JGESA COVID-19 Resources
JGESA understands that there are many questions around how students will learn. We are in uncharted waters and are doing our best to make this as simple as possible. If you have questions please feel free to reach out. Our goal is not only to provide an education for all our students, but to also maintain the amazing community of students, families and staff that make JGESA special.
Communication is key to making distance learning work. Not only will Advisors/Paras be checking in with students, but students and parents will need to communicate your needs with us. Email will be the primary communication from JGESA to parents. Please commit to checking your email daily. JGESA staff will be available 7:30 am-3:30 pm on weekdays. We ask for patience as some of our responses may take up to 48 hours during regular student contact days.
Click the link to read the full Executive Order 20-81 from Governor Walz
Face coverings All students, staff, and other people present in school buildings and district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles are required to wear a face covering. Face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer does not know they are infected. Types of allowable face coverings include paper or disposable mask, Cloth face mask; Scarf, Bandanna, Religious face-covering. The covering should cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive, and should feel comfortable to wear. A face covering is not meant to substitute for social distancing, but is especially important in situations when maintaining a 6-foot distance is not possible. Face coverings should not be placed on anyone under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance, or anyone who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition.
2020 - 2021 PLANNING GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS 7 of 16 A face shield (a clear plastic barrier that covers the face) allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception and may be used as an alternative to a face covering in the following situations: Among students in Kindergarten through grade 8, when wearing a face covering is problematic. By teachers (all grades), when wearing a face covering may impede the educational process.
Staff, students, and other people present in the school building or in district offices may temporarily remove their face covering or face shield in the following situations: Face coverings may be temporarily removed when engaging in indoor physical activity (e.g., during recess, after school sports, or when exercising in a gym) where the level of exertion makes wearing a face-covering difficult, and during classes or activities held outdoors. People participating in these activities should maintain 6 feet of distance while doing so to the extent feasible. Staff working in communal spaces (e.g., at desks or in cubicles) that have barriers such as plexiglass or cubicle walls between employees that are above face level.
2020 - 2021 PLANNING GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS 8 of 16 When communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing or has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with a face-covering difficult, provided that social distancing is maintained to the extent possible. Requirements: Scenario 1 and 2 Develop and implement policies for face coverings and ensure the policy is clearly posted and communicated to students, staff, families, and potential visitors to the school building.
The use of suspension for students as a consequence of not wearing a face covering is strongly discouraged. ▪ School leaders should work with students who cannot tolerate face coverings due to legitimate health reasons (e.g. health conditions, disability, etc.) and work to create a school climate that will combat the stigma and bullying of these students. Schools must provide face coverings and/or face shields to employees and students.
Employees and students may choose to wear their own face covering as long as it meets the minimum requirement of covering the nose and mouth.
While schools may choose to initially allot a certain number of face coverings and/or face shields to each employee and student, they should also maintain extra supply for staff and students who forget to bring them. Teach and reinforce the use of face coverings and/or face shields for students and staff throughout the school day, including on transportation vehicles, inside school buildings, and generally when on school grounds.