2021 Back to School Info

Farmington Area Public Schools, ISD 192, is committed to the health and safety of our learners, families, staff, and our whole Tiger community. ISD 192 staff have been working hard to prepare for a safe return to school this fall. We are excited to welcome learners back to school on Monday, August 30, 2021.

Below you will find an FAQ document which addresses the most common questions our families have, especially with regard to health and safety, as we begin the new school year. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your school office and they will be happy to help. 


- If you have not yet completed your enrollment you can do so here
- If you have questions about school start times and contact information you can find it here. 
- If you have questions about back to school events or the school calendar you can find it here. 


2021 Back to School FAQ
Updated 10.20.2021

Will all students have access to full-time in-person learning? 
Yes, Farmington Area Public Schools is excited to offer all student full-time in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.

Will there be a distance learning option? 
We surveyed families regarding interest in a distance learning option for the 2021-22 school year last spring and we did not have enough families interested in this learning experience to offer this opportunity at this time. 

Will learners or staff be required to wear a mask? 

  • Face coverings are required on all district provided transportation in accordance with federal guidelines.
  • To help our learners have consistent learning experiences with as few disruptions as possible and due to an increasing number of cases in Dakota County and in zip code 55024, in addition to the limited access to vaccination for our elementary and middle school learners, all learners in grades K-8, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a face covering inside school buildings with programming for ages 3-8th grade. 
  • Beginning Monday, October 25, 2021 face coverings will be recommended but not required for learners in Early Childhood and Preschool programs. 
  • At this time, masking for learners and staff in grades 9-12 is still strongly recommended. 
  • Symptomatic people will be required to wear a face covering and isolate while waiting to go home or visiting the nurse.

Will the COVID-19 vaccination be required for learners or staff? 
The COVID-19 vaccination or proof of vaccination is not a requirement for learners or staff. For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including locations to get vaccinated, please visit the State's information page.  

Will the school require the testing of students for COVID-19?
No. ISD 192 schools will not require testing students for COVID-19.

Will there be physical distancing or cohort requirements? 
There is no capacity or physical distancing requirement in school buildings; however, we will maximize physical distancing in learning spaces to the extent possible and Intermixing of elementary classes will be limited to the extent possible.

On school transportation 6 feet of physical distance will be maintained between drivers and riders. 

Will a daily health screening be required?
Yes, please click here for the Farmington Area Public Schools Daily Health Screening. 

What cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be in place?

  • Cleaning and sanitizing protocols from the 2020-21 school year will continue. 
  • Hand washing routines will continue. 
  • Hand sanitizer will continue to be available.
Will there be isolation or quarantine requirements? 
  • Isolation protocols from the 2020-21 school year will continue for any learner or staff member who is displaying COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure is not required if:
    • Individual(s) are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms.
    • Individual(s) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and do not have symptoms.
    • All parties were wearing a face covering at the time of exposure and the exposed individual(s) do not have symptoms. 
  • Learners or staff are required to quarantine, following the duration guidance specified in the MDH Decision Tree, if they:
    • test positive for COVID-19 or
    • have COVID-19 like symptoms or
    • live with someone who tests positive/displays COVID-19 like symptoms unless:
      • Individual(s) are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms.
      • Individual(s) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and do not have symptoms.
  • Families and staff will be notified of an exposure in an ISD 192 setting and should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. ISD 192 is not requiring quarantine due to exposure in a school setting. 

What are the health and safety protocols for school district transportation? 

  • Masks are required on all district provided transportation in accordance with federal  guidelines. 
  • 6 feet of physical distance will be maintained between drivers and riders.