As you know, the rise in positive COVID cases in Morrison County and specifically the Pierz area continues to rise. A number of Pierz Schools staff, parents, and students have been directly affected in the past few days.
Because of the direct impact we are experiencing at Pioneer both in cases and due to required contact tracing, we need to make a quick decision to temporarily discontinue our current learning model.
To that end, we will be moving the elementary to a hybrid learning model, beginning Tuesday, November 10th (note: Monday, November 9th was a prior-scheduled workshop day). This model will decrease classroom sizes, allowing students to more effectively social distance, thereby cutting down on student and staff contact and removal due to infection and/or contact tracing. What does this mean specifically for your child?
We don’t know if or when we will be able to move back to in-person. We hope this move will keep us from having to make more restrictive changes. It takes all of our staff and our families working together to implement social distancing and taking precautions. We are very thankful for the efforts families have made throughout this year. We understand the need for families to plan. Our plan is to stay in this new hybrid model for Pioneer Elementary at least until the Thanksgiving break, reevaluating this plan before we return to school on Monday, November 30.