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11/12/2020: Note from the District Office

 

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?" 

The answer to this question is very dependent on the numbers in our county, community and our school district.  At this time, we are aiming for Distance Learning to continue through the Thanksgiving holiday break, with a possible return to In-person Learning on Monday, November 30th.  This is dependent on the conditions with COVID numbers and the recommendation of OTC Public Health, and our Regional Support Team.

New York Mills is exploring a logical progression toward bringing students back to In-person Learning as soon as possible.  In doing so, it makes sense to use the Thanksgiving holiday as a "pivot point" if possible.  Unlike last spring our building remains open and we continue to serve our children in the best manner possible.

In a meeting with Public Health and MDH yesterday, they identified that our case rate per day is three times what it was two weeks ago.  They expect it to double from last week to this week, and are predicting it will triple from today in the next two weeks.  Yesterday, OTC reported 111 new cases.   In our school we have had 8 staff and 16 students test positive for COVID.  We currently have 23 staff out for either a positive COVID test, quarantine, or exclusion.  To date, our school has seen 51 staff members and over 380 students out due to COVID related conditions.  

 

We continue to make decisions with the best available information, based upon the guidance of Public Health and the MDH Regional Support team.  As unsettling as this is for all of us, please know that we are in this together and we continue to work to serve our students and the families of our District #553 to the greatest extent possible.

 

Be Well, Everyone!

 

Blaine Novak

Superintendent