Fillmore Central School District 

In-Person Learning Planning Guide

PreK-12th Grade




The Fillmore Central School District is committed to having all students learn in-person for the 2021-2022 school year. We will not be offering distance learning unless we shut down our buildings due to a Covid surge within our schools or communities.  We will continue our efforts to maintain the health and safety of all students, staff, and visitors for the 2021-2022 school year by continuing to follow MDE, MDH and CDC requirements. As MDH and CDC evaluate the pandemic data and adjust requirements, Fillmore Central’s plan will be adjusted to align with these guidelines.


Social Distancing

Social Distancing, or physical distancing, will continue to be a daily effort.  Fillmore Central will attempt to create as much distance as possible between individuals during the school day.

Fillmore Central Schools will continue to follow social distancing guidelines from MDH and CDC.



Any confirmed Covid cases will follow CDC and MDH guidelines.


Face Coverings

Fillmore Central is recommending, not requiring that all students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings.

Any student or staff who would like to wear a protective face covering is welcome to do so.

-Anyone choosing to wear face coverings may use their own, provided it meets with COVID-19 safety guidelines

-The school will have a limited number of disposable masks available in the office at each site

At this time, face coverings are not mandated, but we will follow any future mandates from MDH and CDC throughout the 2021-22 school year.



         -A listing of bus routes will be available to families prior to the start of the school year.

*MDH/CDC Mandate:  Masks are required by all students and staff while on bus and van routes. 

Close Contacts

Fillmore Central will continue to communicate with students and families if individuals are considered close contacts. Listed below are the quarantine options for our elementary and high school buildings.


Multiple options for families:

  1. Quarantine for 5 days, have no symptoms, negative test result - return to school
  2. Quarantine for 10 days, have no symptoms – return to school
  3. Wear a mask for 5 days while attending school, no symptoms, negative test result – following negative test result the mask will not be required
  4. Wear a mask for 10 days while attending school, no symptoms – following the 10 days the mask will not be required

***If symptoms appear then students will be required to not attend school until symptoms end and a negative test has been received or the 10-day quarantine period has been completed.


High School:

High school students that are considered close contacts to an individual that has been diagnosed with Covid, will be allowed to continue to attend school and participate in extra-curricular activities as-long-as no symptoms appear.  We recommend that individuals that are considered close contacts should wear masks.

If symptoms appear then students will need to follow the quarantine guidelines:

  • Quarantine for 5 days, no symptoms, negative test – then return to school
  • Quarantine for 10 days, no symptoms – then return to school


Any students or children that are living in the same household, full-time or part-time, will need to follow the guidelines listed below if they are considered a close contact to someone who lives in that home who has been diagnosed with COVID.

  • Quarantine for 5 days, negative test, no symptoms-then return to school
  • Quarantine for 10 days, no symptoms-then return to school

If a symptomatic person chooses not to be tested and has multiple symptoms then students in the household will need to quarantine for 10 days and must be symptom free prior to returning.

Vaccinated Students within the household may attend school in-person following the guidelines below:

  • Wear a mask for 5 days, negative test, no symptoms
  • Wear a mask for 10 days, no test, no symptoms


The Fillmore Central School District has encouraged all staff members to get vaccinated for the safety of themselves and our students, although it is not a requirement.

There is no requirement for students to be vaccinated in order to attend school.


Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of stress, fear, and anxiety for many people. It is important that individuals have access to the mental health care resources they may need to stay well during this challenging time.

The Fillmore Central School District will provide staff, families, and students with information on how to access resources for mental health and wellness.


Food Service

School meals will be free again this year. Families are still strongly encouraged to fill out a free and reduced form if you believe you are eligible. Online applications are available on our school website.

All elementary breakfast and lunches will be eaten in classrooms or commons areas. All high school meals will be eaten in the cafeteria and/or classrooms.  Both sites will continue to strive for appropriate social distancing.



All visitors will be required to report to the main office at each building site upon entrance into a building. 



Please contact the individuals listed below with any questions regarding this plan and/or the 21-22 school year:

Heath Olstad: Superintendent/7-12 Principal,

Jim Peters: PreK-6th grade Principal,

Micki Breitsprecher: Special Ed Director,

Chris Mensink: Dean of Students PreK-6/ Activities Director,

Angi Kaase: Community Ed. Director,

Aaron Janssen, Tech Director,



Contact: Heath Olstad
Our school has partnered with Teachers on Call to fill our Substitute Teacher and Paraprofessional positions. Click for more information.
District Office:                 P.O. Box 50
700 Chatfield St. Preston, MN 55965
High School:                     P.O. Box 599
145 Main Ave. S Harmony, MN 55939
Elementary:                     P.O. Box 50
702 Chatfield St. Preston, MN 55965
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