Perham-Dent Public Schools 2022-23 Opening Plan
The Perham-Dent School District is hoping to return to a near normal school year in the fall of 2022. These are the current plans for Perham-Dent Public Schools and are subject to change pending new state and/or federal mandates. Those details include plans on face coverings, social distancing and vaccinations.
The plans are as follows for the Perham-Dent School District:
Schedule: School will be in-person, five days per week with regular start and end times for each building.
Face Coverings: School will be in-person, five days per week with regular start and end times for each building.
Social Distancing: Face coverings are optional for students and staff.
Vaccines: Perham-Dent Schools are not requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations for students, staff or visitors, including school volunteers.
Meals: Students will eat lunch and breakfast in the cafeteria.
Cleaning: Cleaning protocols will continue to support mitigation of COVID-19. Drinking fountains and water refill stations will be open for the students.
Healthy Facilities: HVAC systems will be running at maximum capacity to ensure high air flow and air quality.
Health Screening and Quarantine: ○ Self-Screening for symptoms of illness will be required. If you are ill, stay home and report your symptoms to the school nurse.
○ There will be no contact tracing at Perham-Dent Public Schools, but nurses will report total Covid cases on a weekly basis to MDH.
○ All COVID positive students/staff need to stay home from school for 5 days or obtain a negative test in order to return to school. Tests should be administered
3- 5 days after exposure.
○ The school will notify PK-6 families if a student or staff member in their student’s classroom tests positive. Families should monitor symptoms closely but students are not required to quarantine if they are not symptomatic.
○ The School will notify 7-12 families if 5% or more in a specific grade test positive or if 5% or more of the total 7-12 enrollment tests positive. Families should monitor symptoms closely but students are not required to quarantine if they are not symptomatic.
○ If a student in your family tests positive for COVID 19, please notify your student’s health office.
○ The COVID positive person must stay home for 5 days after symptoms begin or obtain a negative test in order to return to school. Tests should be administered
3- 5 days after exposure.
○ If your child exhibits fever or COVID like symptoms they will be required to stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications or test negative for COVID. If your child obtains an alternative diagnosis please notify your student’s Health Office for further direction regarding returning.
Food Service: The Perham-Dent Food Service has established material and food procedures that meet the requirements of the MDH, Food and Drug Administration and the MDE.
Accommodations for Special Education: Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies and procedures will be provided. Parents/guardians should contact their child’s case manager to inquire about accommodations.
Partnership with Health Agencies: Perham-Dent Schools will collaborate on issues related to COVID-19 with Otter Tail County Public Health, Perham Health, MDE and MDH. Local Covid infection rates will be monitored with the agencies listed above.
Distance Learning: Perham-Dent Public Schools will not be offering distance learning for the 2022-23 school year.
Subject to Change: This plan, and all areas of operation for Perham-Dent Public Schools, is subject to change at any time due to new state and/or federal mandates regarding Covid. Additional COVID mitigation strategies may also be implemented by the Superintendent if a classroom, grade or school is experiencing high transmission in order to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and community members.