COVID-19 School Response

COVID-19 School Planning & Response
Posted on 09/01/2020
COVID-19 School Planning & Response

Dear Montevideo Public School Family,

Although we did not start this school year as we initially desired, I am so proud of our team, our students and our parents. Together, we made the quick shift to distance learning to protect the health and safety of our school family and broader community. Thank you for working through schedule and connectivity challenges.

It reminded us that COVID-19 can change our plans in an instant and the importance of being prepared to adapt quickly as a classroom, a grade, a building, or the entire district. We’re continuing to work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and plan to share on Thursday which learning model we will employ after this week.

COVID-19 Update
On Tuesday afternoon, we were notified four staff members (2 at the middle school, 1 at the high school and 1 at Ramsey Elementary) tested positive for COVID-19. They had been quarantining as a precaution. None of these individuals has been in any of the school buildings since at least August 28.

We have worked with the MDH and Countryside Public Health to identify those who had close contact with the cases, and have communicated with them individually. The risk of exposure for other individuals present in the building on that date is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.

I would remind you that if you were not identified as having close contact with the positive case, you should still monitor for symptoms of illness, but do not need to stay home unless symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, stay home and consult with your physician.

Taking Steps
We understand that this may create unease in our community. We have taken action to clean and sanitize the facility and are working closely with MDH to monitor the situation. We are asking all members of our community to minimize the spread of illness, including wearing face masks, keeping 6-feet of social distance and properly washing hands.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and plan to make a decision on next steps once we receive updated data from MDH and Countryside Public Health on Thursday. I will be in touch with any major developments as needed.

This is a challenging time, but we are Thunder Hawks and we will get through this and come out stronger together. I encourage you to continue to support one another and know we are focused on doing our very best for our students.

Sincerely,

Luther L Heller
Superintendent of Schools