Important Updates for the Roseville Area Schools Community

October 23, 2020

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Hello Roseville Area Schools families!
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Update on the transition to blended learning

This coming Monday, students in ECSE, pre-K, second grade and third grade will begin attending school in-person two days a week (either M-Tu or Th-F) – unless they have opted into the Distance Learning Academy.
Our school board will continue to revisit our learning model plan monthly at their meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month. We are aware that positive cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County are on the rise. It is entirely possible that the plan to transition to blended learning will be impacted by changing health conditions in our community.
At this time, we are continuing with our transition plan. Below is the current schedule for transitioning grades to blended learning:
  • October 26 - ECSE, pre-K, grades 2  3
  • November 9 - Grades 4 – 6
  • December 7 - Grades 7 – 12
Read our plan presented to the board on transitioning to blended learning, and learn more about health and safety at our Reopening page.

Mask requirements in schools

As more students begin to attend school in person, we remind students and families of the requirement to wear a mask at school at all times. 
Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-81 states that all students, staff and other people present in school buildings and district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles are required to wear a face covering. There are limited, specific exceptions to this order for early childhood learners and some students with special education needs. Outside of these exceptions, students cannot refuse to wear a mask in school. Students who do not want to wear a mask in school should consider opting-in to our district’s full-time distance learning program.
If a student refuses to wear a mask in school, staff will communicate that the face-covering requirement is a learning task and part of maintaining a safe learning environment for every member of the school community. Face coverings are required by the governor, and it is not a rule that the school can choose to ignore. If a student continues to refuse to follow the face-covering requirement, their presence in the classroom creates a health and safety risk to other students and staff. Staff will seek the involvement of the student’s parent/guardian and building administrator in such a case. Moving to distance learning is not a punitive measure, but it may be more appropriate for a student who does not want to adhere to the requirement. 

School board meetings via YouTube Live

Given the increased interest in viewing our meetings online during the global pandemic, we've been making adjustments to accommodate the increase in web traffic. Beginning Tuesday, October 27, 2020, our board meetings can also be viewed live via the Roseville Area Schools YouTube Channel, in addition to Channel 18 and our existing webstream. Read more about accessing our school board meetings during the pandemic.

Check out the new Roseville Family Table program

Our school nutrition services staff continue to innovate and come up with new and exciting opportunities for feeding Roseville Area students and families. 
This week, we began the Roseville Family Table program, which offers curbside pickup of free, ready-to-heat family-style meals. Roseville Area Schools is able to offer this program through a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland and Minnesota Central Kitchen. Each family receives two meals from either the green, blue or red menu at no cost to our families (see menus above).
Meals will be available for pickup at Central Park Elementary, Edgerton Elementary and Harambee Elementary every Friday from October 23 through December 18 from 4 - 6 p.m. Meal pickup will not be available on non-school days.
For information about new meal pickup times and home delivery options, visit our Nutrition Services page.

Check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school 

All students that come to school must be healthy and have no symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. We need the help of families to make sure their students are well enough to attend school so that school is a safe environment for everyone.
Download this simple tool to help you determine each day if your student or any family member should stay home from school:
This daily screening tool helps you decide if you should go to a school building each day. MDH has provided guidance for schools, including a flow chart when a student or staff member is experiencing the following symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Our screening tool is based on this flow chart, which is also available from the state:
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