MNCS-Elem: Update next week K-6 return to Hybrid

Hello Again MNCS K-6 Families,      (posted January 14th, 2021)

 As we rapidly approach the highly anticipated return to our Hybrid learning model for K-6 students, there are a few things we wanted to take a few minutes to update you on.

Remember that next Monday, January 18th there will be No School for K-6 students. Staff needs this day to finish planning and preparing the buildings for students to return. K-6 students will return to Hybrid classrooms on Tuesday, January 19th. As before, K-3 will be attending at the elementary building, and 4-6 will be down at the high school building. Students will be attending Monday-Thursday with Fridays being a distance learning day for all.

Our Hybrid learning model remains almost the same as it was in the fall. Masks will be required for all students and staff anywhere in the building. Staff will also be required to wear face shields in addition to masks. Students will not need to wear shields, but it might be worth mentioning it to your children so they won’t be surprised when they see us on Tuesday. Also, the state has changed the minimum recommended distancing for elementary students from 6 feet of physical distance to 3 feet of distance. Our goal is to keep the distance between students to 6 feet as much as possible, but please be aware that there may be occasions when they are closer than that.

One of the changes we are making to our model revolves around staffing absences, and the struggles we had keeping our buildings staffed in the fall. There remains a limited availability of substitute teachers, and the potential for extended teacher absences due to isolation or quarantine scenarios is a real possibility. If a classroom teacher is absent from school for a short or for an extended period of time, their students will need to move into distance learning until that teacher is able to return to the building and the classroom. It is possible that we may need to make the decision to close a specific classroom on very short notice; please have a backup plan in place for your child. We understand that this change will be inconvenient for families, but given the constraints of the current situation it will help prevent the need for an even larger number of students to shift into distance learning if staffing gets tight. 

Remember that the best thing we all can do to continue keeping students in school is to keep your children home from school if they are sick, or if they have been in close contact with a positive COVID case. The MDH guidance and daily screening tool can be found HERE; we recommend you review this literature if you haven’t done so in a while. Please reach out with any Covid-related questions or to report any positive test cases.

The MNCS Covid Coordinator Team

covid19@newcountryschool.com