09-25-2020 Message to Parents

Dear STMA Parents/Guardians: 

I hope you and your children are doing well.

The purpose of this email is to update you on COVID-19 case rates and explain how this impacts our learning models. We are also asking for your help in remaining vigilant.

CASE RATE AND LEARNING MODEL UPDATE

In determining the most appropriate and safest learning model for students and staff, a comprehensive review of multiple pieces of data is used to guide our decision making. Districts must also follow guidelines from MN Department of Health (MDH) and MN Department of Education (MDE). The Commissioner of Education has statutory authority to order a change in learning model if MDH determines a shift in learning model is necessary.

 

Weekly county case rates are one piece of data in determining the learning model for each level. While we used a single data point in August to determine our base learning model to start the school year, now that school is in session there are many more factors to consider in shifting learning models. In examining data from September 10, 17, and 24, case rates for Wright County have decreased. Likewise, local epidemiological data indicates a decrease in cases for St. Michael and Albertville (see page two of the FAQ for specific data). Further, there have been no outbreaks in our schools.

Therefore, in close collaboration with MDH, MDE, and Wright County Public Health, we will continue with our current learning models at this time.

Please note we would not shift our learning model without three weeks of increased COVID-19 rates above the state’s recommended threshold, specific cases within a particular school/classroom/learning pod that may warrant a change, or unique circumstances such as limited staff. We strongly encourage families to have a plan should a shift in learning models be necessary.

PLEASE REMAIN VIGILANT

We all want to keep our students 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.

  • Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water, cover your cough, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Frequently clean all commonly touched surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, countertops).

  • If you are sick, stay home.

RESOURCES

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. The FAQ on the COVID page is updated regularly. 

We truly are in this together. It will take ALL of us working together as a team to keep our students in school and continue our strong tradition of excellence. Thanks for your continued support, partnership, and vigilance. Take care and be safe.

Respectfully, 

Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault

STMA Superintendent