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At their regular meeting on Aug. 10, the Randolph School Board unanimously approved a plan to bring students back into their buildings for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The plan has slight adjustments to the previous guidelines that were passed by the board in June. 

Students and staff are encouraged to wear masks in school buildings, but are not required. As it is required in all school districts across the country, masks are still required to be worn on school transportation vehicles. 

Families are expected to report a positive COVID-19 test to the school nurse and that person must quarantine for 10 days during the infectious period. The district encourages, but doesn’t require the Centers for Disease Control quarantine period of seven days with a test on the fifth day with a return on the eighth day.

There is a 10-day quarantine recommendation for those who wish to not be tested.

One of the key differences from the June plan has to do with vaccinated individuals. Any person who has been vaccinated does not have to quarantine or test unless they present symptoms. 

All decisions and plans are subject to change to CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. 

Board Director Regina Wernimont was late to the meeting and Board Director Heather Siebenaler had to leave early. Both board directors, and the other directors, were present for this vote.

For more information on COVID-19 guidelines and the Randolph Public School District, visit their website

Other news

  • The board unanimously approved donations from the Randolph Booster Club and Randolph School Softball.

  • The board unanimously approved open enrollment capacity limits by grade. The board is able to adjust this plan as they see fit based on the number of students entering the district.

  • Randolph Railroad Days will be over MEA break this year, Elementary Principal Matt Rutledge said.

  • The construction from the last referendum has been officially paid off, Superintendent Michael Kelley said.

  • The new building expansion open house will be from 4-7 p.m., on Aug. 20. 

  • Rocket Blast Off Day and Picture Day will be from 3-8 p.m., on Sept. 1. 

  • The annual True Blue Celebration will be at either 4 or 4:30 p.m., on Sept. 10. 

  • An overnight field trip from Oct. 27-30 in Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the National FFA Convention was unanimously approved. 

  • Increasing the FTE for Elliott Mann was unanimously approved. 

The board’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m., on Sept. 20.

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