We would like to remind families that students have access to COVID-19 test kits. The saliva test kits are available for take-home use by both students and staff.
COVID planning for the 2021-22 school year
(Aug. 17, 2021) As staff here at Robbinsdale Area Schools prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we’re keeping a watchful eye on COVID-19 and the emerging delta variant of the virus. We’ve learned a lot over the past 17 months and believe the upcoming school year will be smoother and feel more like what we’re used to, but it’s also clear the pandemic churns on in spite of our wishes it were over.
During the month of August, the District's internal COVID Incident Command Team, made up of administrators, school principals, and the District’s COVID coordinators, has been finalizing the 2021-22 COVID-19 protocols for this upcoming school year. These protocols were presented to the School Board on Aug. 16 and are now being shared with our families, staff and community.
Face coverings, quarantines
For Robbinsdale Area Schools, the universal wearing of face coverings represents the safest way to start the 2021-22 school year, and also the least disruptive way to conduct in-person learning.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, face coverings will be required for all pre-K-12 students over the age of two, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, while on the school bus, or while indoors at all schools and District facilities, including the Crystal Learning Center.
As a school district, we have a responsibility to protect those who can’t get a vaccine or are not yet eligible for one, including our youngest students.
Requiring masks inside our buildings and buses will allow us to reduce the number of disruptive classroom quarantines. Per the Minnesota Departments of Education (MDE) and Health (MDH), full classroom quarantines will no longer be necessary when face-coverings have been consistently used.
We’re confident in our planning, and the continued layering of efforts to minimize the spread of the virus while at school, which include face-coverings, hand hygiene, and promoting screening and vaccinations of those who are eligible. For those reasons, Robbinsdale Area Schools will begin the school year offering full-time, in-person learning. There’s also the option to enroll in a full-time virtual learning environment, called Robbinsdale Virtual Academy (RVA).
Robbinsdale Virtual Academy (RVA)
For those with concerns about resuming in-person learning, or for those families who discovered their students thrive in a distance learning environment, RVA has been approved for K-12 online education. Please know, RVA is not a substitute for distance learning, but a school unto itself, and once enrolled, transfers can only be done at the end of a semester. Learn more by visiting the RVA website.
Families can find information about how to access free vaccinations by visiting the state’s vaccine connector website. In addition, MDH is currently offering $100 to anyone who gets vaccinated.
We’re confident in our planning, and our sincere hope is to hold in-person classes for the entire year, and to set the masks aside -- forever -- as soon as we can. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and the data, and follow recommendations and guidance of our state and local experts. We will communicate regularly to share timely and important updates.
Because of the evolving nature of COVID-19 and the emerging delta variant of coronavirus, and the on-going efforts to create and maintain a safe learning environment for district students and staff, updates to this page will be made frequently.
It’s clear that the easiest and safest way to mitigate COVID-19 is for those who are eligible to get vaccinated.
Learn more about COVID vaccines, the reward the state is offering first-time vaccine recipients, or find a clinic to receive your vaccine today:
For those families who discovered their students thrive in a distance learning environment, or for those with concerns about resuming in-person learning, Robbinsdale Virtual Academy (RVA) could be right for your family. Please know, RVA is not a substitute for distance learning, but a unique school unto itself.
2021-22 School Year
Are you a staff member, or do you have a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms, or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive? Please fill out our COVID-19 reporting form so we can help keep students and staff safe.
The Robbinsdale Area Schools COVID-19 Dashboard, which tracks various data to help inform operation decisions, is also made available to the community on a weekly basis during the school year.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8, Robbinsdale Area Schools will provide Vault saliva test kits for both students and staff to be administered at home over Zoom.
Read more to learn about important COVID plans for the 2021-22 school year
With the first day of school rapidly approaching, we know many families have started making plans for their student’s return.
The district is making a number of updates to its Safe Learning Practices.
This communication regarding face coverings was shared wuith staff and families on May 14.