Pause on Middle School In-Person Learning, Transition to Distance Learning
April 15, 2021
Today Superintendent Baumann made the difficult decision to temporarily close Century, Kenwood Trail and McGuire middle schools and temporarily move these students to full-time distance learning for the next two weeks. This is because of increased confirmed cases of COVID-19, student quarantine counts, and the limited ability for the middle school level to adequately meet the significant distance learning needs for quarantined students. These students will begin distance learning on Monday, April 19 and return to full-time in-person learning on Monday, May 3.
Middle school families should check their emails for additional details from their schools. This does not impact middle school students at the Area Learning Center.
At this time, significant COVID-19 case rates and quarantine counts are not isolated to the middle level. Because of this, we are reminding our community of the important health and safety measures we all need to continue to take as a whole community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our students in our schools.
Remember the basic steps you can take every day in the community to stay healthy and safe during the pandemic:
- Protect yourself and others by properly wearing a face covering
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Cover your coughs and sneezes; do not touch your face with unwashed hands
- If you are sick, stay home from school, child care, sports, and other activities
- Clean all commonly touched surfaces often, such as telephones, doorknobs, countertops, etc
- Participate in routine testing to avoid asymptomatic spread within our schools and community, especially if you have children in sports and activities. (How and where to get tested for COVID-19)
As always, if any of your children develop symptoms or test positive, everyone in your household will need to quarantine at home for 14 days and contact the school nurse. Details on quarantine and isolation guidelines can be found at the following links in English, Spanish, Somali.
COVID-19 Symptoms include:
- Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- New cough or a cough that gets worse
- Difficulty/hard time breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose
- Muscle pain
- Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
COVID-19 testing is available at multiple sites in the community. If you or your children are feeling any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested. It is important that if your student gets a COVID-19 test, they must stay home and not go back to school until they receive a negative result.
Additional resources you may find helpful:
- MDH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html)
- MDH Schools and Child Care: COVID-19 (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/index.html)
- CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 mitigation procedures as we work to protect our school community. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any COVID-19-related questions or concerns.