MNCS Covid: Weekly Update

Weekly Updates from the MNCS COVID Coordinators Team

3/1/21

Greetings MNCS Families,

We’re sending out this email to provide some regular updates and current information about our school’s COVID status, and to cover some key reminders for everyone about sending your children to school in our current model. 

While COVID case rates are still down overall, it’s important to stay vigilant in keeping COVID out of school buildings so we can continue with hybrid learning over the coming weeks. 

By the Numbers...MDH data from 1/31-2/13

Average County Case Rate

For the 5 counties we draw 

the most students from

Number  of Positive Cases 

MNCS Staff & Students

# of Students & Staff in Quarantine 

27/10,000 (slight increase)

0

2

NEW UPDATES:

MN Vaccine Connector

  • Vaccine supplies are still limited to certain populations, but the Minnesota Department of Health is recommending all Minnesotans who have yet to be vaccinated sign up with their info on the MN Vaccine Connector website. This will let MDH contact you as soon as a vaccine is available.

Covid 19 Testing for students and families

  • The department of health and MDE are recommending that students who are attending school in person get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks for the remainder of the school year. We want to emphasize that students are not required to do routine testing in order to come to school. More information and local testing sites can be found here.

7-12 Hybrid Learning Update

  • We’re still working on a plan to get 7-12 students into school more than one day per week, unless they opt to continue in distance learning. Our building layout and transportation are limiting factors that we’re working through, and we expect to have an announcement later this week.

KEY REMINDERS:

Daily Health and Symptom Screening (MDH Infographic):

  • Please remember to continue daily health and symptom screening for students (and staff) before coming into the building. This is the number one way we can prevent a community outbreak and keep our students in schools.

  • Following quarantine requirements for close contacts and out of state travel is vital for us to continue in person learning. We understand it is inconvenient and appreciate the support. 

Covid Safety Practices in MNCS Buildings and Transportation (MDH Infographic):

  • Students and staff should practice some key behaviors when in MNCS buildings or on MNCS transportation. These include wearing face coverings properly, frequent handwashing and physical distancing.  

  • Let’s continue the good work to keep us all healthy and learning in person! 

Please let us know if you have any questions,


The MNCS Covid Coordinators Team

covid19@newcountryschool.com