November 11 - High School Learning Model Shift to Distance Learning Effective November 16
COVID has been creating change throughout our community and is once again impacting Milaca Public Schools directly. Due to staffing shortages as a result of positive cases and quarantines, and an increase in county case numbers, we will be shifting learning models.
On Monday, November 16, high school students (grades 7-12) will begin distance learning. Elementary staff will begin "staging" for a potential future shift to distance learning. This is continually being evaluated and monitored. Mr. Patnode will be sending additional information to high school families regarding the distance learning shift.
School Community Cases
Mille Lacs County continues to experience rising case numbers, which is impacting our staff and leaving us with significant staffing shortages. Although we have experienced a recent increase of cases in our school community (COVID-19 Dashboard), the increase has been from external sources. We have had a limited number of school related quarantines and have not identified any transmission from within. However, due to the increase in county cases and the staffing shortage, we will move into Phase 4 of the MDE/MDH Learning Model (distance learning for high school students and hybrid learning for elementary students). Our county cases per 10,000 have been above 50 for multiple weeks and we have been informed of significant increases in the future.
Activities and Community Education:
We will attempt to complete fall activities, while we monitor and collect more information about winter activities. Our current plan is for fall activities to continue with no indoor spectators and only essential workers for indoor activities once we start distance learning on November 16. This is in an effort to ensure the fall seasons can finish.
We are pausing winter activities and community education activities while awaiting more clarity and evaluating the situation. We are working on these items and hope to have more details soon. Please be patient as we work through this process so that we can deliver timely and accurate information.
Returning to School
We still have many unknowns ahead of us in the school year, but we do know decreasing the case numbers in our community is a major factor. Working together to decrease the spread of the virus will be crucial in bringing our children back. We can improve our chances of students returning to school by:
I appreciate everyone's patience. We will get through this together. Thank you for your support for Milaca Public Schools.
Dr. David Wedin
Superintendent Milaca Public Schools