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Updates for families from the District 279 COVID-19 Response Team

How to report COVID-19 related illnesses & exposures

Has your student been exposed to someone with COVID-19, displayed symptoms or tested positive for the virus? You can communicate COVID-19 related illnesses and exposures to schools by:

  • Completing the new online form
  • Communicating with our school via email or phone

Thank you for helping keep our community healthy!

COVID-19 testing for kids & families

  • Anyone with symptoms, anyone who was exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and anyone who has attended a large gathering or indoor event should get tested.
  • Individuals returning to school, sports or other extra-curricular activities should consider testing prior to attending or participating. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends bi-weekly testing to reduce asymptomatic exposures and spread of illness.

Visit a community testing site or participate in no-cost at-home testing.

To schedule appointments for the whole family or group at the same time, visit COVID-19 Community Testing. Everyone who participates will need to set up their own account to get tested, including children.

CDC & MDH discourage travel

With spring break right around the corner, Osseo Area Schools is not currently requiring quarantine following travel. However, students and staff considering travel during this school year are encouraged to keep a close eye on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MDH. The CDC advises that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 and unnecessary travel is highly discouraged.

MN Vaccine Connector

The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps all Minnesotans find out when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will:

  • alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;
  • connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
  • notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.