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Safe Learning Plan

Throughout the school year, Owatonna Public Schools’ Safe Learning Plan will use guidance from state and local health department officials, local medical experts, and Minnesota Department of Education to advise our practices. Owatonna Public Schools prioritizes student/staff safety and health, data-driven decision-making, and the importance of local school districts to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of their students, families, and communities. We work closely with local, county and state partners to educate, promote and encourage the community of Owatonna to help us provide a safe and healthy learning environment. 

Commitment to Health and Safety
The safety of our students and staff is a priority.

  • Cleaning and sanitation protocols in place
  • Soap and water or hand sanitizer available and used throughout the school day
  • Face coverings optional

Mitigation Protocol
In the event multiple cases of illness are reported in a building, we use the recommended 5% threshold to put additional mitigation measures in place. This means that 5% of our students/staff have reported illness symptoms. In this case, the district may close the building for a minimum of one day to fully disinfect the building. 

Health and Wellness Procedures
All families are asked to perform health checks on students before coming to school each day. If a student has an elevated temperature or any other sign of potential illness, they should stay home. Parents and guardians need to pick up from school any students found to have a fever or to be exhibiting signs of illness during the school day in a timely manner.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines
Regular housekeeping practices are in place, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of general areas of the school environment, classrooms, restrooms, meeting rooms, etc. School district custodial staff frequently clean and disinfect high-touch areas such as door handles, elevator panels, railings, phones, keyboards, touch screens, etc.