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Safe Learning Plan, Survey Results & Guidance

Will students and staff be required to wear a face-covering?

Face coverings and masks will be optional for students and staff. Keeping in mind that we need to be flexible if the situation dictates.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors but is currently not requiring them.  SFAS encourages precaution and safety as we have in the past.

Have questions answered on the COVID-19 Q & A webpage

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

It is essential that you review your household contact information in Infinite Campus for accuracy. In case of an emergency, we must be able to contact you or the listed emergency contact.

For more information about Infinite Campus, click here.

Nutrition Services, Educational Benefits for reduced fees and funding

St. Francis Area Schools is participating in the United States Department of Agriculture provision that provides FREE meals for all students during the 2021-22 school year. No application is required to receive this free meal benefit.

However, your student(s) may qualify for additional benefits such as reduced fees for activities, athletics, preschool. Families may qualify for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT is a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit loaded onto electronic cards for families to purchase food. Applying for Educational Benefits will also qualify St. Francis Area School for critical education funds and discounts that help district operations.

Take a few moments to apply online now, Educational Benefits Form.

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Health screening guidelines and expectations

We ask that families use their best judgment when their student(s) may not be feeling well on whether or not they should attend in-person classes. Please report any absence to your student's school. We encourage you to be cautious as we make every effort to avoid any further disruptions in our attempts to provide a typical school year for our community.

What is the building access for families and visitors?

Starting off the school year, only people who are essential to the learning environment will be granted access to our Pre-K through grade 5 buildings. Outside visitors are allowed by appointment in our middle and high school buildings. 

Transportation for the school year?

Buses will be running at standard capacity. Transportation staff will continue to clean the buses frequently, spraying each seat with disinfectant and wiping high-touch surfaces. 

If your student rode the bus at the end of last year, they are still routed for this year. If your student did not ride at the end of last year and needs a bus ride this fall, please submit a Student Transportation Form. Please submit the Student Transportation Form as soon as possible to help with load projections for this fall.


Safe return to in-person learning survey results

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we are discussing the 2021-2022 school year! In this document, you will find answers to some of the questions I have been asked in recent months. If you have any additional questions, I am here to help. Contact me at or 763-753-7040.

Recently the District asked families and staff to take a survey to help guide planning for this fall. We appreciate the input from the 431 respondents. Below is a breakdown of respondents by the school where their child(ren) attend.

Please indicate what school(s) your child(ren) will attend in the fall (431 responses)

 Early Childhood Family Center   (24) 5.6%
 East Bethel Elementary School   (74) 17.2%
 Cedar Creek Elementary School   (99) 23%
 St. Francis Elementary School   (83) 19.3%
 St. Francis Middle School   (135) 31.3%
 St. Francis High School  (170) 39.4%
 Saints Online  (1) 0.2%
 Saints Academy  (3) 0.7%
 T15   (2) 0.5%
 Other   (9) 2.1%


Respondents were also asked, What safety measures they would like prioritized for the 2020-2021 school year?
The results are as follows, in prioritized order:

 Classrooms and other gathering places cleaned and sanitized daily   62.4%
 Sanitizing supplies including, hand sanitizers readily available for staff and students  62.6%
 Unvaccinated staff required to wear a face-covering   19.9%
 Symptom check required for every employee before entering the school/workplace   17.7%
 Unvaccinated students required to wear a face-covering  13.9%
 Required proof of vaccination status  12.3%
 Symptom check required for every student before entering the school  11.4%
 Social distancing protocols  9%
 All students required to wear a face-covering   1.6%
 All staff required to wear a face-covering  1.4%
 None of the above  28.8%
 Other   7%
 All of the above  0.9%


Finally, anecdotal data was collected, found again in the “Other” category with 11 additional submissions for a total of 41 responses. Overwhelmingly, the statements collected from respondents indicated that over half of the 41 written comments did not want to have a mask mandate in place and that we should return to a typical education model. Several respondents indicated that they would like St. Francis Area Schools to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines as appropriate. It is worth noting that over 62 percent of respondents indicated cleaning and sanitizing as a priority; several commented that this should be a priority at all times.