We received a report from a parent whose children have tested positive. These are in our middle school grades. Each case results in contact tracing and if your student is affected, you will receive a phone call and will be notified of the exposure date. Please read the message below; all information, steps and safety information remains the same.
As we received notification of a new positive case, we work with MDH to identify those who had close contact with the case, and communicate 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.
For privacy reasons, we can’t share many details about the status of the person. At this time they are either staying home and/or working at home for at least 10 days, and any staff or students who have been in close contact with them have been notified that they must also stay home and/or work from home for 14 days. If you have not been contacted, you are not considered to be at higher risk, and there is nothing additional you need to do.
We have taken action to clean and sanitize the facility and are working closely with MDH to monitor the situation. To minimize further exposure, we continue to recommend implementation of the following strategies:
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.
The Is it COVID-19? Website is Minnesota’s tool for identifying symptoms and when to seek medical help.
If you are positive for COVID-19, contact your human resource manager. They will help determine what next steps you need to take. Any personal health information employees provide to human resources will be maintained confidentially.
Resources that you may find valuable are:
Robyn Skwira RN, BSN, PHN
Licensed School Nurse
Executive Order 20-82 indicates that a school district or charter school that operates a hybrid or distance learning model “must provide school-aged care for Eligible Children at no cost during the time those children are not receiving instruction in the school building during regular school hours.”
The school-age care for children of critical workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a critical worker. If it is a two-parent household and one is not a critical worker, the school is not required to provide free school-age care to the family. It is our hope that we will have the capacity to provide care for those who need it; please complete the survey sent from your classroom teacher. View the list of Tier 1 critical workers here.
Due to COVID-related circumstances, we will have to temporarily close fifth grade to in person learning immediately. We plan to have 5th graders back in school starting Tuesday September 29. This means some inconveniences for all of us. We will have parent pick of materials, Chromebooks and other homework tomorrow, 9/21, from 3-4:30 PM behind Pioneer Elementary near the preschool playground. Teachers will be contacting families directly on Monday and Tuesday this week, ensuring their child is ready for distance learning. Again, based on the information we have now, it is our plan to have 5th graders back for in-person learning on Tuesday, September 29.
Update - due to an additional case, 5th graders will now be back in school no later than Monday, October 5.
As of today, USDA allowed Pierz Schools the opportunity to receive a waiver which extends free meals to all enrolled students through December 31 or until the federal funding for this program has been exhausted. We are hoping this lasts through the end of this calendar year, but do not know for certain. As this is a temporary program waiver, we are not refunding pre-paid lunch accounts. Those will be utilized once again when the program ends.
We will notify you again once we pivot back to our regular lunch program. We ask parents/guardians to still complete the Lunch Application, as it is a very important factor for other school funding sources. Please fill out the application if you have not already done so. If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school directly at 320-468-6458.
On September 8, Morrison County Public Health reported an increase in cases that pushed the Covid-19 14- day case rate over the ratio of 10. As you may recall, the new formula used by the entire state to assist schools in determining Learning Models is based upon the number of new Covid-19 cases over the last 14 days, per 10,000 residents, per county.
The fact that our county number crossed this new threshold does NOT mean all schools in the county are required to change to the next level. Public Health officials notified all Morrison County districts today they are not recommending any immediate change. Our county has formed a task force who continues to monitor the data which includes staff from all schools in the county. We constantly evaluate the data by zip code so all schools can make a more locally informed decision.
You can be assured that we will not make any change from one Learning Model to the next without providing you adequate notice. For example, if a rapid increase in case numbers involves many students, we would likely make decisions as quickly as possible to protect your children and household. On the other hand, if there are increases in Covid case counts that might not impact significant numbers of students and families (like long term care facilities, or some other specific industry), we could take more time to evaluate the trend over time and continue our most effective educational models as long as we can.
We know this will be a year like none other as we all work together to do everything we can on behalf of children. We are so happy to have this partnership with you as parents, as community members, and more than ever need to count on each other to communicate and share information knowing we all have what is best for our children as our number one priority.
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