Contact: Karsten Anderson, Superintendent
Phone: 651-385-4501

Red Wing School Board voted Tuesday, Feb. 22, to end the mask mandate at midnight. Effective Feb. 23, masks are optional/recommended, according to the motion. 

Masks remained required in three circumstances:

  1. On public transportation, including school buses and school vans, until the federal mandate ends.

  2. When someone shows COVID-19 symptoms at school. (Anyone in a district setting who exhibits symptoms will be sent home regardless of vaccination status. They are expected to wear a face covering provided by a school nurse until they leave school grounds.)

  3. For staff who tested positive for COVID and are eligible for ending isolation early. 

The board reiterated that people who are sick–especially with COVID-related symptoms–should stay home.

The board also voted to end family quarantining for E-12 students.

Learning Plan (approved 2/22/22)

Learning Plan (approved 2/22/22) - Spanish

ESSER III Fund Application


Do you have a general question for the COVID Response Team? Email us at

Q. What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?

These terms mean two very different things under Red Wing Public Schools’ COVID-19 protocols.
Isolation applies to someone who is positive for COVID-19.
Quarantine applies to people who have been in close contact with a positive person but have not developed symptoms. The district is not quarantining students or staff at this time.

Q. Why should I get my student vaccinated?
Mayo Clinic explains in a video.

Q. Is there a food service plan in place for quarantined students?

Yes. Students who must isolate due to COVID-19 infection may still receive free breakfast and lunch for instructional days. Parents/guardians first must complete and submit this form. Families will be notified and then may pick up meals between 7-9 a.m. on Wednesdays at Red Wing High, through School Door #40 (back of school by loading docks).

Families can learn more on the School Menu webpage.

Q. Where can my family get tested for COVID-19? 

The District has free COVID testing kits available to be used when you need them. Have your child stop by their school nurse's office or ask the nurse to tuck a kit into your child's backpack.

Please test a household member if someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. Test the person twice -- 24 hours apart -- following instructions. If the symptomatic person is a student in the District, they must take both tests in the kit and have two negative results before returning to school.
​​​​​​The District also have Vault PCR tests available. Contact a building nurse for information.

Other COVID-19 testing options are available to Minnesotans. Please visit COVID-19 Testing - Minnesota Dept. of Health ( for more information on Minnesota's free community testing sites, no-cost COVID-19 test at home, or locations at a local pharmacy, clinic or hospital.

Q: A household member has COVID. Can I still send my child to school?

A: Yes. The District does not require students in grades E-12 to quarantine. However, infected students must isolate for 10 days.

​​​​Note: These protocols may change if COVID-19 transmission levels escalate or the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health adjust their recommendations.

Q: My child said, “I don’t feel well today.” Should she stay home?

A: Yes. 

The ill child should be tested for COVID-19 immediately or stay home for 10 days. 

Know the symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Everyone in the household should carefully monitor for symptoms.