Important Update about Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and River Grove’s Contingency Planning

Dear River Grove Families and Staff,

We want to update you on our school’s planning for the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on Minnesota schools. Ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff is always our most important consideration. School leaders are in regular communication with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to be certain we are proactive in our decision-making, following current guidelines, and effectively communicating with our community. 

In the meantime, it is imperative all students, staff, and families follow the recommendations emailed on March 3rd about keeping students home when they are showing signs of sickness, washing hands frequently, and taking all possible steps to prevent the spread of illness. That information is repeated below.

In addition, if anyone in your family shows symptoms of COVID-19 (see the CDC website listing symptoms), please stay home and contact a medical professional.


Current Guidelines 3-12-20

  1. No school closures are recommended in Minnesota at this time.
    • Parents/guardians may choose to keep students home at their own discretion.

    • Please email every day that you keep your child home while school is in session, informing us of the reason. 

  2. In the event of a school closure, the exact length will be guided by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations and in collaboration with MDH, MDE, and local health officials.

  3. We will notify our school community of a school closure in the same way as we do a weather emergency: email; text messages and robo calls from JMC, our student database system; Facebook; and our website. 

  4. Students will be given e-learning activities in the event of a school closure. Teachers and staff have already been asked to plan for this possibility.

    • All students will have an active Google Classroom account for e-learning.

    • A Google Classroom guide will be developed for parents. We will email it out and post it on our website. We will ask for confirmation from all parents that they received the classroom guide (details on this process TBD).

    • If on-line internet connectivity is difficult or impossible for your family, please contact the school or your teacher.  Contact information is here on our website.

    • The e-learning activities may be extended if necessary. River Grove will notify families in the same manner as the initial notification.

Important Information

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General Reminders about Illnesses and When to Keep Your Student Home  

Students who are exhibiting the following symptoms of illness should remain at home, until symptoms improve or a healthcare provider has determined that the child can return to school: 

    • Vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours
    • Fever of 100 degrees or higher within the previous 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication
    • Pink Eye or eye drainage with fever and/or eye pain
    • Mucus/sputum that is green or yellow and cannot be contained
    • Signs of possible severe illness such as uncontrolled coughing, difficulty breathing, unusual tiredness or unexplained irritability
    • Mouth sores with drooling
    • Rashes or an open wound that cannot be covered
    • Unusual color of skin, eyes, stool or urine

River Grove’s administration is meeting throughout each day to monitor, update, and process relevant information. We will keep our school community informed.


Thank you,


Drew Goodson, School Director

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