Supporting student achievement, health and well-being.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Health Services aims to create and sustain a school health system that promotes and supports student achievement, health and well-being. We have a licensed school nurse provide an array of services to students, including:
• Vision screening: grades 1, 3, 5 & 7
• Hearing screening: grades K, 2, 4 & 6
• Screenings available on request
• Medication management
• Health care plans
• First-aid and illness management
Health secretaries support the nurses in the health office of each building. The school health team works with families, students and staff to promote a healthy and safe environment for all students.
The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District believes that in-person learning is best for students' learning and overall student well-being while acknowledging that the threat of the Coronavirus has placed difficulties and uncertainty on our ability to provide face-to-face instruction as our sole method for teaching. This plan is designed to be flexible and responsive as new information becomes available. Strategies were developed based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District is committed to providing a safe and healthy place for all students to learn and grow. To ensure the spaces in Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools remain safe and healthy, the district has developed this Safe Return to In-person Learning Plan. Administrators, educators, staff, and students are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 which requires the cooperation of all employees, students, and the community. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons across the school district.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Guiding Principles and Core Values
As part of the planning process, the district leadership team established guiding principles and core values to shape the Safe Learning Plan.
- Ensure the health and safety of our students, families and staff by adhering to requirements provided by the Center for Disease Control, Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education
- Remain focused on student learning by developing student-centered instruction that meets the individual needs of students and families in an environment that has finite resources while still addressing the whole child
- Comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations, and collective bargaining agreements
- Maintain fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget
- Collect, review, and respond to up-to-date data and information from stakeholders
- Follow MDE Guiding Principles
- Care and well-being of staff, students, and families
- An inclusive, safe, caring and engaging learning environment that builds relationships and promotes shared responsibility for performance and innovation
- Equity and inclusion for students
- Quality instruction that includes
- Authentic and Timely Feedback
- Assessing students early on and routinely, to learn more about where they are in their learning and what data-driven decisions need to be made to support learners
- As a Professional Learning Community, teachers are engaged in collaborative teaming and self-directed professional development (personalized learning--teachers own their learning)
- A culture of continuous learning and growth in a caring, collaborative, and supportive environment
- Communicate accurate information in a timely manner
- Follow the requirements of the CDC, MDH, and MDE
- Transparent and good stewardship of resources
- Effective ongoing communication and outreach to students, staff, families and community members
- Effective partnerships between students, staff, families and community members
- Commitment to revisit this plan at minimum every six months and more frequently as needed.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Planning and Preparations
The Sauk Rapids-Rice District leadership team has revised the previous Safe Learning Plan to reflect a Safe Return to In-Person learning plan for the 2023-2024 school year.
If any individual is in need of an alternative format of the plan, please contact Dr. Holly Schoenherr, Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services at (320) 258-4703 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The district will utilize the 2023-2024 Return to In-Person Learning Webpage https://www.isd47.org/services/health-services for updating families, students, staff, and the community and to post the SRR Return to In-Person Learning Plan. In addition, the District and Building Notification Systems will be used for regular communication updates.
The COVID-19 program coordinator, district nurses, and building contacts are identified below. These individuals will be involved in identifying lessons learned, challenges, and further preventive activities to be shared with stakeholders.
District COVID-19 Coordinator:
Dr. Holly Schoenherr email@example.com 320-258-4703
Building COVID-19 Contacts:
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School - RuthAnn Alvord firstname.lastname@example.org
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School - Andrea Schuster email@example.com
Mississippi Heights Elementary School - Deb Tischmak firstname.lastname@example.org
Pleasantview Elementary School - Shannon Lauderbaugh email@example.com
Rice Elementary School - Jody Silbernick firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillside/ECFE - Alison Ward email@example.com
Positive COVID-19 Test Result, Health Screening, and Hygiene Practices
Positive COVID-19 Test Result
Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools is required to report positive cases of staff and students to the Minnesota Department of Education. Families need to report positive COVID-19 cases by calling the school or completing the online form.
Students may return to school after completing at least five (5) days of isolation* if they are symptom-free AND can ensure the following through day 10:
Wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth at all times, except when eating or drinking; and
When eating or drinking, maintain at least six feet of social distance from other individuals.
Avoid close contact with immunocompromised individuals or those who are at high risk of severe disease.
If you have symptoms, stay home and away from others until all of the following are true:
It has been at least five full days since you first felt sick (day zero is the day your symptoms started).
You have had no fever (100.4 degrees or lower) for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers; and your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms have improved. Return to school following the requirements below through day 10.
If you do not have symptoms, stay home and away from others until all of the following are true:
It has been at least five full days since you tested positive (day zero is the day you got tested).
If you develop symptoms during this time, refer to the guidance above for “If you have symptoms.” If you remain symptom-free, you can resume most activities on day six, following the requirements below through day 10:
To be at school days 6-10, all of the following are required:
No fever, and symptoms have improved
Wear a well-fitting mask when around others. Masks may be removed before day 11 if you have two negative (PCR or antigen) tests 48 hours apart. This means that the earliest you may stop wearing a mask is day 8. Take the first test on day 6, and the second on day 8. If either test is positive, you should continue taking tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two negative results in a row. For more information on antigen tests, you can do at home, including resources for getting free tests, visit COVID-19 Self-testing.
*For purposes of determining an isolation period, the date of symptom onset (or date of the test if asymptomatic) is considered Day 0 of isolation.
Students who are sick should stay home from school. Students and families will be informed of the importance of self-monitoring symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, and loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Students displaying any of the symptoms listed above will be sent to the nurse or designated school personnel. The health office will notify families if a student registers a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more, is vomiting, has diarrhea, or has a persistent cough, they will be provided a mask, separated from others to the best of the school's ability, and sent home. If a student is displaying symptoms while at school, families will be offered an individual COVID-19 test (while supplies last) that can be done at school or home.
- Students should not attend school if they are not feeling well.
- Families are to call or email their student’s school to report symptoms if a student is ill.
- Sauk Rapids-Rice High School: 320-253-4700
- Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School: 320-654-9073
- Mississippi Heights Elementary School: 320-252-0122
- Pleasantview Elementary School: 320-253-0506
- Rice Elementary School: 320-393-2177
- Hillside: 320-255-8910
Student absences due to quarantine are considered excused. Your student’s teacher(s) will determine and communicate how school work will be assigned for days missed and may range from picking up materials at the school to the delivery of materials electronically.
If your student does not quarantine and returns to school following exposure, MDH recommends that they wear a face covering indoors for 10 days following exposure and gets tested five days after exposure.
Hand Hygiene Practices and Basic Prevention Measures
Infection and prevention measures will be implemented in all Sauk Rapids-Rice Public School buildings. Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools will provide instruction, signage, facilities, and supplies to encourage regular hand washing and sanitizing. This practice is consistent with MDH: Hand Hygiene
- Teachers will work with students to teach and model proper hand hygiene practices. In addition, there will be signs in all handwashing locations that provide clear guidance on how to properly wash hands. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to wash their hands; in the absence of a handwashing station, students will have access to hand sanitizer.
- Hand washing/hand sanitizing guidelines and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff will be reinforced.
- If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer will be available.
- Provide sanitizing stations throughout each of the buildings.
- To the extent, possible students will be supervised while using hand sanitizer
- In key areas throughout the school signs will be posted on how to slow the spread of COVID-19 and teach students how to stop the spread of germs.
- Students will be instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, particularly their mouth, nose, and eyes with their hands.
Students and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should get tested. Testing leads to quick identification of cases, quick treatment, and isolation for those people infected as well as for those who were in close contact with the infected person.
Each building health office will maintain a supply of BinaxNow OTC At-Home rapid COVID-19 tests that may either be sent home with sick students or administered by district staff, with parent/guardian consent. BinaxNOW OTC tests are individual rapid antigen tests that use a nasal swab. It is a self-test recommended for children as young as two (2) years old when samples are collected by an adult, and for all people 15 and older if they are collecting the sample by themselves. Results are visually displayed on the test 15 minutes after the test is performed. Even with a negative test result, a student who is experiencing symptoms should retest and should not return to school until symptoms have improved and the student has been fever free for 24 hours.
Drop-off, Pick-up, and Delivery Practices, and Protocol
The district has implemented procedures related to the drop-off and pick-up of students before, during, and after the school day. Parent drop-off and pick-up will be at the school entrances/office. The district is asking that parents not bring their child(ren) to the classroom.
Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies have been provided. To learn more, parents/guardians should contact his/her child’s case manager.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Desks and other spaces will be disinfected following the report of a positive case of COVID-19. Training regarding the cleaning and disinfecting of all buildings will occur throughout the year and as new employees are hired.
Indoor Facilities, Utilities, and Ventilation
Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools has evaluated the operational capacity of indoor ventilation systems and developed a plan to increase and maintain ventilation provided throughout indoor spaces. Steps continue to be taken to increase the intake percentage of outside air to increase dilution of contaminants and maximize recirculation, whenever possible while maintaining indoor air conditions. In the absence of effective mechanical ventilation, steps will be taken to increase natural ventilation as much as possible, including opening windows when possible and safe. This plan is consistent with applicable Stay Safe Industry guidance, and Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools has consulted the resources in applicable industry guidance and others, as necessary, in developing this plan.
- The ventilation plan includes continuous monitoring of the HVAC systems and responding to any malfunctions. These systems will be operational when spaces in buildings are occupied.
- Training around operating and troubleshooting the HVAC system will be provided to all appropriate employees. This ongoing training will include intermittent and responsive professional development of the building automation system.
- Protocols for visitors in buildings during the school day
- Visitors/Volunteers will be permitted if there is an academic purpose.
- The number of visitors/volunteers will be limited in lunchrooms.
- Parents will not be walking kids into school, except for before/after school programs.
- Parents are encouraged to call/email in advance when feasible.
- Visitors/Volunteers should stay home if they are not feeling well
Administrators, managers, and supervisors are expected to monitor the implementation of the plan and report discrepancies to the Human Resources and Administrative Services Department. All administrators, managers, supervisors, and staff are to take an active role and collaborate in carrying out the various aspects of this plan and update the protections, protocols, work practices, and training as necessary. This plan has been reviewed by the Superintendent of Schools.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools provided this updated plan for public input on August 16, 2023. Feedback was considered in the revisions of the plan presented to the Sauk Rapids-Rice Board of Education on September 11, 2023.
*The information is true and accurate at this time. The district will follow requirements from the state and state health department with regards to COVID-19.
- Attending School When Sick
- Individual Health Action Plans
- Medication at School
- Student Accident Insurance/Other Insurance Information
- Visitor Injury Report
Should Your Child Go to School?
We care about the health and wellbeing of all of our students. If your child is not feeling well, evaluate their symptoms and use the following guidelines developed by the Minnesota Department of Health to decide if they should be sent/kept home from school.
- Children with a fever of 100 degrees or higher should stay home for 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
- Your child should remain at home until 24 hours after the last episode
- Children may return to school 12–24 hours on antibiotics along with begin fever-free for 24 hours.
- Check with your family physician before sending your child to school with a rash in which you do not know the cause. Children may return to school if the rash has been diagnosed as non-contagious or once the recommended treatment for the rash has been received. The diagnosis of a rash cannot be made at school.
- It is recommended that your child receive treatment with a medicated shampoo following the discovery of live lice and/or nits.
- Symptoms of pink eye will often include sticky discharge from the eye and a pink tint to the sclera (white portion of the eye). Contact your child’s physician for advice/treatment for these symptoms as prescription eye drops may be necessary.
- Coughing that interferes with or limits your child's activity or play may need to be evaluated by his/her health care provider
- Thick, colored drainage from the nose may need to be evaluated by your child's health care provider
For additional Health Screening related to COVID-19 see our Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan here
How can parents provide necessary information to the school regarding close contact or positive cases in their family?
- Parents can report in several ways:
- Fill out the COVID-19 Cases/Symptoms Form online
- This form aids the district in understanding localized building/district COVID-19 case rates and COVID-19 related absences
- Click Here to fill out the COVID-19 Form (Confirmed Positive Tests Only)
- Call your child’s school during the school day and talk with the health assistant
- Call your child’s school and leave a message after hours or on weekends
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School
Mississippi Heights Elementary
Hillside Early Childhood
Minnesotan students must prove that they are up-to-date with their immunizations or that they are exempt from the requirements for medical reasons or the beliefs of the parent/guardian.
If you have questions, don’t know where to go for shots or do not have health insurance, call the District 47 licensed school nurses. Forms and information are available on the Minnesota Department of Health website or below:
- About Immunizations
- Student Immunizations Form (updated September 2020)
- Immunization Records Request from SRR Schools
For years, schools freely shared immunization data with clinics and public health agencies in order to ensure children were up-to-date with their shots. Recent increased attention on the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has highlighted how this long-standing practice is not allowable.
FERPA does not allow schools to share immunization or other health data with anyone outside the school without patient or parent/guardian consent. If a health care provider is seeking immunization data on a patient from the school, they must get consent from the patient or their parent/guardian. This federal law overrides the Minnesota law that allows schools, health care providers, and selected others to share immunization data.
Immunization records on file for current and former students (graduated within the past 6 years) can be requested by using the Immunization Record Request Form below. Please note that requests sent during the summer months may take up to 2 weeks to receive.
Parents may also access their child’s immunization record, via Skyward Parent Access
An individualized plan allows for your student’s health issue (examples: asthma, allergies, seizures and other chronic health issues) to be acknowledged and planned for accordingly. The action plans assist the health care staff in providing safe, individualized care to your student during the school day should the need arise.
Please bring the completed action plan(s) to the health office in the building your student will be attending on the the first day of school. Your own clinic may have forms they prefer to use and that is acceptable for school use.
For the safety of students, it is recommended that medication be given at home whenever possible. If medication must be given during school hours, we want you to be informed of the following school medication policies.
All medications, prescription and over-the-counter require a provider order and pharmacy labeled container.
Physical examinations are highly recommended before your child enters kindergarten and 7th grade.
If your child plans to be involved in a school sport, physical examinations are required and must be on filed in the school health office AFTER they have been received by the Activities Office. For more information please see the Activities and Athletic page.
High School Activities Office
Phone Number: 320-258-1779
Middle School Activities Office
Phone Number: 320-258-1569
As a service to the community, Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools has contracted with Student Assurance Services Incorporated to provide information regarding student accident insurance for your child. This is a valuable option to parents/guardians who, because of various reasons, do not have health insurance. It is also an excellent way to supplement your health insurance if you have a large deductible or co-insurance, including HSA plans.
If you have any other questions or need additional information, please contact Student Assurance Services Inc., toll free at:
1-800-328-2739, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.
UPDATED 3/1/23 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services
Have you moved in the past three years or will you be moving soon? If you have Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, please update your contact information with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It’s important so they can reach you when it’s time to renew your health insurance.
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
Ruth Ann Alvord
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Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School
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Mississippi Heights Elementary
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