School district could use Connected Learning Days in event of COVID-19 outbreak

Shakopee Public Schools released a statement Friday morning regarding the international COVID-19 outbreak, of which there are no confirmed cases in Minnesota.

COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family and is a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. According to CBS News on Friday morning, more than 83,000 cases of the COVID-19 disease have been confirmed in more than 50 countries, with about 60 of those cases in the U.S.

Shakopee Public Schools’ statement said in the event of a local outbreak, the district would take direction from the Minnesota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Minnesota Department of Education.

“If needed, the district could utilize Connected Learning Days (CoLD) to help meet student learning requirements,” the statement said.

Connected Learning Days are remote learning days designed for weather closures. The district has not had to use CoLD yet this school year.

The school district listed the following tips for illness prevention:

  • Keep students home if they are not feeling well
  • Cover coughs and sneezes (preferably into your elbow)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Clean surfaces and objects like toys, desks, keyboards, cell phones, and doorknobs

Scott County Public Health released a similar statement on its website, saying the department is monitoring the situation and asking people to take extra precaution when it comes to the spread of illness.

To monitor statewide alerts and learn more information about COVID-19, visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health.

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