COVID-19 Updates & Guidance

COVID-19 Updates & Guidance
Posted on 11/25/2020
COVID-19 Updates & Guidance
UPDATE
Montevideo Schools will move to distance learning for grades K-12.  On Monday, November 30, there will be NO classes. This will be a planning day for our staff as they prepare for the change to distance learning. Distance learning will begin on Tuesday, December 1, and will continue up to the Christmas break on December 18.  During the last week of December, we will announce the plans for January’s return to school.
The decision to go to distance learning was based upon the rapidly rising number of active positive COVID cases in Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties. Also, those increased numbers are having a significant impact on our school system and the ability to provide adequate staffing.  It is noteworthy that most of the districts within our area have found it necessary to move into a distance learning model.
This continues to be a challenging time for everyone and we appreciate your understanding and support as we work though the decision making process and the changes between instructional models.  We encourage everyone to take the steps necessary to insure the safety of all as we work towards an eventual return to an in-person instructional model.
School Lunch information:  During Distance Learning, FREE meals (including both breakfast and lunch items) for any child age 18 and younger are available each school day Monday-Friday between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Ramsey Elementary School (501 Hamilton Ave.) and Montevideo Middle School (2001 William Ave.) Parents/guardians or students may pick up meals at either site.
Thank you and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
REMINDERS & RESOURCES
Here are a few reminders on what you should do to help slow the spread and decrease your chances of exposure and contracting the virus: -Wash your hands often -Wear a mask (cover your mouth and nose) -Avoid close contact (keep 6 feet distance from others) -Cover your coughs and sneezes -Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces -Check your health and for signs of illness each day. If you have any of these symptoms, stay home or go home, stay away from other people and contact your school to report your illness and symptoms you are experiencing. [ ] Feeling feverish or fever greater than or equal to 100.4F [ ] Chills [ ] New onset of cough or worsening cough [ ] Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing [ ] Sore throat [ ] Muscle aches [ ] New onset of severe headache [ ] Loss of smell or taste [ ] Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting [ ] New onset of runny nose or congestion [ ] Excessive fatigue Montevideo High School 320-269-6446
Montevideo Middle School 320-269-6431
Ramsey Elementary School 320-269-6584
Sanford Education Center 320-269-6538
Refer to the following resources and sites for more information and guidance on COVID-19:
Guidelines for Families (English & Spanish)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aPbvUwbGoWyEOOF5Inotykfdq13PE8yE/view?usp=sharing
Decision Tree (English)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xcNhZNKtGr1am10vxHvdo1-arP5gQbJJ/view?usp=sharing
Decision Tree (Spanish)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Tr74TavLs9k99vTAqS6yxvpgB8cA6okv/view?usp=sharing
MN Department of Health
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
Countryside Public Health
https://www.countrysidepublichealth.org/covid-19-information
CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Minnesota Helpline: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Countryside Public Health: 1-800-657-3291
Contact District School Nurse Kaylie Amborn for guidance on symptoms, seeking testing or to report if you have gone in for testing.
Email: kamborn@montevideoschools.org
Telephone: 320-269-6431, Ext. 2161