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

Click here for answers 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.

Current COVID-19 Protocol for 21-22 School Year

COVID-19 Updates: 7/27/21

Pine River-Backus Schools are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our staff, students, community and facility use participants. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities. On June 30, 2021 the Governor’s Emergency Executive Orders came to an end and with it many of the requirements of the Safe Learning Plan. 

Pine River-Backus Schools will return to normal in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. The decision was based on the information gathered from our 2020-21 staff and parent surveys and the current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). This plan is subject to change based on changing requirements from MDE and MDH.

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. The Pine River-Backus Schools (PRB) COVID-19 Response Team and School Board will review these recommendations at a local level to determine the need for implementation based on local data and needs. PRB will implement the requirements made from MDE and MDH. PRB will continue:


  • A cleaning schedule during the school day to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Providing classrooms with cleaning supplies to wipe down surfaces and high contact areas.
  • Supplying hand sanitizers at building entrances and in the classrooms.
  • Protocols to reduce the transmission of germs will continue to be taught and reinforced.
  • Disinfecting the buses at the end of each route.