MNCS Weekly COVID 19 Update

Weekly Updates from the MNCS COVID Coordinators Team

3/8/21

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. 

Spring is in the air, COVID cases are still down from the early winter peak, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Carver County just announced they’re taking steps to mitigate an outbreak of the B177 variant. It’s important people continue to distance, mask, test if possible, and stay vigilant so we can continue to bring students into school for the remainder of the year.

By the Numbers...MDH data from 2/7-2/20/21

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 contact Quarantine 

24/10,000 (slight decrease)

0

0

NEW UPDATES:

Grades 7-12 Schedule Update 

Reminder for all families that grades 7-12 students in hybrid learning will be returning to school two days per week beginning 3/15/21. The groupings are as follows:

Monday-Tuesday Advisories: Anthony, Cory, Jake, Jenn, Carrie

Weds-Thurs Advisories: Paul, Nichole, Nick, Jim

Please contact your student’s advisor with any questions about the updated schedules.

Graduation Update

Our 2021 graduation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd at 1pm. Last week MDE informed us they are working on updated plans for safely holding ceremonies. We intend to have a ceremony as scheduled, but until we get further guidance from MDE we do not have any specific details available.

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 19 Testing for students and families (MDH Family Testing Link)

  • 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. 

Out of state travel quarantine requirements

  • If students travel out of state, there is a requirement to quarantine on their return. Quarantine can be 7 days, if tested on or after day 5 and the test is negative. Without testing, the length of quarantine is 10 days. For quarantine purposes, day one is considered to be the day after you arrive home.

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

WHEN TO STAY HOME - COVID SYSTEM POSTER