The New York Mills Public School (K-12) will remain in Distance Learning throughout December. We recognize that the decision to remain in Distance Learning is a hardship for parents and students and we want to be transparent with all the factors that came in to this difficult decision. Click the headline to read the full letter.
As we wind down our second week of Distance Learning at the High School and begin our Distance Learning in the Elementary, I have been asked by several people, "When are we coming back from Distance Learning?" CLICK ON TITLE FOR MORE INFORMATION
The New York Mills Elementary School is currently experiencing a high rate of staff quarantines due to Covid exposure. After consultation with Otter Tail County Public Health, it has been decided that the NY Mills Elementary School will be transitioning to Distance Learning, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11. This is not due to student-to-student transmission, but rather community exposure among our staff. The transition will include staff planning days, with distance learning beginning for Pre-K through 6th grade starting Monday, Nov. 16. Click the headline for detailed information on the calendar for the next week of school:
Due to a positive Covid 19 case within the New York Mills High School, the NY Mills High School (7th-12th) will be moving to our Distance Learning Model immediately. The contact tracing has been completed and this most recent case affects more than 5 percent of high school students, as well as 7 staff members. For this reason, after consultation with Otter Tail County Public Health and the Regional Support Team at LCSC, the District Covid Response Team has decided to move the high school (Grades 7 - 12) to Distance Learning. To prepare for this change, school has been cancelled for New York Mills High School students (7-12) for Monday, Nov. 2. Distance Learning for students in grades 7th-12th will start Tuesday, Nov. 3 and go through Nov. 13, at a minimum. The District Covid Response Team will re-evaluate this model every two weeks. Students in grades PreK-6th will be in session as normal. At this time, the Regional Support Team has recommended that NY Mills Elementary School continues with In Person Learning as long as student transmission remains low. Lunches will continue to be available free for all students on a pick-up basis at the K-12 Commons doors.
On Monday, Oct. 19, the New York Mills Public School has been notified that we have our second Positive COVID lab confirmed case concerning a person in the high school. This second case is not associated to the first known case that we communicated about last week. Contact tracing is complete and all individuals who must quarantine have been notified. New York Mills Public School continues to work with Otter Tail County Public Health and the Regional Response Team at LCSC to determine our learning model in the days ahead. Our COVID Response Team is engaged about the district's needs and we will continue to communicate any learning model changes in the future. As of today, we will stay In Person Learning for PreK-12th grade.