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Our county case number went up this week to 110.48 (cases per 10,000 people) per the Data for K-12 schools, 14 day COVID case rate. Our numbers within our school also went up (see dashboard above). Reminder: we will be on full distance learning for all grades PreK-12 starting November 30 and until December 11.
Our county case number went up this week to 81.62 (cases per 10,000 people) per the Data for K-12 schools, 14 day COVID case rate. Our numbers within our school also went up slightly. Last week, between staff and students, we had two positive cases and 68 on quarantine. This week, JCC only has 1 positive case but we have over 114 on quarantine (staff and students). Because of this and after consulting with our nurse and public health and upon recommendations from MDE and MDH, JCC will move to full distance learning for all grades PreK-12 starting November 30, 2020 and until December 11, 2020.
Tomorrow, Friday (11/20), will be our last day of in person school. Do not attend if you are sick, on quarantine or have been directly exposed. If you are on quarantine, ill or have been directly exposed, please call the school to arrange a pick up time for any materials.
If any A day students need to come in to bring home materials, they can come in on Monday, (11/23) between 8am to 3pm. If you have a problem getting your material, please contact the school.
HS School retake day has been postponed to January 20 and 21.
Students will have NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK 11/23-11/27. Full time distance learning will begin Monday, 11/30, and continue until Friday, 12/11. JCC will reevaluate numbers and update if we can return to school or if we need to extend this.
If you need daycare for your school aged children, please contact Darci.Thurmer@jccschools.net at Kids Club to see if you qualify.
The Riverside cheesecake fundraiser will still take place. Information will be sent to parents about order and pick ups.
FFA fruit pickup will continue to take place. Those involved have been given the info.
HS School retake day has been postponed to January 20 and 21.
Information about food service and meal pick up will be coming. Pick-up will be Tuesday and Fridays from 11:30am-12:30pm at the High School Door 7 and Pleasantview north parking lot. There will not be pickup Friday, 11/27. Please fill out the survey:
Please wear your mask and avoid social gatherings and encourage others to do the same.
Our county case number this week went up slightly to 46.78 (cases per 10,000 people) per the Data for K-12 schools, 14 day COVID case rate. If you have any COVID updates or concerns (test results, family testing, quarantine protocols, isolation protocols), please communicate with our school nurse Alyssa.firstname.lastname@example.org or 507 847 6658 (leave a message), even on any day off of school and over the weekends. With our community numbers this high, it is important to continue to follow protocol within our schools to keep our school numbers low. Thank you for your diligence with this so that we can remain in school.
FRESHMAN will come back in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will still be a distant learning day. All A and B freshman will have in person learning every day (except Wednesday) starting Monday, November 16, 2020. Any freshman currently doing full distance learning that would like to switch to the in person model must contact the school before Monday (507 847 5310) or we will assume that you will remain in the full distance model. Again, all A and B freshman students will attend in person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
We will continue to monitor the numbers and if we have to switch to a different, more restricted learning model, in a sudden fashion, parents will be alerted by instant message.
This week our number of county cases went up to 42.8 (cases per 10,000 people) per the Data for K-12 schools, 14 day COVID case rate. If the numbers go higher, along with the numbers on our dashboard above (regarding how these numbers are directly affecting our schools), it could have an effect on our operational models. Any change in learning plans will be announced on this website, instant alert and social media.
This week our number of county cases went up to 38.82 (cases per 10,000 people) per the Data for K-12 schools, 14 day COVID case rate. This rate is published every Thursday and the school evaluates this together with recommendations from MDH, MDE and local public health. Although our number is higher than last week, our numbers within the school (students and staff) remains LOW. We will continue our current model of learning. There are no changes at this time.
Weekly, we evaluate current COVID positive cases, cases in the school, the look back period number (this week is 22.89) and areas (regions) of the infections in the county along with MDH and MDE guidelines. Due to the recent decreased numbers of positive COVID cases in our county, and the number of those cases within the school realms remaining low, we are bringing more students back into our buildings next week. We will still follow the protocols of masks and social (6’) distancing. We feel we can still assure the safety of students and staff with these additional students in the buildings.
SENIORS will come back in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will still be a distant learning day. All A and B seniors will have in person learning every day (except Wednesday) starting Monday, October 26, 2020.
In addition to their current schedule, the middle school will be bringing the entire 8th grade class in to school for Wednesdays starting Wednesday, October 28. Please note, 8th grade A students will attend Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in person and Thursdays and Fridays will be distance days. 8th grade B students will attend in person on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and distance learn on Mondays and Tuesdays.
If you are a full time distance learner and would like to come back in the hybrid model, please contact your school before Monday, October 26. If you do not contact the school, we will assume you are continuing with full time distance learning.
HYBRID MODEL as of 10/28/2020:
PreK-6th grade: in person M, T, W, TH, F (no change - this is what you've been doing)
7th grade:in person M, T, TH, F; distance W (no change - this is what you've been doing)
8th grade: A pod: in person M, T, W; distance TH, F
B pod: in person W, H, F; distance M, T
9th-11th grades: A pod: in person M, T; distance W, TH, F
B pod: in person TH, F; distance M, T, W (no change - this is what you've been doing)
12th grade: in person M, T, TH, F; distance W
These numbers are evaluated EVERY WEEK along with consulting local and state agencies. The JCC school district follows and implements all COVID guidelines as recommended from MDH and MSHSL. All protocols are processes are directly followed by the guidance we receive. JCC does not establish, or control their own contact tracing, quarantine decision and school and event restrictions. The community’s actions and choices directly affect the impact of decisions schools make related to learning models and events. If we do have an increase in positive COVID cases, we will have to change our learning models and activities, per the guidance of MDH, CDC and MSHSL to keep the staff, students and community safe.
The Jackson County COVID numbers have DECREASED and we are at 24.88 cases (per 10,000 residents). We are in the correct learning model and no changes will be made at this time. Enjoy this MEA break, keep wearing your mask, continue to physical distance and make smart choices on gatherings.
The Jackson County COVID numbers have risen again and we are at 41.8. Due to the low impact this currently has in our school district, we are able to remain where we are for our learning models. We will not be making a change in our learning model at this time. Keep wearing your mask, socially distancing and making smart choices on gatherings.
As of 10/01/2020 MDH released the Data for K-12 schools, 14 day COVID case rate; Jackson county is 39.81. This is the largest number we have seen in our county. Working with the regional support team, MDH, MDE, and local public health, we do not need to change our learning modules this week due to the low numbers of positive COVID cases in our school district. We are gradually switching to the hybrid model in all grades so we can prevent any further cases.
Please refer to the MDH situational website, for further information on Confirmed COVID cases related to the Minnesota schools. The school-related data will reflect confirmed COVID-19 cases in all Minnesota prekindergarten through grade 12 school buildings including public, nonpublic and tribal schools. School districts are required to adhere to the requirements of MDE and MDH, regardless of whether those requirements are worded as” guidance” or “recommended.”
As detailed on our reopening plan, the hybrid model requires six feet of distance between the students during the school day. This is something the school is finalizing and will not be an adjustment to the current learning day for parents or students.
Transportation would change in the hybrid model.
When we officially change to hybrid, the bus company will adjust the number of students on the buses to and from school. Shuttle buses to and from buildings will not be affected. Rural routes will be adjusted. Students who live within 1 mile of their school will need to find their own transportation to and from school (aside from enrolled children in licensed daycares). An announcement will be made when we switch to this mode.
If our trend data increases to 40 or above, we will be looking at switching modules to distant learning for grades 7-12. PreK-6 will continue to be the hybrid module. We will take into consideration the current active numbers in each building.
If grades 7-12 go to distance learning, this will change our activities schedule. Please click on this link to review: guidelines on our website from the Minnesota State High School League.
Below are segments from the Emergency Executive Order 20-82 to further clarify why our School District is required to adhere to the requirements of MDE and MDH, regardless of whether those requirements are worded as "guidance" or "recommended".
1. Districts and charter schools must comply with Public Health Guidelines, applicable MDE guidance, and this Executive Order
a. With student and school staff safety as the priority, the Commissioner and I, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, have concluded that a school district or charter school must adhere to parameters set fo1th in the "Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21" ("Safe Learning Plan") in implementing the three instructional models. Circumstances may require turning the dial backward (less in-school instruction) or allow for turning the dial forward (more in-school instruction). \While reopening school buildings for in-person instruction is our ultimate goal, and we recognize that many children and families have experienced additional economic hardships, social isolation, and other stressors through distance learning, the main priority must continue to be health, safety. and the wellness of our students, staff and community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our school districts and charter schools must continue to collaborate closely with MDE, MDH, and local public health authorities.
b. The Commissioner, in collaboration with the Commissioner of Health, continues to retain the authority to close schools. charter schools, and school districts or to curtail school activities. However, this Executive Order also gives local school districts and charter schools the ability to dial back or dial forward activities consistent with the latest data, guidance, and parameters set forth in the Safe Learning Plan. Our state agencies, along with local and regional partners, will provide our local education agencies the proper guidance and parameters to support them in making these important detenninations for their communities. In collaboration with community partners. educators, families, and students, a school district or cha1ter school may choose to be more restrictive than what is recommended by the most up-to-date parameters set forth in the Safe Learning Plan. We will also ensure that distance learning continues to be a widespread option for families concerned about in-person learning, and this option must meet the needs of all students who choose it.
c. Under Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.21, subdivision 3(11), the Governor may authorize the Commissioner "to alter school schedules. curtail school activities, or order schools closed." Pursuant to subdivision 3(1) of that same section. the Governor may "make. amend, and rescind the necessary orders and rules to carry out the provisions" of Minnesota Statutes 2019, Chapter 12. When approved by the Executive Council and filed in the Office of the Secretary of State, such orders and rules have the force and effect of law during the pendency of a peacetime emergency. Any inconsistent rules or ordinances of any agency or political subdivision of the State are suspended during the pendency of the emergency.
2. For these reasons, I order as follows:
a. Previous COVID-19 Executive Orders related to the Commissioner of Education remain in effect except as modified or superseded by this Executive Order.
b. This Executive Order applies to all schools as set forth in Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.21, subdivision 3(11). I continue to encourage tribal and nonpublic schools to fulfill the spirit and directives of this Executive Order.
c. Nothing in this Executive Order should be construed to encourage or require Minnesotans in categories at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to act inconsistently with public health recommendations or the advice of their doctors. All Minnesotans should continue to regularly check and follow the advice on MDH's COVID-19 website https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/
d. To begin the 2020-21 school year, school districts (''districts") and charter schools must implement an appropriate instructional model that adheres to parameters set fo1th in the Safe Learning Plan. The initial determination of which instructional model a district or charter school implements to stmt the 2020-21 school year must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of their respective school year calendar. I direct MDH to update the Safe Learning Plan as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 environment. Pursuant to MDE and MDH guidance, all districts and charter schools must offer a distance learning model that meets the educational needs of all students of families who choose not to receive in-person instruction.
e. Consistent with MDH guidance and in consultation with local public health officials, MDH, and MDE to the extent possible, a district or charter school may dial back to an instructional model that is more restrictive than what is required under the Safe Learning Plan if the district or charter school determines that dialing back is necessary for a school building or particular grades of instruction. Such actions must be consistent with guidance outlined in paragraph 8. If a district or charter school chooses to dial back to a more restrictive instructional model than what is required by the Safe Learning Plan, it must notify the Commissioner within 24 hours of implementing the more restrictive instructional model.
f. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 12.21, subdivision 3(11), the Commissioner is authorized to order a district or charter school to dial back to a more restrictive instructional model if the Commissioner, in consultation with MDH and the district or school, determines the instructional model being utilized by the district or charter school is no longer appropriate pursuant to the Safe Learning Plan.
The Jackson County Central administrative team works tirelessly each day to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. We are bound by the MDE and MDH and MSHSL requirements, the Governor's Executive Order, and Public Health recommendations. MDE is aggressively working with school districts that are not in compliance with MDH policies for learning scenarios. Furthermore, disregarding public health recommendations and violating orders can result in criminal and civil liability.
We are guided by our county COVID-19 Counts found at this link: Data for K-12 Schools:14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County
As of September 24, our numbers of active COVID-19 cases in the community went up. At the number they are at (16.92), we are in the corresponding learning model of yellow (what we have been doing). We can all make a difference to help keep that number down.
Please review these links:
As we evaluate our COVID-19 numbers in our communities, we are planning to bring 7th grade back Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday schedule (Wednesday will still be distance learning for 7-12) starting Monday, September 14. If our numbers continue downward, we will consider adding more grades at the high school level on the green schedule. For now, grades 8-12 will remain in the blended model of A and B scheduling. We are being proactive in our current models so we don't have to continually transition between models for students and parents. We feel confident at this time that 7th grade can return while still maintaining the six foot distance in classrooms.
This is not an easy decision. We need to do what is best for students while making sure we keep our staff safe. We had COVID-19 incidences in our building this past week. We will continue to monitor and communicate as needed.
Please remember to practice social distancing and mask wearing not only at school but also out of school. We want our numbers to continue to go down and our communities to stay healthy.
The Minnesota Department of Health recently released a COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs.
COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families (PDF)
Guide for parents and families to understand when children can attend school, youth programs, and child care during COVID-19.
Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms (PDF)
Home screening tool for parents and guardians related to COVID-19.
Additional School Resources:
Materials and Resources for COVID-19 Response
Videos, print materials (includes school-specific posters), and translated documents to assist with responding to COVID-19.