COVID-19 Communication

RASD Board of Education met last night in their regularly scheduled September meeting. Prior to the meeting, the Board of Education had received a few inquiries requiring the decision making process for the learning models. I did address the process at the beginning of the meeting, but would like to share that information with the community.


MN Dept of Education has outlined a committee makeup and process for reviewing and
deciding on learning model changes. This committee includes the Superintendent, a school
board representative, building administration, director of teaching and learning, technology
coordinator, buildings and grounds director, school nurse, teacher union representation, public
health, and a parent representative. The contacts for these individuals is located on the last
page of the reopen plan where the learning model changes are discussed.
The process is that each Thursday around noon MDE releases a two week average “number” of
cases. This number lags two weeks behind. For example, this Thursday we will look at a
number generated from 9/6-9/19. This number can be found at:
https://www.health.state.mn.us...


In addition to this MDE number we look at a real time number that is provided by public health
that is the last 2 weeks average through Wednesday of the current week. This allows us to view
trend data versus one point in time. The committee discusses and hears a recommendation on
the learning model from the Superintendent and the group deliberates and comes to a
consensus. A potential learning model change would lag by a week. For example: currently
we are in person elementary and hybrid secondary if the recommendation was to move to
hybrid learning model all students (which is the next level), that notice would go out to staff and
parents that Friday (10/2) and the change would occur on 10/12 giving teachers and parents a
week to make appropriate accommodations. However, if the outbreak was uncontrolled or MN
Dept of Health intervenes the change could occur sooner. The opposite of that is that the
warning goes out on Friday and by next week the current data shows a steady and safe decline
in numbers, the committee could recommend not to implement the change. I realize this is very
confusing and multi layered, but it does give us a framework that allows us to avoid
unnecessary learning model shifts.


There has been uncertainty and anxiety with the recent spike in Redwood County case
numbers. This week’s discussion will take into consideration community containment and or
lack thereof and of course stress the importance of the safety of our students and staff. The
school district has at this time had 4 cases since school started and they were all quarantined
prior to infection time period. This means public health and school nursing staff are doing a
great job with contact tracing and keeping our schools safe. In addition to these efforts is the
fact that our mitigation efforts appear to be working. One last comment is that our students
have been great by doing what is necessary to keep our schools open. They want to be in
school and it is the district's hope to keep them in front of our teachers and in our buildings!


Becky Cselovszki, Superintendent