Weekly Covid Update 3/16/21

Weekly Updates from the MNCS COVID Coordinators Team

3/16/21

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. 

It’s great to see more high school students back in the building today after the unexpected snow day yesterday. With two classrooms out for quarantine, it’s quiet at the elementary. MDH is continuing to see increasing case numbers around schools and sports, and growing instances of the b-117 variant are continuing to cause concern. We will continue to work closely with the Department of Health if any additional cases occur in either building. Thank you for continuing to monitor for symptoms, testing your children, and letting us know immediately about any COVID-19 situations as they arise: covid19@newcountryschool.com

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 (holding steady)

2

24

NEW UPDATES:

Grades 7-12 Schedule Update (Repeated from last week)

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.

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 ofWithout testing, the length of quarantine is 10 days. For quarantine purposes, day one is considered to be the day after you arrive home.