March 12, 2020 - COVID-19 MN Department of Health Recommendations

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

We understand families, students, and staff may have questions and concerns about the coronavirus – called COVID-19. We want our staff and families to know that we are in communication with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on the situation.

Milaca Public Schools will be following the guidelines from the MN Department of Health who works closely with the MN Department of Education. Should the recommendation for schools closing be implemented, our schools will initiate our normal school closure procedure and our blended learning plan. We will continue to update our plans and provide you with more information as it becomes available.  

We know the virus is spread from person-to-person and there is now transmission within the United States. The best way to prevent the spread of the disease is through good hygiene – frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, avoid close contact with those who are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then throwing the tissue away, staying home when sick, frequently cleaning commonly touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, light switches, countertops, etc). Call your doctor if you feel you are developing symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

MDH has provided the following information and recommendations:
  • MDH is not recommending that events or extracurricular activities be canceled at this time.
  • MDH staff will contact individuals who came to Minnesota after traveling to China. MDH will determine if those individuals will have restrictions on their movement for a period of 14 days from the time they left the area. This could include being asked to stay home from work, school, and other settings.
  • Schools do not need to assess anyone who recently traveled or make determinations about who should be allowed to come to work or school. This is the responsibility of MDH.
  • MDH has encouraged schools to support students and staff who may be asked by public health officials to stay home for 14 days by allowing for leniency in absenteeism from classes and extracurricular activities.
  • Anyone planning to travel to China should review travel recommendations posted on CDC’s Travel Health Notices and keep an eye on the news for updates on this evolving situation.

We are monitoring the situation closely with the guidance of MDH and MDE and will update families and staff as new information becomes available. If you have questions about infectious diseases, call the MN Department of Health at 651-201-5414. For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the MN Department of Health website at or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at


Tim Truebenbach
Superintendent of Schools

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