Perpich arts high school covid safe learning plan 2021-2022
This plan is based on the MN Department of Health’s Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year document. In it, they outline nine, layered prevention strategies for schools to employ so they can have all students engage in in-person learning.
Strategy: Promoting Vaccination
As an 11th & 12th grade school, all of our students are eligible for vaccinations. We have been providing information to our families on vaccination sites. We have asked our families to respond to a voluntary, anonymous survey on the vaccination status of their student. To date, 82% of our families have responded and those results show that 90% of our students are vaccinated. We will continue to promote the importance of having all students vaccinated.
Strategy: Consistent and correct mask use
We will begin the school year following the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) recommendation to have all students and staff wear masks in all indoor spaces. This becomes particularly important because over half of our students live in a residential setting while they are in school.
Strategy: Physical distancing and cohorts
Our classroom, studios, performance, lunchroom, and residential dorm spaces will be set up and monitored to maintain a minimum of 3 feet between those that share that space. Signage entering the school and residential dorm will reinforce this standard.
All staff, students, and visitors will be asked to fill out a health screening questionnaire that asks about symptoms and exposure. Only those whose answers indicate they are safe and healthy will be permitted to enter school. While we will not administer COVID testing on campus, we will encourage all members of our school community to consider any symptoms they experience, who they come in contact with, and their vaccination status. We will encourage those who have any concerns to get tested.
We are bringing in as much outside air as possible through our HVAC system. When appropriate, maintenance will also be opening certain windows throughout the buildings so we can increase the amount of air that is being replaced. We have adjusted the HVAC units to exhaust the inside air to the outside and bring in fresh outside air into the building at a frequency recommended to reduce COVID transmission. We have also installed enhanced filters into our system.
Strategy: Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
Posted signage will reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer (Note: None of our hand sanitizer products contain methanol or 1-propanol.)
Strategy: Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine
We will use the most recent MDH COVID decision making tree to determine proper health and safety steps for anyone who exhibits symptoms and/or has been a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Included in the process will be asking anyone who has tested positive to identify those they have been in close contact with to help us inform those impacted.
Strategy: Cleaning and disinfection
All classrooms and common areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily, with particular attention paid to high touch surfaces. Each classroom will have a cleaning kit with two spray disinfectant bottles, a box of gloves, and paper towels. These kits may be used to clean areas students use after each class.
residential Dorm Considerations
In an effort to create as safe an environment as possible in the residential dorm, we will have students assigned as singles to rooms. The exception to this will be those students who have expressed a preference to live with another specific student.
In an effort to maintain social distancing during lunch, we will run two lunches each day with students alternating lunch time with their 3rd block class. Lunch assignments and schedules will be announced each semester.
Key Contact Information
Conn McCartan, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Bullen, Asst. Principal email@example.com
Deb Stone, RN, School Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Syvertsen, Counselor email@example.com
Dr. Charles Rick, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Switchboard (staffed 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) 763-279-4200
Attendance Line 763-279-4199
"[Perpich] has given her direction, skills, and shown her how to express herself through her art. She has grown enormously, and is forever inspired and changed."
"We had just moved to Minnesota in August, the month before the start of her junior year. She was able to begin the best two years of schooling in her life. We love the school, the staff, and all the school represents in the arts and the community."
“Our greatest concern was not being able to supervise him during these vulnerable years. We live 250 miles from the school and we couldn’t imagine how we would maintain the quality of communication we felt necessary. What resolved our concerns was how attentive the staff was to the residents. They initiated contact with us as needed and asked all the ‘right’ questions. We feel we’ve continued to have close intimate connection with our son despite the distance. And the dorm staff fosters it.”
"For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my children’s education myself. Sending the two oldest away to Perpich was a huge step of faith and I have not been disappointed. The teachers, in particular, have been fabulous!"
“Our greatest concern about sending our daughter to live at the dorm was her safety. After attending an information session and orientation day, we felt much more secure. The dorm is set up with a set of very reasonable yet strict rules; our daughter wanted to attend the Arts High School badly enough that she was willing to follow those rules. She has learned to balance her life on her own, to live with other people and their differences, and she’s felt a little freedom.”