ROCORI school board passes COVID-19 resolution, will avoid emergency meetings

Erik Newland
St. Cloud Times
ROCORI High School is pictured Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Cold Spring.

COLD SPRING —The ROCORI school board passed health and safety measures for the 2021-22 school year at a meeting Monday evening.

The measure failed to pass during a Sept. 13 board meeting, and without it, district administrators  would have been forced to call an emergency board meeting for each change made to its COVID-19 mitigation policies.

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Under the new health and safety measures, ROCORI staff and students will not be required to wear face coverings in school buildings unless mandated by the state or federal government, according to Superintendent Brad Kelvington.

Kelvington is authorized to change health and safety measures by class, building, grade level or district in conjunction with district staff and public health officials. 

A 10-day "reset" strategy that would involve temporarily closing classrooms or buildings instead of the whole district at once is still being considered but not in place yet, Kelvington said. The district will work with its emergency planning team to finalize the details for potential resets during the school year.

Future COVID-19 mitigation strategies will be presented to the board at regular meetings, Kelvington said.

The district will communicate changes to its COVID-19 strategies and the pandemic situation in a biweekly email notice to families, according to Kelvington. The district is also considering resuming publishing case information through a COVID-19 dashboard on its website.

Erik Newland is the education reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach him at 320-255-8761 or Follow him on Twitter @SCTimesErik.

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