Social Distancing Information

Posted by Tracy Jentz on 4/15/2020 4:30:00 PM

GFPS Employees and Families,

The North Dakota Department of Health announced earlier today an increase of novel coronavirus cases in Grand Forks.

It is extremely important that we each do our part to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We would like to take this opportunity to reinforce key information:

  • It is extremely important for our students and families to limit outside contact. Healthcare experts strongly recommend everyone stays home and not be in close contact with others.

  • For those individuals who are working outside of the home, do not go out if you are feeling sick. Visit for more information.

  • If you must leave your home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using a mask or face covering. Please visit for more information.

  • All Grand Forks Public Schools and Grand Forks Park District playgrounds are closed. We do not have the staffing to continuously disinfect playground equipment, which we know sanitizing is vital in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It is also important to reduce the risk of getting sick. The following steps can be taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds before leaving home, on arrival at work, after using the restroom, before food preparation, before eating any food (including snacks), and when arriving back at home.

  • The use of gloves in public may offer a sense of false security. Please continue to utilize and reinforce frequent and proper handwashing.

  • The use of a cloth face mask when you are in the presence of others is strongly encouraged to prevent the spread of this illness. Homemade mask usage is acceptable and cleansing tips can be found at

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • Cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow or in a tissue.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.

For questions related to the novel coronavirus, call the North Dakota Department of Health hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Altru has established a screening hotline, 1-701-780-6358, that is now open 24/7 (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week). Patients are asked to call this number prior to visiting an Altru location if they meet the following guidelines:

  • Experiencing symptoms, which include fever or signs of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath.

  • And have had close-exposure to persons with confirmed novel coronavirus in the past fourteen days.

  • Or have traveled outside the country in the past twenty-one days.

Thank you,

Grand Forks Public Schools