08-21-2020 Message to Families

Dear STMA Parents/Guardians:

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

The purpose of this communication is to update you on our learning model for the upcoming school year and to ask for your help.

LEARNING MODEL UPDATE

In making the learning model determination, districts must use MN Department of Health (MDH) learning model selection parameters and bi-weekly county-level case rate data.

Learning Model Parameters

Number of cases per 10,000 over 14 days, by county of residence

Learning Model Recommended

0-9

In-person learning for all students

10-19

In-person learning for early childhood and elementary students; hybrid learning for secondary students

20-29

Hybrid learning for all students

30-49

Hybrid learning for early childhood and elementary students; distance learning for secondary students

50+

Distance learning for all students

 

Wright County 14-day Case Rate Per 10,000 People

Wright County 14-day Case Rate Per 10,000 People

5/31 - 6/13

6/7 - 6/20

6/14 - 6/27

6/21 - 7/4

6/28 - 7/11

7/5 - 7/18

7/12-7/25

7/19-8/1

7/26-8/8

3.77

3.09

4.44

6.86

10.25

13.18

12.88

11.9

11.53

Since the last communication to families on August 12, additional case rate data has been published. Based on this new data, the learning model communicated to you on August 12 remains the same with in-person learning for students in grades preschool through four (scenario 1) and hybrid learning for students in grades 5-12 (scenario 2).

However, per the state’s Safe Learning Plan, districts must consult with health officials to examine the local epidemiology behind county-level data. In consulting with health officials from Wright County Public Health and MN Department of Health (MDH), we have learned that cases in the communities of St. Michael and Albertville are increasing. If they continue to increase, MDH and the MN Department of Education (MDE) have the authority to change our learning model to a more restrictive model such as distance learning.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

We all want our students back in school. However, the health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority. Please help us keep our students in school by minimizing the spread of illness by taking the following actions:

  •     Wear a face covering when outside your home
  •     Maintain at least 6 ft of distance from persons not in your household, when      possible.
  •     Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water; cover your cough; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  •     If you are sick, stay home.
  •     Frequently clean all commonly touched work surfaces, work areas, and equipment (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, lunch areas, countertops, copiers, etc.).

We will continue to provide you with additional information as it becomes available. The most up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the District’s website, which includes survey results, frequently asked questions, all current and past district-wide communications to families, helpful resources, and more. The FAQ on the COVID page is updated daily.

To review statewide COVID-19 data, visit the COVID-19 Statewide Dashboard. To review data specific to Wright County, visit the Wright County COVID-19 Data.

For specific learning information, please contact your child’s principal.

Finally, thank you for your patience, grace, and trust as we navigate these very challenging times. Our team remains deeply committed to our strong tradition of excellence and are ready for the upcoming school year. Take care and be safe.

Respectfully, 

Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault

STMA Superintendent