​​​​​​Greetings Milaca Public School Community,

Thank you for everyone's patience, understanding, and support at this start of the school year. The start of the year has been different, but we have had a great first week and a half. This is a compliment to our staff, students, and community. I truly appreciate the help and support the community and families have provided as we continue through this exciting start of the year. Thank You. 

The purpose of this letter is to update our school community about the COVID-19 case rates in Mille Lacs County and how this may impact our students and families. Earlier today the Minnesota Department of Health released updated case rate data. The case rate for Mille Lacs County increased from 7.77 last week to 13.6 cases per 10,000 people this week. 

Per guidelines established by Governor Walz, a county case rate of 13.6 indicates a hybrid learning model for high school students (grades 7-12). However, based on consultation with our Regional Support Team (RST), that includes members from MN Department of Health (MDH), MN Department of Education (MDE), and Mille Lacs County Public Health, it was recommended we go into the "staging area" for a potential move to hybrid for our high school students in grades 7-12. We will continue with our current learning model at this time, but please continue reading about a potential future shift in the learning model for students in grades 7-12.

Another factor in determining our learning model is the number of positive cases within our school community (staff and students). At this time, we do not have any confirmed cases within our school community. We will continue to monitor the school community and if a unique circumstance presents itself, it will be considered as we evaluate future learning models. 

Based on current county cases, with no confirmed cases within our school community, the Regional Support Team and Mille Lacs County Public Health has recommended we begin “staging” for a change in learning models. This means we will prepare to tentatively go to a hybrid learning model for our high school students (grades 7-12) that may start on September 28. This tentative shift of learning models will be based on data released by MDH/MDE on September 24 and their future projections for October 1. At this time a potential shift in our learning model would not impact our elementary school’s learning model. 

MDE/MDH has directed school districts to use multiple data points when deciding to change learning models to avoid a "light switch" approach of turning learning models on and off. Staging allows us to prepare for a shift in learning models due to an increase in positive COVID-19 county cases. While staging, we will evaluate future data in addition to current data, to avoid making a premature learning model change and miss out on an opportunity to maximize our time with students in person. This also allows families, students, and staff time to prepare for a potential switch. We strongly encourage families to have a plan should a shift in learning models be necessary.

Important Dates:
  • September 17: Families provided notice about a potential change to a hybrid learning model in the high school for students grades 7-12.
  • September 24: Families will be contacted if a learning model shift will occur for high school students in grades 7-12.
  • September 28: Hybrid learning model for students in grades 7-12. This would only begin if the Mille Lacs County COVID-19 case numbers determine that a learning model shift is needed. 
If there is a shift to a hybrid learning model, students in grades 7-12 could return to an in-person learning model when multiple data points indicate it is safe to do so in accordance with the Stay Safe MN Plan. Please review the MDH links provided for information on preventing the spread of COVID-19, home screening for COVID-19 symptoms, and an attendance guide. 

Milaca Public Schools understands that a change is difficult for families in our community. However, we must balance the safety of our students and staff with the governor’s mandates. 

Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding. 

Go Wolves!

Dr. David Wedin
Superintendent 
Milaca Public School
320-982-7191
david.wedin@milaca.k12.mn.us


Reference: 
Milaca Public Schools’ Process for Determining and Transitions of Learning Model Phases

Minnesota Department of Health Links:


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