Eden Prairie Schools (EPS) students, teachers, and staff are returning to school this week.
K-9 students had their first day on Tuesday, Sep.6. Due to Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) hosting ninth grade orientation that day, students in grades 10-12 began a day later on Wednesday, Sep. 7.
Last year saw major changes including new school start times, sixth graders moving to CMS, and Pre-K moving to the elementary schools. The school community also dealt with many challenges and unknowns over the past two years as it navigated the pandemic.
After these changes and challenges, there are high hopes that this year will feel more “normal.” Judging by the smiling faces of these EPS students and staff, it seems like things are off to a great start.
Latest EPS Safe Learning Plan
Over the past two years, EPS’ Safe Learning Plan has been regularly updated to reflect changes in COVID-19 protocols. Here is the newest guidance for EPS staff and students, which will soon be available on the district’s website.
When staff members and students test positive for COVID-19, the guidance is to:
- Stay home for five days (Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the day of a positive COVID-19 test, whichever comes first).
- If you have no fever without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours and your symptoms improve after five days, you can return to school.
- Upon returning to school, you must wear a well-fitted face covering for five additional days with the option to reduce the length of face covering use per the CDC guidelines.
- If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
Students or staff may choose to wear face coverings at Eden Prairie Schools. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should follow the masking guidance outlined in isolation procedures.
If students or staff are interested in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations, information can be found on the Minnesota COVID-19 Response Webpage.
Keep your students home if they have symptoms of illness.
If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are well. For information on COVID-19 symptoms, see CDC COVID-19 Symptoms.
The district is not contract tracing or recommending quarantine for COVID-19 exposures at this time. This decision is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The district will continue to review and adjust as needed.
Editor’s Note: All photos are courtesy of Eden Prairie Schools unless otherwise noted.
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