|March 13, 2020 - COVID-19 Events/Activities Cancellations|
March 13, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
Many people have questions about the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus called COVID-19, specifically how it may affect schools. We are writing to assure you that district and school leaders are reviewing emergency management plans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We want our staff and families to know that we are in regular communication with the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the MN Department of Education (MDE).
At this time, MDH/MDE are not recommending that we close our school, especially since no one in our school community has a confirmed case of COVID-19. We continue to do our due diligence in keeping our students and staff safe. These preparations include:
MDH/MDE is recommending that we consider practicing social distancing in the schools. Realizing this is challenging in a school setting, we have assessed our upcoming gatherings and events and have decided to make the following changes:
To reduce the risk of exposure to our students and staff we are not allowing any non-essential visitors into the building. That said, only district personnel (those on payroll and contracted partners) are permitted inside the schools. Visitors and volunteers will not be admitted into the schools. Student drop off and pick up procedures will remain the same.
MDH/MDE are leading weekly conference calls providing updates and guidance on the situation as it pertains to Minnesota schools. We will continue to follow their guidance at Milaca Public Schools and will update families and staff as new information becomes available. If you have questions about infectious diseases, call the MN Department of Health at 651-201-5414. For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the MN Department of Health website at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Superintendent of Schools