For the 2021-2022 School Year, districts will be given more local control and COVID-19 responses will be based on community and school-level data. The Minnesota Departments of Health and Education, following CDC guidance, have created best practice recommendations for COVID-19 prevention in schools and after school hours. These recommendations will be implemented as follows:

  • Community Education programs will be open for in-person and virtual offerings.  
  • Masking: 
    • The CDC, MDE, and MDH have recommended the use of masks for all people in school settings. While we also recommend that participants and instructors wear masks even if vaccinated, we will not require them. Those who are concerned about COVID transmission will be supported if they choose to wear a mask. 
    • The Center for Disease Control has determined that masks are a requirement on mass transit and, as a result, masks will be required on school buses.
  • Mitigation Measures:
    • Practice frequent handwashing before, during, and after classes.  
    • Physical distancing during class as much as possible.  
  • Monitor your Health and Exposure:
    • Stay home if you are sick.  Do not attend class if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, body aches, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • Stay home if you, your child, or a family member has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.


We ask that all participants follow our program's expectations for hygiene, health and safety.  Community Education programs will take an abundance of care for all participants but acknowledge a potential risk for health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Let’s all do our part!  You can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.