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COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

COVID-19 procedures that are followed for services on site at St. David's Center, at partner sites, and during in-home services.


Introduction: Safety and health are of utmost importance. This plan is dynamic and will be continually updated to reflect emerging information and best practice recommendations from our Medical Director, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last Updated January 13, 2022


Clients, staff members, and any in-person parents or visitors will be required to assess their symptoms, or exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, before receiving or providing in-person services or working in one of St. David’s Center’s buildings or partner sites. Anyone with symptoms or an exposure will not be able to receive or provide in-person services and will be instructed to follow MDH quarantine guidelines.

  • Illness: Does the person (client or staff) have ONE of the more common symptoms (fever of 100.4 degrees or higher; new cough or a cough that gets worse; difficulty/hard time breathing; new loss of taste or smell) or at least TWO of the less common symptoms (sore throat; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; chills; muscle pain; extreme fatigue/feeling very tired; new severe/very bad headache; new nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose)?
  • Exposure: Has the person (client or staff) been directly exposed to a person (within 6 feet 15 minutes or more over the previous 24 hours) who has tested positive for COVID-19?
    * Not required for fully vaccinated staff or clients

    Parent/guardians and staff must self-disclose if they have symptoms or exposure. If the client or staff member answers “yes” to either of these questions they will be immediately excluded from in-person services or entering St. David’s Center’s buildings or partner sites.


If a client or staff reports symptoms or an exposure to someone who tested positive with COVID-19, they will be excluded that day and will follow guidelines for returning. If a client or staff member develops symptoms during programming, they will be isolated until plans can be made to return home.

Reporting Protocol: A staff or client with onset of symptoms (per guidelines in point 1 above), exposure to someone who tested positive, or a positive test themselves must immediately inform their supervisor (or if a client, your staff contact) and will be excluded from programming (see below). The supervisor will complete the online COVID-19 Symptom, Exposure and Test Reporting Form. If reporting a positive case, the supervisor will immediately inform St. David’s Center leadership.

Exclusion and Return Protocol: A staff or client with onset of symptoms (per guidelines in point 1 above), exposure to someone who tested positive, or a positive test themselves will be excluded from programming and will be allowed to return according to a combination of:


  • Returning parameters after exposure to positive case:
    • 14 Days: Quarantine must be 14 days if the exposed staff/client develops symptoms.
    • 10 Days: Quarantine can be 10 days if the exposed staff/client has had no symptoms AND did not take a test.
    • 7 Days: Quarantine can be 7 days if the exposed staff/client has had no symptoms AND if the staff/client has a negative test result. Note: Test must be taken on day 5 after exposure or later.
    • Staff and clients will only be able to return once St. David’s Center leadership has determined that the classroom or treatment room has sufficient staffing resources to reopen.
    • If the exposure to a positive case is within the household or living situation where the staff/client lives, then that staff/client must quarantine a full 14 days (even if the positive case can isolate). 

Vaccinated Staff and Clients Exception: Fully vaccinated staff and clients do not need to report or exclude (quarantine) after an exposure.

  • Classrooms and treatment rooms and appointments will remain open for clients who are fully vaccinated, so long as we can sufficiently staff the room or session.

MN Department of Health (MDH) Reporting: Upon learning of a positive lab-confirmed test result for COVID-19 of a staff or client in any of our programs, St. David’s Center will immediately:

  • Contact MDH and follow directions for contact tracing, closure of classrooms or services, and quarantining.
  • Inform staff and families impacted by the exposure; and
  • Develop and implement a deep cleaning and disinfecting plan according to CDC guidelines.


Center-based services will be offered within self-contained, consistent cohorts that will not intersect indoors throughout the day.


Outdoor play spaces will be used by individual cohorts on a rotating basis, without cohorts overlapping. Public use of our outdoor spaces will be completely prohibited; playgrounds will be locked. In-home staff members are encouraged to work with clients outdoors, when possible.


Client drop off and pick up will either be done curbside or inside the building, depending on the program and location. Parents/guardians and the public will not be allowed in the building, unless approved for specific treatment sessions or approved for pick up and drop off.


Community spaces inside our buildings are not open to parents for drop off, pick up, or waiting. Parents may join or observe therapy sessions via telehealth or receive approval to join a specific session by the treating therapist and the program supervisor. Parents will be required to sign a form stating agreement to follow St. David’s Center’s protocol in advance of both center-based and in-home services. Vaccinated volunteers are allowed in-center under specific circumstances.


All clients and staff will wash hands for 20 seconds or more using proper handwashing techniques when entering a St. David’s Center building, home, or partner site and regularly throughout the day. If soap and water are not immediately available, hand sanitizer may serve as an alternative and is accessible in multiple locations and via portable bottles.

8) Face Coverings

All staff, parents, and clients ages six and older are required to wear face coverings in St. David’s Center’s buildings (classrooms, treatment rooms, and in communal spaces like hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, and workrooms), partner sites, and client homes.

Face coverings are not required in any outdoor spaces.

This guidance is superseded by mandates of local governments or businesses where St. David’s Center provides services.

The following are exceptions:

  • Child development and learning may be inhibited by masks at times, and staff may temporarily remove masks for the sake of learning and communication. Our expectation is that staff wear masks, following our Preparedness Plan, while recognizing there are moments where they will need to remove masks to be effective in their work.
  • Clients with developmental, medical, or mental health conditions that make it unreasonable for the person to wear a mask shall not be required to do so.
  • Staff who have received the booster shot may unmask in meeting spaces, offices, office suites, and homes where all other participants are vaccinated.


A strict cleaning and disinfecting protocol will be followed throughout our buildings, in family homes, and at partner sites with specified, regular frequency in all classrooms, treatment spaces, and other spaces as needed.


When necessary, staff, parents, and all other adults will practice social distancing throughout St. David’s Center buildings, at partner sites, and in client homes. In classrooms, treatment rooms or when providing services in homes, social distancing may not be possible with children or vulnerable adults, given the nature of our services and client populations.


St. David’s Center’s HVAC systems have been updated as of 2016 (and added bipolar ionization in 2020) in Minnetonka, and 2018 at the Harman Center, including the most recent fresh air exchange elements. Additionally, HVAC systems will be evaluated to be sure we are maximizing the tools available and adding additional components, as recommended.

Our Blog - Your Home for Updates

In addition to email, all communication related to COVID-19 from St. David's Center will be posted to our blog.


Resource links for current COVID-19 Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minnesota Department of Health

MDH Website

Minnesota Department of Health


Your support is needed now, more than ever. Your gift will help St. David’s Center provide necessary supports to children and families during this public health crisis, including a wide-range of mental health services via telehealth and childcare for emergency and essential workers. With your support we will come out of this crisis stronger than ever.


Strategies to Reduce Risk of Getting Virus

Clean your hands often.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Clean your hands often.

Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people.

Avoid close contact.

Stay home if you're sick.

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Stay home if you're sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

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