avoid prolonged quarantines that keep students out of school, families should consider vaccination for everyone in their household who is eligible.
Every Minnesotan age 5 years and older is now eligible to get their shot. The Minnesota Department of Health has asked all schools to continue sharing information about the Vaccine Connector app.
District staff are not initiating vaccination with students or staff.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
Based on the very low rates of student and staff quarantine the district is suspending the use of contact tracing and district-wide quarantine procedures. The district will continue to review and adjust as needed.
During the state and national response to COVID-19, families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch may be eligible for certain programs. Families can apply anytime. An online application can be accessed through the Parent Portal. Once logged in, click on More, then Meal Benefits in the left sidebar.
The application is also available to download, print and submit via mail. A letter approving/denying benefits will be mailed to your home address after the application has been processed.
Last year, Eden Prairie Schools pioneered the use of electrostatic sprayers in school cleaning routines. These sprayers distribute disinfectant more evenly. The germ-killing particles cling to surfaces in order to exceed contact time for sanitation. Electrostatic sprayers are proven to disinfect many different surfaces, including fabric upholstery. Please read below for the 2021-22 Updated Covid-19 Cleaning Procedures:
Facility Cleaning Methods and Considerations
Eden Prairie Public Schools has prepared in-depth cleaning practices to prevent the exposure of COVID-19. Key elements include:
• Staff will utilize Oxivir Five, which is an approved disinfectant on EPA List N.
• The dwell time of product is 5 minutes.
• The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) states that no Personal Protective Protection, (PPE) is required during use.
• The SDS is available to staff on the Facilities and Safety webpage on the Eden Prairie Schools website
• The containers are pre-labeled with GHS compliant labels.
• Staff have received training on good cleaning practices and Employee Right-to-Know. Records are in the district office.
When technology items are needing to be cleaned, isopropyl alcohol will be utilized to prevent damage to the equipment.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend routine cleaning and disinfection occur to assist in prevention of the virus spread. The District accomplishes this through routine cleaning of high touch points as listed below, per CDC guidelines.
Internal custodial staff who complete routine cleaning follow these recommendations:
Wear chemical-resistant gloves.
If the surface is visibly dirty, clean using soap & water.
Disinfect surfaces using disinfectant provided and paper towels and or disposable scrub pads. The product needs to remain wet on the surface for the designated amount of time.
Use a garbage bag for your waste. When full, place garbage in dumpster.
Remove gloves, then wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
Eden Prairie Schools has always met or exceeded industry standards for educational institutions with our air handling systems. High-filtration air filters continue to be used in our air handling systems. Eden Prairie Schools uses filters that meet or exceed industry (ASHRAE) guidance. We have increased intake of fresh air and accelerated filter changes following guidance from Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. Every school maximizes the fresh air flow into the building and minimizes recycled air so that our classrooms have new, fresh air every eight to 10 minutes.
COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a viral respiratory illness with symptoms ranging from a mild cold to severe illness. Eden Prairie Schools is closely monitoring information and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). You can find comprehensive information at the MDH COVID-19 webpage. If you have additional questions about the virus, please contact the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
School staff may ask about your student and family vaccination status on a need-to-know basis when it is essential to ensure the health of other students or staff. This information will remain private and confidential and is not part of a permanent record.