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Our First Day Together

It was THE BEST to have your children back at The Berry Patch! It was truly a wonderful day at both of our schools. We can’t wait for tomorrow!

We want everyone to be able to participate in the Berry Patch goodness and this important information from the Minnesota Department of Health will guide us in maintaining a healthy school year.

Press Release today from The MN Department of Health:

Staying home when sick or exposed is key to keeping schools open.

“Staying home when you feel sick or have been exposed are some of the best defenses we have against COVID-19. The exclusion guidance helps people understand when they need to keep their children home from school or child care,” said Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director at Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

“Whether it’s parents and families, or teachers and child care staff, the attendance and exclusion guidance and home screening tool is a proven prevention method to stop spread in our child cares and schools.”

“The biggest thing we want people to understand is that any Minnesotan – including children – who has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 needs to stay home for a minimum of 14 days,” continued Ehresmann. “You can’t test out of quarantine after an exposure. There’s no way to shorten the incubation period. So how you spend your time outside of school has a direct impact on your ability to attend school in-person.”

“Pediatricians and medical leaders worked with MDH on the guidance, and we are grateful for the partnership,” said Dr. Singh, chair of pediatrics for Park Nicollet and co-lead of the HealthPartners and Park Nicollet Children’s Health Initiative. “As a board member with the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a practicing pediatrician, I stand by this guidance. As a mom of two school-aged children, I know personally that this is not easy on families to adjust to these disruptions and try to balance work, but this fall and winter is going to look different. We have to work together – doctors, public health, and most of all families – to keep our children, their beloved child care and school staff, and our communities safe..”

We will all need to work together to make this a safe and healthy year for all our little berries and our wonderful Berry Patch staff! It was a great first day– here’s to many more!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Molly Lounsberry Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch