COVID-19 information

November 24 COVID Case Announcement

Royalton Public Schools was notified today, 11/24/2020 of three confirmed cases of COVID-19, affecting the Royalton Middle/High School Community. These confirmed cases had exposures of November 19th and 20th. We have worked with MDH to identify those people that were in close contact with the cases and have communicated with those affected directly by phone. The risk of exposure for other individuals present on November 19th or 20th poses no greater risk of contracting the virus in the general community when taking precautions. We are confident that all close contacts have been identified and communicated with.


  • Grades 6-12: Distance Learning continues through December 7

  • Preschool - Grade 5:

    • November 23-24 - No School. Preparation days for Distance Learning​

    • November 30-December 7 - Distance Learning

Our First Priority


Safety for all students, families, employees, and community members is our top priority. We will base our decisions from the experts: the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). Which of the three school scenarios we will follow are directly proportional to the adherence of the protocols, procedures, mandates, and laws set forth by the three governmental agencies mentioned. The safest environments will be made possible through cooperation from students and employees in alignment with the following measures.


  • Access for parents/guardians and volunteers will be very limited in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Students/Parents and Employees are expected to monitor their health conditions and not enter a school building if they are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • Proper Hand Hygiene is a must:

    • Handwashing using soap and hot water for 20 seconds regularly.

    • Hand sanitizing when handwashing is not available. Each room will have sanitizers.

    • Keep your hands away from your face.

  • Increased Daily Disinfecting - Custodial staff has increased disinfectant procedures throughout the buildings prioritizing high-touch areas. (Full details)

  • Water Fountains.

    • Hands-free water bottle station is available. Students should bring their own water bottles.

    • Drinking spout is disabled.

  • Face mask/covering must be worn in school and on buses to cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive, and should feel comfortable to wear. Face-covering promotes the health and safety of students, staff, and members, making a safe environment conducive to learning, compliance face mask/covering is a necessity. (Full details)

Safety Communications


Morrison County Public Health provides oversight on how schools in our county manage any events related to COVID-19. 

  • With the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19, current information and protocols concerning our area will be regularly updated on our website. 

  • This information will be shared with the “Incident Team” to make recommendations to the school board

  • Appropriate families will be notified of positive cases within a school site and the steps that need to be taken. 

  • If conditions require an immediate change in the school “Scenario Status,” the School Board Chair - Randy Hackett, School Board Incident Member - Russ Gerads, and the Superintendent of Schools - John Phelps will bring the recommendation to the School Board for an Emergency Meeting. If an Emergency meeting cannot be scheduled, the three members will move forward with the change of the “Scenario Status.”

  • The latest Student/Staff Exposure Flow Chart will be shared online as it is released


As a parent/guardian your communication to us is essential to keep our schools open. Please contact our School Nurses to check on protocols, Covid-19 questions/concerns, and report on conditions. Our need for information is crucial to make knowledgeable and informed decisions. Any personal information you give is confidential.


Your Communications


There are multiple ways to contact us with questions, concerns, and suggestions. Allow 24 hours for replies.

  • Direct Contact:


COVID-19 Case Management 

Education on COVID-19 will occur with both students and employees. Screening needs to be done prior to entering. Monitoring continually for symptoms will be done throughout the day by all. Those who become ill during the day will report to health services and be isolated and evaluated. They’ll either go home or return to class/assignment after assessment by our nurses. Protocol for Suspected Case or Positive Case with Student/Family Member needs to be followed. A flow chart is being developed. 

Mental health concerns will be addressed through risk assessment and referral as appropriate.

School Scenarios Decision Process


The level of the outbreak in our area and/or school will determine if we have to move to a different School Scenario. You will play a huge role in protecting our schools by monitoring your student(s) to follow proper procedures and keeping them at home if they are sick.


The Morrison County Director of Health will be in constant contact with us combining both Morrison County and Benton County information, 30% of our school population lives in Benton County. Our Incident Response Team along with the County and the Region 5 Response Team work together using those numbers to make a decision.


With that information, we look at a simple formula based on the number of cases per 10,000 people.


Number of cases per 10,000 over 14 days, by county of residence

0-9          In-person learning for all students.

10-19      In-person learning for elementary students; hybrid learning for secondary students.

20-29      Hybrid learning for all students

30-49      Hybrid learning for elementary students; distance learning for secondary students

50+         Distance learning for all students.

If conditions require an immediate change in the school “Scenario Status,” the School Board Chair - Randy Hackett, School Board Incident Member - Russ Gerads, and the Superintendent of Schools - John Phelps will bring the recommendation to the School Board for an Emergency Meeting. If an Emergency meeting cannot be scheduled, the three members will move forward with the change of the “Scenario Status.”

School Scenarios

Full details of Elementary School Plan

Full details of Middle/High School Plan

Scenario #1 - In-Person & Distance Learning

  • We will create as much space between students and teachers as we feasible can during the day, but will not be held strictly to enforcing six feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom.

  • Parents have the choice of In-Person or Distance Learning.


Scenario #2 - Hybrid Learning

Strict Social Distancing - Schools are limited to 50% maximum capacity in the rooms. 

  • Grades K-12 

    • 2 days of in-person attendance, 3 days of distance learning


All full-time distance learners will have the option of In-Person Learning on Wednesday by appointment along with students that need or want more help.


Scenario #3 - Distance Learning Only

Students receive instruction off-school sites, but schools may also be open to provide emergency child care or other functions.​


Currently, we are planning on running 9 bus routes, with Scenario #1, In-Person Learning. If we have to move to Scenario #2, Hybrid Learning, we will be at 50% capacity on the bus. All riders must wear face-coverings/masks.


Full Transportation details

District Office

120 South Hawthorn Street

Royalton, MN 56373

Early Childhood Center

120 South Hawthorn Street

Royalton, MN 56373

Elementary School

119 North Driftwood Street

Royalton, MN 56373

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