MNCS Covid update: Looking ahead to January 2021

Greetings Again MNCS Families,       (posted December 23rd, 2020)

 Thank you again for your patience as we continue our journey through this unusual 2020-21 school year. As many of you know, Governor Walz has now asked that we prioritize getting our elementary school children back to in-person school. In accordance with MDE’s recent updates to the MN Safe Learning Plan, our MNCS-Elem students in K-6 will return to our hybrid learning model on Monday, January 18th, 2021. Starting on that date, our elementary students will be in school, in-person, Monday through Thursday, with Friday being a distance learning (DL) day. For the most part, at our K-6 grade levels, things will look very similar to how they were up until our shift into distance learning in November. 

 Families will still have the option to participate in Distance Learning if they would like to continue doing so.

 At this time it is too soon for us to provide any new update on our grades 7-12 learning model.  The new MN Safe Learning Plan allows us to discount local COVID county case data for K-6 planning, but we still need to take those numbers into account for older students. While we’ve all done a great job of bringing those community case count numbers down from the high levels we saw in November (thanks, everybody!), at this time they are still too high for us to plan a return to hybrid learning for 7-12 students. We will continue to monitor the numbers over break and through early January and will update families of 7-12 students at a later date.

If you have any questions, please send them to us at  covid19@newcountryschool.com -- also please continue using this email to report any positive cases of COVID19 in students. Students with a lab confirmed case of COVID have a 90-day window after testing positive during which they would not have to quarantine if they become a close contact of a positive person, so it is important that we know of positive tests and the dates they tested positive, even if it’s during distance learning or over break. Also another reminder that if you are traveling out-of-state over the holidays, your student will need to quarantine at home for 14-days after you return.

Have a safe and happy holiday break, and we look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

The MNCS Covid Coordinator Team covid19@newcountryschool.com