COVID-19 Safety

Ge Xionggex@csemn.orgCOVID-19 Coordinator651-242-4296


Although the executive orders issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in the past year and a half have all been canceled, CSE has continued with protocols that are now being reinstated in many businesses; such as wearing a mask. This plan may be changed or modified based on any additional changes or modifications to any executive orders or other guidance that may be announced.

CSE’s key strategies to provide a safe and healthy work environment include:

  1. Conducting daily wellness checks for all who enter CSE locations. The process for checks is included in this document. All visitors, families, students and staff must comply with the daily wellness check in order to work or conduct business at any CSE location.

  2. Maintaining the CDC and MDH guidelines.

  3. Wearing face coverings. Wearing a covering is a requirement for entering any school building. Each employee will be provided a cloth face covering or have the option of wearing one of their own. Students will be provided cloth face covering (masks or shields) or have the option of wearing one of their own.

  4. Disinfecting work surfaces and using hand sanitizers. Supplies have been ordered for use for staff and students.

These strategies are best practices we know of today. We will modify our strategies as time goes on and the situation changes.


CSE has worked with MDH to provide COVID-19 testing for staff and students. These rapid tests are only available for students and staff that are symptomatic at school. CSE is not a walk-in testing site for students, families and students that are already symptomatic and should NOT be at school.

In order for CSE to provide the COVID-19 test, a signed permission form is required to be completed and on file prior to testing. A permission form was sent home the week of September 20-24th per household. If you need another copy, call the main office at 651-917-0073.

Once we finalize the COVID-19 testing protocol, we will inform staff and families of the CSE on-site testing


Masks required to be worn at all times in the building. Masks may be taken off when outside and when eating.

With the onset of cold weather and flu season, CSE wants to remind families of the following:

  • do NOT have your child(rent) come to school if they display any of these conditions - fever of 100.4 or higher, coughing, running nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, or other COVID-like symptoms

  • call the school to inform us that your child(ren) is not coming in and leave detailed description of reason for absence

  • If child(ren) is out for more than 2 days, CSE asks that you get a COVID-19 test done and report the results to the school.

  • do NOT return to school until child(ren) are symptom free for 24 hours

Attendance - Call the main line for any attendance concerns, absences and covid-19 related absences. Email if you are unable to leave a message.

Promoting COVID-19 Community Testing Sites

In addition to school COVID-19 testing programs, Minnesotans can get tested at local providers, pharmacies and clinics. The state is also continuing to make free testing accessible to all communities through its test-at-home program and 11 community testing sites. To meet increased testing demand, the state recently expanded its capacity by opening new community sites.

As you communicate with your families, consider sharing the following information.

How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:

  • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.

  • Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.

  • Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.

Who Should Get Tested

Even if you are vaccinated, Minnesotans should get tested:

  • if you have symptoms of the virus;

  • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;

  • if you are returning from international travel;

  • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.

  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).

  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.

  • With the at-home program and 11 community testing sites offering free testing across the state, the state has made it easy for Minnesotans to find a test.

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