Skip to main content
Publish date:

2 Mendota Heights schools close after parent diagnosed with coronavirus

Visitation and St. Thomas Academy will be closed on Friday too.
Author:
St Thomas Academy

St. Thomas Academy and Visitation in Mendota Heights have been closed after a parent tested positive for COVID-19.

The private schools have notified parents that they will be closed on Thursday and Friday following the confirmed case. Spring break is scheduled to take place next week.

It comes after St. Thomas Academy's principal said a "parent in our community" was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

St. Thomas Academy told BMTN that the parent is NOT one of the 5 cases of COVID-19 already confirmed in Minnesota, with the Department of Health expected to release more details later.

"The Department has informed us that this situation is one of very low risk," St. Thomas Academy told BMTN. "We cannot reveal any further details about the individual for confidentiality reasons."

"While we have been thoroughly cleaning our facilities for several weeks, out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled school and activities today, Thursday, March 12, while we conduct a deep clean according to the CDC’s guidelines."

St. Thomas Academy was among the teams involved in last week's state hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. At this stage it's not known if the parent or their child/children were in attendance. 

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

"Saint Thomas academy learned tonight that a parent in our community has tested positive for COVID-19," the school's principal, Rear Admiral John E. Crowley, wrote in an earlier release.

"While this individual has not been on campus, we are working with the family to gather more information. We are also working with the local health agencies to determine the appropriate course of action."

In a letter to parents, St. Thomas Academy said that the decision was also taken to close Visitation because "our two schools share students and resources." 

St. Thomas Academy is a Catholic all-boys military high school, while Visitation is Catholic college prep all-girls private school.

Next Up

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.

deer

1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.

_DSC0318

Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-03-13 at 7.02.01 AM

Coronavirus: Robbinsdale Area Schools cancels classes on Friday

It comes after a parent was in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Osceola School District closing Tuesday after coronavirus patient visited

Osceola School District is located just across the Mississippi River.

Screen Shot 2019-10-28 at 8.09.57 AM

Woman found dead, man injured in Mendota Heights home

Police haven't said at this stage if it's a criminal investigation.

long term care elderly

Coronavirus: New guidance released for visiting long-term care homes

Visits to congregate care facilities have been strictly limited during the COVID-19 outbreak.

coronavirus, covid-2, doctor, masks

Coronavirus: First confirmed death in Minnesota

There are now 137 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minnesota reports COVID deaths of teen student, 2 school staffers

Cases in schools rose again in the past week, though there are signs cases may have peaked.