COVID-19 FAQs

Farmington Area Public Schools 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Last update: April 23, 2020


Click here for a list of resources to help families and students while schools are closed.

Click here to view the Farmington Area Public Schools Distance Learning Plan | (Español)

Will school be closed or activities canceled due to COVID-19?
All Farmington Area Public Schools have implemented Distance Learning through the end of the school year. We continue to follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).  All before- and after-school activities are canceled until further notice. This includes but is not limited to: athletics; activities; credit recovery and incomplete completion; Community Education enrichment, recreation, and teams. Wee Tigers and ECFE are still meeting via free distance learning class time. All district events are canceled until further notice. (At this time, no decision has been made regarding high school commencement.)

Community Education Summer Activities
Farmington Area Community Education continues to follow the expert guidance regarding COVID-19 from the United States Centers for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and Dakota County Public Health. The health and safety of our community is our top priority right now.

We continue to work on creative and innovative ways to provide opportunities for our instructors and learners to continue education through this challenging time using distance learning and other safe solutions. We will continue to share details and options regarding class and camp offerings, cancellations and schedules as we receive guidance from the state on how Community Education operations will continue.

Our summer camps are open for registration and payments have been postponed until five days prior to the start. If the class or camp is cancelled, you will be notified. We hope this will encourage you to secure your spot in your favorite class or camp, without being charged, as we wait for further guidance. For cash or check payments, please contact our office at (651) 460-3200.


Stepping Stones and Kid Connection
Stepping Stones and Kid Connection closed until further notice.

 

Temporary Emergency Child Care 

Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-20, free child care for the children of emergency workers (including providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel) was outlined. The orders directed schools to provide care to, at a minimum, district-enrolled students aged 12 and under. In order to ensure that we are providing for the needs of our students, we are clarifying the work that falls within each of the identified emergency workers categories. Temporary Emergency Childcare will only be available at the Meadowview location, only to emergency personnel staff, healthcare workers, and ISD 192 core staff (check with your supervisor). Meals will be provided for children when it is requested at registration.  — Click here to register for Temporary Emergency Child Care for the children of emergency workers.

 

Wee Tigers and Early Childhood Family Education
All Wee Tigers and ECFE classes are participating in free distance learning March 30, 2020 - May 4, 2020. Teachers will contact families the week of March 30 with instructions on the Distance Learning process. Wee Tigers will continue to provide learning material through alternative ways of instruction. The program has planned activities, lessons, learning links, and assignments that will be sent by the student’s teachers. 

 

Meals for Students Grab-and-go meals will be available to all Farmington Area Public Schools students beginning on Tuesday, March 17 through the end of the school year. Meals will be available at Akin Road Elementary (5231 195th St. W., Farmington, MN 55024) and Farmington Elementary (500 Maple St., Farmington, MN 55024 ) between the hours of 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. If you have questions, concerns or need accommodations please contact Chartwells, our Food Service provider, at (651)463-5025 or foodservice@farmington.k12.mn.us.

Picking up meals is permitted and encouraged during the stay-at-home period. 

Free Internet Charter Communications, one of the broadband Internet service providers for our attendance area, is offering free Spectrum Internet and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households who do not currently have a Spectrum broadband subscription and have children in grades K-12 and/or college. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
To enroll, please call 1-844-488-8395 and see the following link for additional information:

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more



What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before. Based on reports from places where it has circulated, COVID-19 presents a range of illnesses. While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions. So far, very few children have fallen sick due to COVID-19. Because this is a new virus, there are still things we do not know, such as how severe the illness can be, how well it is transmitted between people, and other features of the virus.


What is Farmington Area Public Schools doing about COVID-19?

As recommended by the Minnesota Department of Healthy (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Farmington Area Public Schools has increased focus on cleaning and disinfecting, and implemented social distancing practices. For details, please see the Farmington Area Public Schools COVID-19 Pandemic Plan.

What about middle school and high school athletics? 

— Decisions about Minnesota State High School League events are being made by MSHSL (click for more details). 


What about travel outside the country or outside the area? 

With Spring Break coming up at the end of March, we realize that travel will increase exponentially. With that in mind, please know: 

— School districts do not have the authority or the means to monitor the personal travel of students and families or to restrict school attendance as a result of travel.

— We request that families be aware of, and comply with, the recommendations of the CDC with regard to travel abroad, particularly to countries with Level 3 Travel Health Notices. If families choose to travel to countries on the list, the CDC recommends a 14-day self-imposed quarantine. School districts do not have authority to impose or monitor quarantines for individual students or families but request that families comply with these recommendations.

— As of March 12, all school sponsored travel planned for Spring Break has been canceled or postponed. 


What actions should we take to protect our family?

The Minnesota Department of Health indicates that following these basic good health practices is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family:

— Make sure to cover coughs and sneezes. — Encourage frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Model frequent hand washing in your home and workplace. — Keep children home from school until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. — Stay home from work if you are sick. — If you plan to go to the doctor with flu-like symptoms, please call ahead so the clinic can be prepared for your arrival.

Additionally, you may take this opportunity to review your family’s own emergency plans. Think about backup plans for childcare if school is temporarily closed or if parents, children, or a childcare provider is sick. Think about necessary items to have at home, including prescription medication (check your refill dates), and non-prescription medications, such as fever-reducing medications.


How do we talk with our children about COVID-19?

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has prepared guidance for parents to talk with their children about COVID-19.

Read the NASP guidance in English

Read the NASP guidance in Spanish


How does Farmington Area Public Schools stay up to date about COVID-19?

Student and staff health and safety is a top priority. We are monitoring developments closely and receive strong support from our partners at the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education. Farmington Area Public Schools is following the guidance of these and other state agencies. We are also receiving updates from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure our school district has the latest information. Interim Superintendent Jason Berg and the District’s COVID-19 preparation team participates in a statewide call every Wednesday for schools solely about the virus and the information most valuable to schools.


Further Questions

If you have questions about infectious diseases, please call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651 201-5414.


If you have questions about Farmington Area Public Schools’ preparation for COVID-19, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (651) 463-5013. 


Additional Resources:


Minnesota Department of Health resources:

— In English: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basics.pdf

— In Spanish: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basicsspanish.pdf

— In Somali: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basicssomali.pdf


Minnesota Department of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/index.html


Minnesota Department of Health Prepare and Protect for COVID-19:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html


Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Family Emergency Preparedness:

https://www.ready.gov/


Previous Messages Sent to Families:

February 28

March 10  March 13 March 15 March 16 - Update on School Closing March 17-20 March 16 - Meals and Childcare (March 17-20) March 17 - Resources for Families March 25 - Distance Learning to Begin March 30 Superintendent Video Updates (Every Friday, Beginning April 3) April 23 - Schools Closed for Remainder of Year


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