10/9/2020 Covid-19 Update

COVID Update-10/9/20

The COVID Committee met again yesterday and we are officially announcing a slight change in our learning model as community numbers warrant that move.  This change will be in effect starting Monday, October 12.  Our number yesterday from MDE factoring out a facility outbreak is 34.64.  The preliminary or real time Redwood County Case rate for the weeks of 09/20/2020-10/03/2020 is 35.94.   

The committee has decided to stay with the instructional model change discussed last week:  

 

K-4 will implement the hybrid model (which is still all students attending each day).  The changes are all internal, so parents will not notice a change.

 

Grades 5-6 will remain in person with social distancing as much as possible. The classrooms are set up with students between 4-5 feet apart.  They are not quite large enough with our class sizes to get to 6 feet.  The concern with our true hybrid model is two-fold.  The first is that we need to keep our elementary students in front of their teachers as much as possible and second is that the need for child care on the "off" days will be a concern in the community and for our staffing as well.  

 

Grades 7-12 were already in hybrid so they stay in hybrid and continue what we have been doing.

 

MN Dept of Education will have a new reporting system starting next week.  It will report schools that have 5 or more positive cases.  I will continue to receive information on this new reporting format, but I can say that none of our schools will make that list at this point.  We have had 1 staff test positive since the start of the year and 4 of our students.  Our nursing staff is doing an amazing job!!!!

 

This week we have quarantined students according to MDH guidelines.  At this time we have no positive results on those students.  Our contract tracing and quarantine system is allowing us to keep our students and staff safe.  

 

With MEA break (October 15-16) approaching, we are asking our students, parents and community to please practice hand washing, social distancing and masking as much as possible.  

 

If our number were to increase, the next move would be for secondary to go to distance learning.  We know this will have impacts on education and it also mean our extracurriculars will come to a stop.  We want our kids to be in school and be able to participate, so we need everyone to do their part to make that happen!

 

Thanks for staying updated and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at bcselovszki@redwoodareaschools.comBecky Cselovszki, Superintendent