COVID-19 Updates & Guidance

COVID-19 Updates & Guidance
Posted on 10/23/2020
COVID-19 Updates & Guidance

UPDATE
The Montevideo Public School COVID Response team, which serves as the district’s incident command team, met October 22nd to discuss the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Countryside Public Health and the Regional Support team.  The data showed that the spread of the COVID-19 virus had risen to 79.93 cases per 10,000 and projections were that the spread of the virus would continue to result in an increase in those numbers for the next two weeks.  

     Following the review of the data and a lengthy discussion, the team determined it would be in the best interest of the health and safety of the community, staff and students to move to a more restrictive model.  Effective Monday, October 26, Montevideo Public Schools will move to distance learning for grades K-12.

     While active positive cases within the school community and in the schools themselves, and not the broad community level data, are the most important factors to consider when making a change in learning model, the local team may also make a move to a more restrictive learning model if they deem it to be in the best interest of the health and safety of the community, staff and students.

     School districts have to balance the important benefits of a learning model with the mental and emotional health of their students with the very real risk of COVID spread in a school environment and the community. Future decisions to change the model will be made by the school district in consultation with Countryside Public Health, the Regional Support team, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Education.

      This continues to be a challenging time for everyone and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work though the decision making process and the changes between instructional models.  We encourage everyone to take the steps necessary to insure the safety of all as we work towards an eventual return to an in-person instructional model.


REMINDERS & RESOURCES

Here are a few reminders on what you should do to help slow the spread and decrease your chances of exposure and contracting the virus:

-Wash your hands often
-Wear a mask (cover your mouth and nose)
-Avoid close contact (keep 6 feet distance from others)
-Cover your coughs and sneezes
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
-Check your health and for signs of illness each day. If you have any of these symptoms, stay home or go home, stay away from other people and contact your school to report your illness and symptoms you are experiencing.
[ ] Feeling feverish or fever greater than or equal to 100.4F
[ ] Chills
[ ] New onset of cough or worsening cough
[ ] Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
[ ] Sore throat
[ ] Muscle aches
[ ] New onset of severe headache
[ ] Loss of smell or taste
[ ] Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
[ ] New onset of runny nose or congestion
[ ] Excessive fatigue

Montevideo High School 320-269-6446
Montevideo Middle School 320-269-6431
Ramsey Elementary School 320-269-6584
Sanford Education Center 320-269-6538

Refer to the following resources and sites for more information and guidance on COVID-19:

Guidelines for Families (English & Spanish)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aPbvUwbGoWyEOOF5Inotykfdq13PE8yE/view?usp=sharing

Decision Tree (English)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xcNhZNKtGr1am10vxHvdo1-arP5gQbJJ/view?usp=sharing
Decision Tree (Spanish)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Tr74TavLs9k99vTAqS6yxvpgB8cA6okv/view?usp=sharing

MN Department of Health
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
Countryside Public Health
https://www.countrysidepublichealth.org/covid-19-information
CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Minnesota Helpline: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Countryside Public Health: 
1-800-657-3291

Contact District School Nurse Kaylie Amborn for guidance on symptoms, seeking testing or to report if you have gone in for testing.
Email: kamborn@montevideoschools.org
Telephone: 320-269-6431, Ext. 2161