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Parents, students and staff all have questions about safety when it comes to COVID-19. 

Click here for answers from the Mn Dept. of Health to common parent questions such as:

  • How long does it take for symptoms to start?

  • When must my child stay home?

  • How long must my child stay home?

  • What if s/he tests positive but has no symptoms?

  • What if my child has had close contact with someone who has tested positive?

Guidance in this document is provided by the Minnesota department of health. Please call us if you have further questions about your child

We’re always working hard to ensure your loved ones stay safe while learning at PRB or attending events.

COVID-19 Minnesota State High School League COVID-19 Requirements

COVID-19 Protocol for 22-23 School Year

Updated: 9/23/22

Pine River-Backus Schools are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our staff, students, community and facility use participants. To continue with a safe and healthy workplace, PRB has revised the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.  We are all responsible for implementing this plan and only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our schools and facilities.

For all individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 we will be following the Minnesota State High School League.  Viewable in the link above.

Education Overview for PRB

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) along with the Minnesota Health Department (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to make recommendations for the continued safety of schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Pine River-Backus Schools (PRB) COVID-19 Response Team will review these recommendations at a local level to determine the need for implementation based on local data and community needs. PRB will implement the requirements made from MDE and MDH.

Pine River-Backus Schools will begin the 2022-23 school year with in-person learning for grades pre K through 12th grade. We will continue regular schedules which include school 5 days a week, specialist classes, dismissal at 3:15, and after school activities. 

Face Coverings/Masking 

Pine River-Backus Schools will not require face masking or coverings. Face masking and coverings will be encouraged for children and staff who wish to continue the practice for personal safety or to reduce exposure for family members at home.

Health Screening, Positive Case, Quarantining & Isolation Procedures

Staff will self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If they are experiencing any symptoms they will contact the school nurse for guidance and may need to stay home. 

Families and students must self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. You may contact the school nurse or your care providers for guidance. 

COVID-19 Testing

Pine River-Backus Schools will have BinaxNOW OTC nasal kits available to students and staff, these can be taken at home or at school with guardian consent. 


Pine River-Backus Schools does not require vaccinations for students, staff or visitors/volunteers.  Vaccinations are available locally if you choose.

Social/Physical Distancing 

Social distancing awareness will be addressed by staff and classroom teachers.

Hygiene and Source Controls

Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our facilities and busses at all times. Staff and students are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of activities. When hand washing is not available an appropriate hand sanitizer will be provided. 

Equipment Usage & Cleaning

Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented, including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles, and areas in the work environment. Community and group participants should bring their own equipment (laptops / supplies) for each activity and follow recommended disinfecting procedures. 

Communication with Students, Families & Staff

To address the ongoing issue associated with keeping students, staff, families and community informed of the Pine River-Backus Schools COVID-19 Response Plan, the plan will be posted on the school website and a printed copy will be available in each school office. Infinite Campus Messenger Services (email, phone call and text), as well as letters from school administration will be used to notify families of any changes.  Technology Kiosks are available in each office area to assist parents with Infinite Campus Parent Portal access. 

Internet & Device Access

PRB has been granted approval from MDE for online learning if the need should arise for classrooms, grade levels, or buildings. PRB has the capacity to go 1:1 with Chromebooks allowing easy transition to online learning if needed.

Worker Protection

The health and safety of the PRB staff is extremely important. Staff will have Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) available and  hand sanitizer will be encouraged and available at each workstation and classroom. 

Activities / Athletics

School Athletics and Community Education Activities will continue to be offered following guidance from the Minnesota State High School League and Minnesota Community Education Association. 


No current COVID-19 restriction on school transportation.

Accommodations for Special Populations

Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies and procedures will be provided. To learn more about accommodations, parents/guardians should contact his/her child’s case manager.

Visitors & Volunteers

Visitors and volunteers who are ill are not to enter into any Pine River-Backus School Buildings. Visitors and volunteers will follow regular protocols when checking in at each school during the day.