Cook County Public Schools will be implementing distance learning January 18-21 due to a shortage of staff and numerous cases of COVID. In person learning will resume on January 25th. Click here to read the notification letter.
Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan (updated 8.19.21)
Based upon guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the MN Department of Health (MDH), and the MN Department of Education (MDE), Cook County Public Schools will implement in-person learning every day for the 2021-22 school year while remaining flexible to respond to the evolving variables of the ongoing pandemic. The academic calendar for the 2021-22 school year can be found on the Calendars page of the district website, and school hours are 8:07am - 3:15pm as in past years.
As recommended by the MDH, a multi-layered approach to reducing the possibility of transmitting illness will be implemented in Cook County Schools. This approach facilitates the ability to increase or decrease mitigation layers in response to the evolving situation in the Arrowhead region. Here are some details about what to expect for 2021-22:
All k-12 students and staff are required to wear a mask when indoors per district policy 808 (revised on 8.19.21).
All students and staff are required to wear a mask on public transportation and in school district vehicles per the current federal Executive Order.
Continuing to run ionization HVAC units with increased air intake
Smaller class sizes (funded through federal funding to address the pandemic)
Continuing to keep students in cohorts as much as possible including some elementary classes eating meals in classrooms and staggering meal times
Continuing with morning health screenings
Continuing with more intense cleaning routines and running buses with some windows open
Continuing with social distancing and handwashing protocols as much as is feasible
Continuing to enforce quarantine and isolation protocols when symptomatic (here is the MDH decision tree for those who have symptoms) or a close contact of a lab-confirmed case of COVID per MDH guidelines and in partnership with Cook County Public Health
Providing a take home Vault COVID test for staff and students as requested (health office)
Continue with free meals for all children in Cook County (funded through a federal Dept. of Agriculture grant)
Working with Public Health to implement a screening test protocol for students and staff. Tests have been ordered and Public Health is in the process of onboarding additional staff to assist with this effort.
While the Cook County Public Schools community is working hard to implement MDH and CDC recommendations, the district cannot ensure that students, staff, and parents in other school districts will do the same. Please know we will do our best to maintain a safe environment for our students that are in activities/athletics, and that we are very proud of our Viking community!!
Families with concerns about sending students to school due to a diagnosed health concern are invited to contact the school principal, Ms. Meyers, to make a plan for home-bound education services. Thank you in advance for helping to make the 2021-22 a great school year in Cook County! Go Vikings!
COVID Take Home Test Information
The MN Department of Education has provided a take home antigen COVID test for each student in MN schools. This link will take you to the information provided to the school district about the tests. One box with two tests will be sent home with each student right before winter break. Families are encouraged to use the tests as we return from winter break to help us keep COVID out of Cook County Schools!!
Weekly COVID Testing at School
Thanks to a strong partnership with Cook County Public Health, ISD 166 will begin offering voluntary COVID testing at school starting mid-January on Mondays. Click here to read more and to find the permission form that must be submitted!