Robbinsdale Area Schools Close Friday Due to COVID-19 Concerns
Robbinsdale Area Schools closed Friday out of precaution due to a situation with the coronavirus outbreak. The district says a parent of a Forest Elementary student informed school staff of being in contact with a person who later tested positive for COVID-19.
The parent reported being in the gym at Forest Elementary Wednesday during parent pick-up. Forest Elementary Principal Melissa Jackson immediately called the parent and instructed the parent to contact the Minnesota Department of Health hotline to determine next steps.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommended that the parent keep the student home until further instructions. The parent is not currently showing any symptoms but district officials say they will remain in contact with the parent.
In response, Robbinsdale School District is working to thoroughly clean and sanitize the gym and parent pick-up areas.
The MDH is recommending that schools reduce large gatherings and to limit visitors into buildings.
Wayzata School District Coronavirus Plan
The Wayzata School District, meanwhile, sent a letter to staff and families on Thursday informing about its plan.
The Wayzata District will be canceling all evening and weekend school activities, community classes and facility rentals through April 6. The school will also cancel field trips and other off-campus learning experiences through April 6.
The district said they are working to put together online and other learning experiences for students in the event that they must close schools.
School officials said they will be taking directions from health experts including the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more stories on Coronavirus impact click here.