2021-22 MPA COVID-19 Plan

The Latest COVID-19 News
updated November 11, 2021

Vaccination Clinic
MPA will be hosting a follow-up on-campus vaccination clinic on Monday, November 29 from 4-8 PM. We will be offering first or second Pfizer vaccinations for anyone age five or older (including adults), first or second Moderna vaccinations, as well as Pfizer or Moderna booster shots for those who are eligible. In addition to welcoming MPA community members, this clinic will be open to anyone and is being offered in partnership with Health Care Strong. Please help us spread the word. You do not have to have attended the first clinic to attend this clinic. For all of the details and to register, click here.

Travel Protocol Change
Given the high turnout for MPA’s Vaccination Clinic and that our community is well on its way to having robust vaccination numbers, we want to give families the flexibility to make the decision that is right for them about steps they take to stay safe during travel and their choices after returning. MPA strongly recommends, but will not require, that families follow the CDC guidelines outlined here for both domestic and international travel. We will continue providing resources and the recommended guidance, but no travel reporting, quarantine, or testing will be required by MPA. As always, diligent symptom monitoring is vital as we continue to move into the next phases of the pandemic. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to covid@moundsparkacademy.org.

If you have any questions or have any symptoms, test positive, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please email covid@moundsparkacademy.org immediately.

Learning
Living
Thriving
Planning
FAQs
OVERVIEW

MPA has all students on campus at the start of the 2021-22 school year, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. This decision was based on a number of criteria, including multiple data-driven metrics and has been made in consultation with our medical advisors, Community Advisory Group, and Board of Trustees. This will create the optimal in-person learning environment.


Moving the dial

Dial
The image above is MPA's dial, designed to reflect the learning environment the school is currently in, or will be in, when in session next. It contains four main scenarios and illustrates there are options between the main scenarios. As a private, independent school, we have more flexibility than public school systems, thus we have more possible scenarios. This is a revised dial for the 2021-22 school year.

Adjusted Learning Environments

  • Cohort: A cohort model at MPA is one that keeps groups of young students together and limits their movement on campus. For example, during a cohort model at MPA, teachers would rotate rather than students. This would be used as a protective safety measure at Dial Stop 4, if necessary.
  • Hybrid Learning: This is used to describe learning in which some, but not all, traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by virtual learning activities. For example, during hybrid learning at MPA, Middle and Upper School students would be on campus for the learning activities that are most successfully done in person. This would be used as a protective safety measure at Dial Stop 4, if necessary.
  • Density: Hybrid learning option at MPA would reduce the number of students or density on campus. This allows for greater physical distancing, a key protective safety protocol. The small class sizes that we enjoy allow us to start from a lower density position. This would be used as a protective safety measure at Dial Stop 4, if necessary.
  • Virtual School: If needed, virtual school will vary by division. With a focus on maintaining routines and meeting families where they are, learning under this model would continue to be rigorous, reliable, and joyful. This would be used as a protective safety measure at Dial Stop 4, if necessary.

Dial Stop 1:
This will be possible when COVID-19 metrics improve, vaccinations become more widely available for most or all ages, and community spread is extremely low or non-existent.

Dial Stop 2:
Here will be layered safety precautions in place that have a minimal impact on the student experience.

Dial Stop 3:
The MPA dial will move to this scenario if COVID-19 metrics worsen further and/or MPA community spread occurs. Additional layers of health and safety precautions will be layered in while maintaining the on-campus, in-person learning environment.

Dial Stop 4:
The MPA dial will move to this scenario if COVID-19 metrics worsen significantly at the state and/or local level and/or MPA community spread occurs. The adjusted learning environment will be defined at the time based on conditions. MPA has the flexibility due to campus and class size to keep PreK-4 on campus in cohorts due to the unique learning and childcare needs of Lower School families and welcome students in grades 5-12 on campus on a rotating basis. This is a hybrid scenario designed to further reduce the density on campus and prioritize the unique learning and developmental needs of our Lower School families. It may be possible for MPA to use this scenario while public schools are only able to be virtual.

Metrics That Inform MPA's Dial Stop:

  • Daily Infection Rate
  • Testing Positivity Rate
  • Hotspot Designation
  • Vaccination Rates
  • Community Transmission at MPA


SAFETY MEASURES

MPA will continue to implement management and control measures in accordance with relevant regulations to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 given the availability of vaccines for older students and adults. Managing risks doesn’t mean there will be no transmission. There’s no such thing as zero risk, but we can take layered measures that will mitigate the chances of the spread on our school grounds. However, parents are also responsible for taking measures to mitigate the risk that their child(ren) may present a risk to their own health or the health of others when on school grounds. We seek your pledge and partnership in keeping your students and our entire community healthy and safe until vaccines are available at all ages and as public health experts continue to monitor the role of COVID-19 variants and break-through infections for those who are fully vaccinated.

If you have any symptoms, test positive, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please email covid@moundsparkacademy.org immediately.

Making Our Way Back

FAMILIES' ROLE

Families Role

MPA'S ROLE: GENERAL SAFETY MEASURES & SYMPTOM RESPONSE

Commons

MPA'S ROLE: OPTIMIZE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Commons

 

Test Regularly:

Unvaccinated students are strongly recommended to test weekly at MPA or elsewhere.

  • On Campus: Families of unvaccinated students are strongly encouraged to test at MPA through MPA's COVID-19 Testing Program. Find detailed information via email or above and opt-in here.
  • Off Campus: For families with unvaccinated students who choose not to opt-in, weekly PCR testing will be strongly recommended with all test results—both positive and negative—sent to covidtesting@moundsparkacademy.org.

Vaccinated students, particularly those involved in high-risk activities, are strongly encouraged to PCR test weekly outside of MPA using the Vault at-home and/or community-based testing locations. More information can be found here. Report positive test results to covid@moundsparkacademy.org immediately. Negative test results for vaccinated students do not need to be reported. For more information about testing, including locations, click here. For a full chart of testing recommendations, click here.

Strongly Consider Vaccination: MPA’s goal is to continue its journey toward normal, pre-pandemic operations in the upcoming school year. To accomplish this goal, we need as many community members as possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Given these goals, MPA:

  • Strongly encourages all community members who are medically able to get vaccinated.
  • Will provide increased access and information about COVID-19 vaccines as it becomes available.
  • Will offer a confidential way to report vaccination status for students and employees in order to implement the appropriate contact tracing procedures.

Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 immunization and how to get vaccinated.

MPA is extremely proud to share that 98% of its faculty and staff are vaccinated against COVID-19. And, 97% of eligible students are vaccinated. These facts demonstrate MPA’s shared commitment to the health and safety of all community members.

Complete Daily Home Health Screening: Complete the Safety App by AUXS every morning before arriving at school to screen for a temperature greater than 100 or any COVID-19 symptoms and be prepared to show the green badge provided by the app. Begin your screening routine at least 14 days prior to August 25 and continue screening during breaks and weekends.

Support Regular In-Person Attendance: MPA holds that in-person and on-campus teaching and learning is in the best interests of students academically, socially, and emotionally and encourages students to be physically present and ready to learn each day. In the coming school year, we will return to our previously outlined student attendance policy which can be found in the MPA Handbook. Parents are required to notify the division office, via phone or email, if a student will be absent as attendance will be taken in all classes.

We are aware that there may be students in our community who are in a high-risk group for COVID-19, who live with someone in a high-risk group, or who are otherwise unable to come to campus due to a prolonged illness or quarantine. An individualized, developmentally-appropriate learning plan will be created to meet the individual needs of these students and their families in consultation with Division Director and approved by the Head of School. It is important to note that it may not be possible to fully replicate the on-campus MPA student experience. Documentation from an attending physician that outlines the student’s (and/or family’s) vulnerabilities will be required. Virtual school for short-term illness, COVID testing, appointments, vacations, or other absences will not be provided.

Follow Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:

  • Arrival at MPA will return to normal times with students arriving as needed for morning classes, Panther Club, and the start of the school day.
  • Lower School students who need assistance from their parents to exit their vehicle should use the South Parking Lot. Parents should park and walk their children across the designated crosswalk area to Door 1.
  • All movement around and within the building must include masking for all community members and should maintain as much physical distance as possible.
  • Students must sanitize hands and be wearing their masks when entering the building.
  • Symptom screening will commence at assigned entrance. If a student’s temperature is greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the student will be taken to isolation area while parents are contacted for pick-up.
  • Students will not be allowed on campus unless daily home screening through the screening app has been provided.
  • Students should maintain as much physical distance when entering and exiting the building.

Use Arrival and Dismissal Doors:

  • Door 1: Lower School and multi-division families
  • Door 4: Middle School
  • Door 7: Upper School

Teach Healthy Hygiene:

  • Hand wash frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose while you cough or sneeze.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

Access The Building: Building access will be by appointment only, on an as-needed basis. New Lower School families will be welcome to walk their children to their classroom the first week of school, if needed. It is expected that visitors who are eligible be fully vaccinated, maintain the above health and safety protocols, and mask continuously. No shadow visits will be provided for prospective students until October 1, 2021 at the earliest, and only if conditions warrant. Prospective families will be touring on campus, with minimal time in classrooms, and all prospective families who visit are expected to be fully vaccinated.

Carefully Consider Travel: Given the high turnout for MPA’s Vaccination Clinic and that our community is well on its way to having robust vaccination numbers, we want to give families the flexibility to make the decision that is right for them about steps they take to stay safe during travel and their choices after returning. MPA strongly recommends, but will not require, that families follow the CDC guidelines outlined here for both domestic and international travel. We will continue providing resources and the recommended guidance, but no travel reporting, quarantine, or testing will be required by MPA. As always, diligent symptom monitoring is vital as we continue to move into the next phases of the pandemic. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to covid@moundsparkacademy.org.

Shop For Masks:

  • Every student will need a mask at MPA this fall. They will be worn at all times, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Community members may remove their masks during controlled mask breaks, when eating, and when competing in athletics.
  • Please ensure your child's mask fits properly. The mask should fit snugly to cover the nose bridge, mouth, and chin and should not gap. Ensure the mask fits around the ears, but isn’t too tight.
  • Neither buffs nor vented masks are acceptable.
  • Consider double masking.
  • Masks should be made of tightly-woven cloth such as higher thread count cotton and 2-3 layers thick.
  • Masks should be washed daily, so multiple masks are recommended to have on hand at home, and your student should arrive to school with two masks each day: wearing one, and an extra on hand.
  • How To Safely Wear Your Mask
  • Guidance For Buying A Mask For Children
  • MPA Alumnus-Owned Love Your Melon Face Masks

 

Ensure Physical Distancing When Possible: All students and employees will maintain three-foot physical distancing in common spaces and in the classroom whenever and wherever possible. In accordance with recommendations from the CDC, when three-foot physical distancing is not possible, additional layers of prevention will be in place.

Require Masking: Masks will be required indoors and outdoors for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Community members may remove their masks during controlled mask breaks, when eating, and when competing in athletics.

Strongly Recommend Regular Testing:

Unvaccinated students are strongly recommended to test weekly at MPA or elsewhere.

  • On Campus: Families of unvaccinated students are strongly encouraged to test at MPA through MPA's COVID-19 Testing Program. Find detailed information via email or above and opt-in here.
  • Off Campus: For families with unvaccinated students who choose not to opt-in, weekly PCR testing will be strongly recommended with all test results—both positive and negative—sent to covidtesting@moundsparkacademy.org.

Vaccinated students, particularly those involved in high-risk activities, are strongly encouraged to PCR test weekly outside of MPA using the Vault at-home and/or community-based testing locations. More information can be found here. Report positive test results to covid@moundsparkacademy.org immediately. Negative test results for vaccinated students do not need to be reported. For more information about testing, including locations, click here. For a full chart of testing recommendations, click here.

Strongly Recommend Vaccinations: MPA’s goal is to continue its journey toward normal, pre-pandemic operations in the upcoming school year. To accomplish this goal, we need as many community members as possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Given these goals, MPA:

  • Strongly encourages all community members who are medically able to get vaccinated.
  • Will provide increased access and information about COVID-19 vaccines as it becomes available.
  • Will offer a confidential way to report vaccination status for students in order to implement the appropriate contact tracing procedures.

Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 immunization and how to get vaccinated.

MPA is extremely proud to share that 98% of its faculty and staff are vaccinated against COVID-19. And, 97% of eligible students are vaccinated. These facts demonstrate MPA’s shared commitment to the health and safety of all community members.

Conduct Student, Employee and Visitor Health Screenings: These will be done upon arrival at school, including taking temperatures and asking screening questions.

Encourage Hand Washing and Sanitizing: There will be scheduled and structured opportunities for students and staff.

  • Students and employees will wash hands immediately before: leaving home, leaving the classroom, eating, touching shared objects, touching one’s face, and leaving school.
  • Students and employees will wash hands immediately after: arriving at school, entering classroom, finishing lunch, touching shared objects, using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing, and blowing one’s nose, and arriving at home.
  • Use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged when washing hands is not possible.

Ensure Facility Cleaning and Sanitizing: Enhanced facility cleaning and sanitizing in common spaces and classrooms at the end of every school day will take place.

Provide Proper Ventilation: MPA has the recommended negative return room ventilation model and will be utilizing outdoor classroom spaces, open doors and windows as often as possible and weather permitting. The air in each space of the building is completely circulated two to three times per hour, which is far beyond the recommended frequency.

One of the challenging aspects of the presenting symptoms of COVID-19 is that they often present with other types of illness, allergies, or other health problems as well. After consultation with the MPA Community Advisory Group, and other medical and epidemiology experts, MPA will continue its symptom response, reporting, and testing strategy for the upcoming school year.

We recognize every community member at the school has a dual wish of continuing the high-quality educational opportunities families have come to know and expect, while also maintaining health, safety, and wellness for themselves and others. MPA seeks to implement screening and physical distancing expectations with a focus on health, safety, and compassion for all. Even for fully vaccinated community members, if symptoms develop, the following response protocols remain in place. Vaccinated individuals may still develop COVID-19 as a breakthrough infection and be contagious for other unvaccinated individuals.

Key Definitions and Details

Screening: Questions asked of students or visitors related to the known symptoms and potential exposure to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Screening also often includes temperature checks. MPA will be conducting temperature check screening onsite for all students, employees, and campus visitors and asks families to complete daily screening and temperature monitoring at home as well.

Symptoms: Individuals with COVID-19 have a wide-range of symptoms from mild to severe. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, which has driven the testing and quarantine protocol MPA has developed. The current symptoms list includes:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Stay up-to-date on symptoms from the Minnesota Department of Health here.

If a student or staff member exhibits any of the symptoms listed in the screening protocol regardless of vaccination protocol, they must not return to campus until they have been symptom-free or improving for 48 hours and have received a negative COVID-19 test. MPA has a robust plan in place to respond and isolate anyone who begins experiencing symptoms while on campus, with a focus on preventing additional spread, and an empathetic and caring response for the individual who is impacted.

MPA offers on-site testing for students who have symptoms of COVID-19, even if vaccinated, or who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Testing: Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. 

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, we do not know how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.

Antibody testing is more uncertain at this time, and in consultation with our planning team and medical professionals, MPA will not be requiring or asking families to undergo antibody testing. An MPA student or staff member is required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or doctor’s release to return to school if symptoms occur or if they have been exposed to a confirmed case.

Quarantine: An unvaccinated individual is asked to quarantine when they have been identified as a “close contact” of a confirmed case of COVID-19. A close contact is defined as any person who was within six feet for longer than 15 minutes (regardless of whether masks were worn) of someone with a positive or presumptive positive COVID-19 test or had direct contact with infectious secretions of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, shared utensils, kissed, etc.). Based upon the public health guidance at the time, any unvaccinated close contacts of a positive test may be required to quarantine for 7-14 days and/or document a series of negative COVID-19 tests.

Isolation: If a community member has a positive COVID-19 test, documentation of the minimum of 10 days of home isolation is required prior to returning to campus. The revised COVID-19 Student Absenteeism Policy will be considered based upon a student’s unique learning needs, level of symptoms and sickness, and if they are able to complete schoolwork during the isolation period. All MPA families and staff must report a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in their immediate family within 24 hours and as quickly as possible.

Community Spread: According to the Minnesota Department of Health, community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Each health department determines community spread differently based on local conditions. Learn more about community spread in Minnesota here.

Community Mitigation: The Minnesota Department of Health defines Community Mitigation activities as actions that people and communities can take to slow the spread of infectious diseases, and prepare for it if it occurs, including COVID-19. Community mitigation is especially important before a vaccine or drug becomes widely available. MPA is committed to its robust health and safety protocols to keep our own community safe, and to promote community mitigation strategies.

Response to Confirmed Cases: If a case has been confirmed of an MPA community member who has been on campus, MPA will coordinate the appropriate response and contact tracing with state and local health officials from the Minnesota Department of Health.

  • Notification to unvaccinated community members who had close contact with the confirmed positive individual. This person’s name and identifying information will not be provided to those close contacts. All unvaccinated close contacts of a confirmed case will be required to quarantine.
  • Additional notices may be required to the community for campus cleaning or changes in dial status. The positive case individual’s information will be kept confidential in any of these additional notices.

Privacy and Confidentiality: All personal or identifying information related to MPA’s response to COVID-19, including screening, protocol, contact tracing, and community notifications will be kept confidential. MPA community members have a right to privacy, and certain data points outlined above must be collected for the health and safety of the entire community. Screening data will not be shared with outside third parties. Contact tracing procedures will take into consideration the necessary information to be shared with public health officials support MPA should an outbreak occur. MPA has identified specific steps during the screening, symptom identification, and contact tracing process to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of community members during this pandemic.

If you have any questions about the above, test positive, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please email covid@moundsparkacademy.org immediately.

Support Regular In-Person Attendance: MPA holds that in-person and on-campus teaching and learning is in the best interests of students academically, socially, and emotionally and encourages students to be physically present and ready to learn each day. In the coming school year, we will return to our previously outlined student attendance policy which can be found in the MPA Handbook. Parents are required to notify the division office, via phone or email, if a student will be absent as attendance will be taken in all classes.

We are aware that there may be students in our community who are in a high-risk group for COVID-19, who live with someone in a high-risk group, or who are otherwise unable to come to campus due to a prolonged illness or quarantine. An individualized, developmentally-appropriate learning plan will be created to meet the individual needs of these students and their families in consultation with Division Director and approved by the Head of School. It is important to note that it may not be possible to fully replicate the on-campus MPA student experience. Documentation from an attending physician that outlines the student’s (and/or family’s) vulnerabilities will be required. Virtual school for short-term illness, COVID testing, appointments, vacations, or other absences will not be provided.

Provide Safe Athletics: MPA athletes will be masked continuously with the exception of while competing, regardless of vaccination status.

Provide Support Services: MPA will continue to offer student learning and mental health support services regardless of our position on the dial and configuration of on-campus and virtual learning. In collaboration with our student services team, school counselors, and school psychologist, MPA will provide support services that enrich the daily lives of students cognitively, socially, and emotionally.

Ensure Continuity of Theatre Classes and Curriculum: As we at MPA remain committed to a whole-child education that values the fine and performing arts, it is our goal to continue learning in theater classes. With physical distancing and increased preventative safety measures in place, we believe that instruction and a robust student experience can continue in our theater classes.

Support Music Education: One of the hallmarks of an MPA education is its robust music program. All students will be masked while singing, inside or outside, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Band students will continue to utilize bell covers for classes and rehearsals.

Provide Robust Clubs and Activities: Each division will work with faculty and students to determine scheduling and participation of clubs and activities. Much of these decisions will be guided by an assessment of student density considerations, ability to hold safe meetings (physical space), and timing of activities (during or after school) alongside school-wide considerations established in our school planning. We are committed to offering as many clubs and student activities as we are able in a way that is enriching and maintains physical distancing and health and safety protocols. Some clubs and activities may be held virtually.

Return To Regular Campus Events: MPA has many treasured school events that bring our community together to celebrate learning. Every effort will be made to resume our school events, even if offered in a modified way such as outdoors, to ensure safety and wellbeing of all community members while striving to maintain the integrity and traditions of our MPA community.

Bring Back Travel and Field Trips: As much student travel (domestic and abroad) as possible and academic field trips will resume in the upcoming school year. Should modifications be needed given increased transmission, MPA will communicate as early as possible to families and students any necessary changes as we monitor the external environment.

Provide Transportation: Busing will be maintained at MPA with mask-wearing for all passengers, enhanced cleaning, and physical distancing on District 622 bus routes. On MPA's bus routes, expect:

  • Masks will be worn by all drivers and students.
  • One student to a seat whenever possible (siblings may sit together).
  • Four windows will be open one inch: the two in the last row on each side of the aisle and two in the front row on each side of the aisle.

 


NEWS
PLANNING

Planning for the 2021-22 school year began at the start of the 2020-21 school year by documenting the learned experiences of reopening the on-campus learning experience during the pandemic. Weekly meetings by the MPA administrative team, and consultation with leading independent school and public health experts, and the MPA Board of Trustees ensured a successful school year and ongoing learning for all students. During the prior school year, MPA formed a Community Advisory Group comprised of members of the larger MPA community with medical, public health, higher education, government, and legal experience. The purpose of the group is to review recommended steps and provide insights, suggestions, and best practices considering their personal connection to the school and their professional areas of expertise. The resulting dynamic, flexible, and responsive plan detailed above is in accordance with the current requirements, recommendations, and guidance of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.

All decisions related to the plan are made by Dr. Bill Hudson, head of school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, the Administrative Team, and the Community Advisory Group.

Community Advisory Group

Dr. Emily Binstadt '91, Regions Hospital, Emergency Medicine Physician
Jeremy Drucker '97, State of Minnesota, Public Affairs Consultant
Kevin Goodno, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Attorney & Shareholder
Dr. Courtney Herring, Children’s Minnesota, Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Jessica Flynn, Fairview Health System, Family Physician
Dr. Jonathan Faust, Midwest Anesthesiologists, Anesthesiologist
Maurice Kuypers, Retired 3M, Global Business Manager, MPA Board of Trustee

 

Matt Larson, City of St. Paul, Chief Innovation Officer; University of St. Thomas, Adjunct Faculty; MPA Board of Trustees Chair
Caroline Portoghese, Handi Medical Supply, Inc., Director of Rehab Operations
Martha Burton Santibanez, Minnesota Department of Health, Assistant Division Director, Health Regulation Division
Brett Schreiber, Hennepin County, Senior System Software Engineer
Suzanne Schwartz, Hennepin County Medical Center, Director of Operations
Dr. Thabiti Willis, Carleton College, Associate Professor of History, Director of Africana Studies

Guiding Principles

Prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

Alignment with government orders and the guidelines of the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health.

Advance the continuity of learning.

Promote the social and emotional health of our students and, faculty, and staff.

Prioritize on-campus and in-person learning.

Focus on flexibility and nimbleness as the external circumstances change.

Honor the whole child education approach in arts, athletics, academic areas.

Transparent and frequent communication.

Unique pedagogical responses based on appropriateness for each developmental stage, PreK-12.

Commitment to equity and belonging.

Vibrant relationships between students, parents, and teachers.

FAQs

Please direct additional questions to covid@moundsparkacademy.org.

Does my child need to be tested regularly?

Regular testing is a safe, effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our classrooms open for in-person learning. Many people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms but can still spread the virus, so regular testing helps find infections before they can spread to others. This is especially important for children under 12 years old who are not yet able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and others who are not vaccinated. Through this program, we will be able to identify COVID-19 cases quickly and early, which can help us stop an outbreak before it begins. Regular testing will help us keep students in the classroom and allow students to take part in the activities they love.

MPA's COVID-19 Testing Program will begin the week of September 27.

Which students will be tested at MPA?

  1. Unvaccinated students whose parents/guardians opt-in to the program here. For families with unvaccinated students who choose not to opt-in, weekly PCR testing will be strongly recommended with all test results—both positive and negative—sent to covidtesting@moundsparkacademy.org.
  2. Students who have symptoms of COVID-19, even if vaccinated, or who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Parents/guardians will give consent at the time this occurs, so no action is currently needed. With test results available in approximately 20 minutes, this will dramatically increase the speed at which we can begin the contact tracing process.

Vaccinated students, particularly those involved in high-risk activities, are strongly encouraged to PCR test weekly outside of MPA using the Vault at-home and/or community-based testing locations. Report positive test results to covid@moundsparkacademy.org immediately. Negative test results do not need to be reported. For more information about testing, including locations, click here.

Why does my vaccinated child need to mask?

Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 community and as such, it has a responsibility to its younger students to provide the safest environment possible. Until our younger students are able to be vaccinated, we will all do our part to keep them healthy and in-school. Right now, that includes continuous masking. This should be a temporary sacrifice.

MPA's full masking guidance is above and as follows: Masks will be required indoors and outdoors for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Community members may remove their masks during controlled mask breaks, when eating, and when competing in athletics.

What type of gatherings should I allow my child to do?

Please click here to view the latest guidance from the State of Minnesota regarding gatherings and if you have further questions, email covid@moundsparkacademy.org.

How many faculty, staff, and eligible students are vaccinated?

MPA is extremely proud to share that 98% of its faculty and staff are vaccinated against COVID-19. And, 97% of initially-eligible students are vaccinated. These facts demonstrate MPA’s shared commitment to the health and safety of all community members.

Will MPA require my child to be vaccinated?

MPA’s goal is to continue its journey toward normal, pre-pandemic operations in the upcoming school year. These efforts will help us to eliminate distancing and masking requirements, and to resume events and on-campus learning for all students. To accomplish this goal, we need as many community members as possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Given these goals, MPA:

  • Strongly encourages all community members who are medically able to get vaccinated.
  • Will provide increased access and information about COVID-19 vaccines as it becomes available.
  • Will offer a confidential way to report vaccination status for students in order to implement the appropriate contact tracing procedures.

Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 immunization and how to get vaccinated.