Schools closed, Distance learning through May 4

The Governor has ordered all Minnesota schools to remain closed with distance learning in place from March 30 through May 4 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 Planning for Stillwater Schools

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The majority of respiratory illnesses are not COVID-19. 

District officials are closely monitoring information and following the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in terms of the district's response to this virus. 

Find the latest information from MDH on COVID-19 online.
If you have additional questions about the virus, please contact the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920. Calls are answered Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Current Situation 

On March 25 Governor Tim Walz announced that schools will remain closed and distance learning will be in place from March 30 through May 4 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The governor also put into place a stay at home order from March 27 through April 10, which means people should continue social distancing practices and only travel when it is essential.

  • Beginning on Monday, March 30 the district will begin instruction utilizing distance learning
  • NOTE CHANGE TO FOOD DISTRIBUTION EFFECTIVE MARCH 30: Families are able to pick up a week's worth of free meals every Monday at 14 distribution sites across the district. 
  • Childcare for emergency workers is available.
  • All school-related and Community Education activities and events will be canceled. There will be no access to school buildings for the general public. 

School closure will only be successful in slowing the spread of illness if each of us does our part to stay well. We encourage you to follow the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health to help prevent the spread of this illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Public health departments are identifying people who have traveled and may have been exposed to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing advisories for travel related to COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health has been clear that school staff are not responsible for investigating when and where people have traveled.

School events, activities, athletics & student trips

All school-related and Community Education activities and events will be canceled through May 4. There will be no access to school buildings for the general public.

Additional notices about public events or school trips will be communicated as quickly as possible to staff and families. Expect communication through an automated phone call, email and social media posts.

High school events and activities are overseen by the Minnesota State High School League.


The Minnesota Department of Health is the authority that directs individuals to quarantine. If someone is to be quarantined by a public health agency, district staff may work at the direction of public health agencies to identify additional individuals who may have been exposed to a disease and to support communication with those individuals. Quarantines after travel also are overseen by departments of public health. 

Preventing spread of disease

School custodians have changed cleaning routines to spend more time cleaning surfaces that are used frequently including desks and door handles. Schools have adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, tissue and disinfectant. Handwashing in schools has been increased.

School nurses and health paraprofessionals will take extra precautions in the health office to prevent the spread of illness. Age and developmental needs of students will be considered.

The practices recommended to prevent spread of COVID-19 are the same ones we use with influenza and the common cold:

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap. Our students are given time to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. Hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative and is effective against COVID-19.
  • Cover your cough: Cough into your sleeve or elbow and not your hands.
  • Stay home if you or your family have symptoms of illness. Schools have attendance lines to report absences.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your nose, eyes and mouth.
  • Do not share water bottles, cups/glasses, food, lip balm, etc.
  • Clean frequently-used surfaces (door handles, countertops, etc.)

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