• Definitions: School-Age Care for Children of Emergency Workers
    Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-20, free school-age care for the children of emergency workers (including providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel) was outlined. The orders directed schools to provide care to, at a minimum, district-enrolled students aged 12 and under.

    In order to ensure that we are providing for the needs of our students, we are clarifying the work that falls within each of the identified emergency workers categories.

    TIER 1

    Healthcare personnel include:

    • Personnel needed for direct care and critical administrative staff of the personnel needed for direct care
    • Long-term facility personnel (full-time)
      - Group Homes and supportive housing settings
      - Residential Homes
      - Nursing Homes
      - Residential mental health, substance use disorder, pediatric/adolescent residential treatment facilities
    • Post-acute Care personnel (full-time)
      - Long-term hospital
      - In-patient rehabilitation
      - Home Health
      - Skilled nurses
      - Home health and personal care attendants (PCAs)
      - Adult, adolescent and pediatric residential mental health, behavioral health or substance use disorder treatment facilities, intensive residential treatment services (IRTS), emergency shelters, Health Care for the Homeless providers, and homeless drop-in centers
      - MNsure Navigators
      - County and tribal financial/eligibility workers for public programs
      - State, tribal and county staff in emergency management or health and human services, including case managers and direct service delivery
      - County and tribal child welfare
      - Pharmacy employees necessary for filling prescriptions

    Emergency Medical Services personnel (full-time)

    • Paramedics
    • EMTs
    • Immediate supervisory staff
    • EMS Operators and dispatchers
    • EMS region medical directors—necessary to make override decisions to direct ambulances to other ERs based on medical needs

    Law Enforcement personnel:

    • Full-time Police Officers and their supervisory staff
    • Full-time Sheriffs and their supervisory staff
    • Full-time State Patrol Officers and their supervisory staff
    • Full time Minnesota DNR sworn conservation officers and their supervisory staff
    • 911 Operators and dispatchers their supervisory staff
    • Full-time Investigators (at the discretion of their Agency Chief)

    Firefighter personnel:

    • Full-time firefighters
    • Paid on call duty crew

    Personnel providing Correctional services:

    Minnesota Correctional Facility Staff

    • Corrections officers
    • Correctional Lieutenants
    • Correctional Captains
    • Physical plant
    • Correctional facility case managers
    • Correctional facility educators and educational paraprofessionals
    • Wardens
    • Associate wardens
    • Correctional facility office assistants
    • Correctional facility nurses and supervisors
    • Correctional program therapists
    • Correctional facility IT staff
    • Correctional facility Human Resources staff
    • Correctional facility financial services personnel
    • Correctional facility records personnel
    • Correctional facility safety officers

    Centralized Correctional Operations Personnel

    • Medical director
    • Director of health services
    • Reentry Services personnel
    • Policy and legal services personnel
    • Offender transportation personnel
    • Centralized records personnel
    • Centralized human resources personnel
    • Investigators - Office of Special Investigations/Professional Accountability
    • Minnesota Department of Corrections personnel assigned to Incident Management Team
    • Minnesota Department of Corrections personnel assigned to Continuity of Operations team
    • Minnesota Department of Corrections government and community relations personnel
    • Minnesota Department of Corrections Hearings and Release Unit personnel
    • Minnesota Department of Corrections Behavioral Health Unit personnel
    • Minnesota Department of Corrections – Communications Unit
    • Minnesota Department of Corrections – Office of Commissioner

    Minnesota Correctional Supervision Services

    • State Probation officers and supervisors
    • State Probation agents and supervisors
    • State Supervised release agents and supervisors
    • State intensive supervised release agents and supervisors
    • County Probation officers and supervisors
    • County Probation agents and supervisors
    • County Supervised release agents and supervisors
    • County intensive supervised release agents and supervisors

    Public Health personnel

    • State and local public health employees directly supporting the response of COVID-19 and other infectious
      disease operations
    • State and local public health officials responding to imminent public health threats
    • Newborn health screeners
    • State, tribal and local public health lab priority services
    • State, city, county and tribal emergency management essential personnel supporting COVID-19

    Court personnel

    • Full-time Court personnel


    TIER 2

    Essential Tier 2 Workers

    Beyond the emergency workers listed in the Governor’s Executive Order, there are other critical workers. Priority will be given to Tier I in the event of staffing or space issues.

    • Educators
    • Child care workers
    • MNDoT employees
    • State and local essential IT personnel
    • Substance disorder treatment workers
    • Medical examiners
    • National Guard (if activated)

    Water Treatment/Wastewater

    • Water Treatment Plant Operators
    • Drinking water distribution system maintenance workers
    • Safe drinking water delivery personnel
    • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
    • Storm and sanitary sewer system maintenance workers

    Day-to-Day Operations for Gas and Electric Utilities

    • Electric utility lineworkers, substation technicians, meter technicians, dispatchers, power plant operators
    • Operations managers and supervisors
    • Fleet and maintenance technicians
    • Transmission and distribution engineers and operators
    • Construction coordinators and technicians
    • Fuel technicians
    • Relay coordinators
    • Control room/center operators
    • Cybersecurity related information technology personnel
    • Gas safety personnel
    • Gas utility operations personnel
    • Water system operators, water treatment plant operators
    • Wastewater system operators, wastewater treatment plant operators
    • Managers with key responsibility for customer and community communications and response

    Emergency Response for Gas and Electric Utilities

    • Damage assessment personnel
    • Engineers
    • Safety personnel
    • Communications personnel
    • Mutual aid crews from other utilities

    Food Distribution Workers

    • Food Production Personnel

    • Food Distribution Centers
      - Drivers
      - Order selectors
      - Forklift loaders
      - IT personnel
      - Mechanics
      - Sanitation workers
    • In-Store Food Personnel
      - Store clerks
      - Stockers

    • Food preparation personnel
      - Cleaning staff
      - Deli and produce staff

    Public Works

    • City fleet (emergency equipment, fire trucks, police vehicles, etc.) maintenance workers
    • Traffic signal system maintenance workers
    • Emergency repair workers for bridges, water and sewer main breaks, and other emergent issues
    • Administrative support personnel that ensure OSHA safety requirements and field support for operations
    • Snowplow drivers

    Solid Waste Management (waste, recyclable/organics)

    • Collection, transfer trailer truck drivers and their fleet maintenance crews
    • Transfer stations, landfills, resource recovery, recycling and organics facility operations staff
    • Heavy equipment operators, facility operators (e.g. scale house operator, loader operator, line operators, boiler operator)
    • Environmental systems (e.g. gas and leachate management, pollution control equipment)

    Infectious and Hazardous Waste Management

    • Infectious and hazardous waste collection personnel
    • Infectious facilities operations personnel (e.g. autoclave and incineration operators)
    • Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities operations personnel

    Other Shelter Staff and Outreach Workers

    • Outreach workers to people experiencing homelessness
    • Shelter and drop-in center maintenance, housekeeping and janitorial staff
    • Shelter and drop-in center security staff
    • Shelter and free meal program food preparation staff
    • Domestic violence and victims services shelter staff

    Telecommunication Network Operations

    • Outside plant technicians for infrastructure restoration
    • Install/Repair Technicians for customer premise restoration as needed
    • Customer service representatives that interface with customers on service troubles
    • Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration

    State workers essential to the continuation of Minnesota Unemployment Insurance