COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information - Return to School
Posted on 07/28/2021
COVID-19 Information - Return to School

The start of the school year is right around the corner and I am very excited to have kids back in school.  In preparation for the return to school I would like to share with you some important COVID 19 information.  This information is based on the most current Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education guidelines.  With that being said, I must also share that the guidance can change from these entities at any time.  If that occurs we will communicate those changes to families to ensure you know how we have adjusted our procedures.

When schools receive guidelines from the above noted departments, they come in one of three categories; Required, Strongly Recommended, or Recommended.  I would like to clarify what each of those categories mean as they pertain to the school district.  Required means everyone must follow a guideline and that the school will be enforcing the guideline.  Recommended or Strongly Recommended are generally meant to be individual choices, therefore discretion is to be used when deciding to follow or not follow the guideline and that there will be NO enforcement of the guideline at school.

Montevideo Public Schools is recommending the following areas, in alignment with state guidance, for consideration:

  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated wears a mask while attending school or events held at the school.This is for staff, students, or guests in the building.
  • Social distancing of 3 feet or more between students be followed whenever possible.

Montevideo Public Schools will be requiring the following things:

  • Wearing masks on school buses.School buses are considered public transportation; therefore, masking is required by the Minnesota Department of Health and by CDC order.
  • Reporting of COVID 19 exposure or positive cases in a family to the COVID Coordinator or School Nurse.
  • Quarantine for exposure or positive case as directed by the MDH Decision Tree for schools - Decision Tree
    Staff or students will be exempt from quarantine with proof of vaccination.Persons must be fully vaccinated to be exempt.
  • The quarantine rules are the same for sports and activities as they are for the school day.
  • If a student is in quarantine due to a positive test or exposure, distance learning accommodations will be made.This situation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

While there are still some unknowns surrounding schools, we feel it is important to communicate what we know with you as early as possible to help alleviate stress and as many questions as possible in order to allow parents and students to plan.  I know I speak for the staff of our district when I say we are extremely excited about the new school year and we look forward to having students and community members back in our schools!

If you have any questions about any of the requirements or recommendations for this upcoming school year please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Sincerely,

Wade McKittrick
ISD 129 Superintendent
Go Hawks!