Coronavirus: Robbinsdale Area Schools cancels classes on Friday

It comes after a parent was in contact with a COVID-19 patient.
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Robbinsdale Area Schools has become the first school district in Minnesota to cancel classes because of coronavirus concerns.

The school district, which comprises 8 elementary, 4 magnet, 3 middle and 2 high schools, made the announcement early Friday morning.

"Please be advised, out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, Robbinsdale Area Schools will be closed today, Friday, March 13, 2020.

"This includes all Adventure Club sites. Early childhood and ECFE classes/events are canceled. Adult Academic Program classes are canceled. After-school activities and practices have also been canceled."

It comes after school staff were informed that the parent of a student at Forest Elementary School, in Crystal, had been in contact with someone who was tested for COVID-19.

Per an email from the district, that parent has not displayed symptoms but was in the gymnasium at the elementary school during pickup on Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommended on Thursday that schools should stay open until further notice, with health officials noting that children are less at risk from the virus and don't carry it as much, as well as saying it's important that the state's healthcare workers can still go to work.

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They did say that districts can take the decision to shut down in the event of possible exposure.

On Thursday, St. Thomas Academy and Visitation in Mendota Heights, two private schools announced they would shut down till next week after one parent tested positive for coronavirus.

Robbinsdale has said that efforts are underway to clean and sanitize the gymnasium and the parent pickup areas.

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