10-22-2020 Message to Families

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.

Wright County Public Health recently sent an update on the case rate data for Wright County. Wright County’s current case rate for September 27 through October 10 is 30.58.

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

8/2-8/15

8/9-8/22

8/16-8/29

8/23-9/5

8/30-9/12

9/6- 9/19

9/13-9/26

9/20-10/3

9/27-10/10

3.77

3.09

4.44

6.86

10.25

13.18

12.96

12.05

11.83

13.26

16.42

20.26

19.89

12.96

12.51

19.74

24.03

30.58

In a superintendent meeting today with our Regional COVID-19 Support Team and Wright County Public Health, we were reminded of the steps and guidelines to follow in switching learning models as outlined in the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021. MN Department of Education (MDE) Commissioner Ricker also referenced these steps and guidelines in her weekly superintendent conference call today.

Once a base learning model is determined for the start of the year, page eight of the Safe Learning Plan states, “After the initial selection of a learning model for school opening, the decision to shift to an alternative learning model should center on the impact of COVID-19 at the school level, while maintaining awareness of changes in viral activity in the community through continued review of the biweekly county-level case data.”

While there is community spread as our case rate numbers indicate, the impact on the school community in terms of confirmed cases among students and staff is relatively small. Since the start of the school year to date, we have had just 10 confirmed student cases of COVID. Thus, the percentage of positive student cases in totality since September 8 is .15%. This is truly remarkable and is a strong testament to our amazing staff members who far exceed expectations in keeping themselves and our students safe and healthy. For staff, the percentage of positive cases is four, or .47%.  

For now, we will continue with our current learning models. We will continue to closely monitor the case rate numbers in our schools, district, community, and Wright County. Likewise, we will continue to collaborate with MDE, MN Department of Health (MDH), our Regional COVID-19 Support Team, and Wright County Public Health.

Please see the STMA COVID-19 Dashboard for the number of COVID-19 cases for our students and staff. This is also on the COVID-19 webpage and is updated as cases are reported.

PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR STUDENTS IN SCHOOL

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.

Please remain vigilant. Our students need to be in school and we can’t keep them in school without your help. We are in this together but cannot do it alone. Please do your part to slow the spread of this virus. Thanks for your continued support, partnership, and vigilance. Take care and be safe.

Respectfully, 

Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault

STMA Superintendent