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District 196 COVID-19 Dashboard

The District 196 COVID-19 Dashboard provides families and staff with data to guide decisions about learning models in the 2021-22 school year. Below is data on case positivity and vaccination rates for Dakota County, and information about vaccinations and testing locations. The dashboard is updated every Thursday with important information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Operational Plan for District 196 School Year 2021-22

Practices and protocols to help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment, and help mitigate transmission of COVID-19 in our school communities. Review the updated operational plan on Google Docs or visit the operational plan page.

Updated January 12, 2022 *When changes are made to the COVID-19 Operational Plan for Students, Families & Visitors, school districts are required to allow for public comment. Click here to provide comments by January 21.

Order Free COVID-19 Tests

The federal government has launched a new initiative to provide COVID-19 tests to every household. Beginning today, you may order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests through www.covidtests.gov. The tests are completely free and orders will usually ship in one week to 12 days after submitting your order. Order your free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests >

The tests are shipped via USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
 

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January 
     

Free COVID-19 PCR tests are also available through VAULT. Order your free COVID-19 PCR test through VAULT >

Minimum Isolation Period Shortened from 10 Days to 5 Days

*Information shared January 12, 2022
Employees and students are eligible for the shortened isolation period of five days if asymptomatic. Isolation may end after five full days if employees are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. The five-day isolation period starts with day zero being the first day of symptoms OR the day the positive test was taken. If the above requirements are met, the employee can return on day six. (i.e. An employee testing positive on a Wednesday could return on a Tuesday.) Employees whose symptoms started or they tested positive if asymptomatic on Friday, January 7, may return to work as early as tomorrow, January 13, if they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved. These employees will be contacted by an administrator about the possibility of returning to work earlier.
 

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is recommended to test regularly. On-site testing is available for all symptomatic district students and employees at the District Service Center during the week. An appointment is required and can be made by contacting your school nurse, principal or administrator. 
 

*Students participating in Minnesota State High School League-sanctioned athletics and activities will continue to adhere to MSHSL COVID-19 protocols.

Recent Updates

Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Community Testing

All COVID-19 testing is no cost at Minnesota community testing sites. The state is working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested. Testing information has been consolidated onto the Getting Tested for COVID-19 webpage. This page provides links to information on who should get tested, COVID-19 testing locations, FAQs, and the Safe Learning Plan.

Where to get tested


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District 196 COVID-19 Facts & Figures
 

Data is updated weekly using information provided by all school buildings and Human Resources.
Student data includes grades pre-kindergarten through Transition Plus.
Data last updated January 13, 2021.

Positive cases students
Positive cases of employees

Current Number of Reported Positive Student Cases

Data last updated January 13, 2021.


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Dakota County COVID-19 Facts & Figures
 

Data is updated weekly using information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 Data Tracker and the Minnesota Department of Health's Vaccine Summary. 
Data last updated January 13, 2021.

Vaccination Rate Tile
Date Reported* Completed Vaccinations for All Eligible Residents 12+**
Jan. 13 272,077
Jan. 7, 2022 271,835

*Updated COVID-19 data is reported by CDC

**Completed means number of people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. For the Pfizer and Moderna products, a complete series is two doses. The Johnson & Johnson product is a single-dose vaccine.

Vaccination data for ages 5-11
Date Reported* Completed Vaccinations for All Eligible Residents 5-11**
Jan. 13 13,253
Jan. 7, 2022 12,383

*Updated COVID-19 data is reported by MDH

**Completed means number of people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. Currently Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for children under 11 years old.

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Date Reported* New Cases Per 100,000 Residents
Over 7-Day Period
Transmission Level
Jan. 13 1,175.93 HIGH
Jan. 7, 2022 880.84 HIGH

*Updated COVID-19 data is reported by CDC

CDC Transmission Level Matrix

Based on total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days.
 

  • Low Transmission: 0-9.99
  • Moderate Transmission: 10-49.99
  • Substantial Transmission: 50-99.99
  • High Transmission: 100+

Mask Protocols 

  • REQUIRE use of masks indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older), regardless of vaccination status, while local COVID-19 transmission level is "Substantial" or "High."
  • RECOMMEND face coverings indoors by all individuals (age 2 an older), regardless of vaccination status, while local COVID-19 transmission level is "Low" or "Moderate." 

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Key Determining Factors
 

Three critical factors guide our decision-making process when determining which learning model is best for District 196: guidance from our state and local officials; the health and safety of our community; and our staff rates.

state and local guidance

As a district, we rely on guidance provided in by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dakota County Public Health Department and state departments of education and health. 

Health and safety

The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority. We have implemented a number of safety measures and regularly monitor county and district case rates. 

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Our goal is to provide as much in-person learning as possible based on COVID-19 case rates, state guidance and the ability to adequately staff our schools and fill absences.