Health & Safety
Sent to all district families on December 1, 2021
RE: Pandemic Response Update - Standard School Schedule
When November 22 and 23 were changed to no school days for students, a part of the communication alluded to a possible ‘step two’. This possible step two would be a proactive response to ongoing and increasing staffing challenges, and part of the effort is to continue to provide as much in-person learning for our students as possible between now and winter break. Step two would be a move from a typical five day school week for students to a four day school week. The four day week would see one day per week of no school for students in each of our elementary and middle schools. At the High School, the four day rotation would see a day in which there would be no school for students in grades 9 and 10 , and then another day in which there would be no school for students in grades 11 and 12.
At this point, we are not yet moving to step two. We are planning to continue with a five day week of in-person school for all students next week, the week beginning Monday, December 6.
We are sharing this information to keep our staff, students and families informed. We are still monitoring our staffing and operational challenges very closely, and it is possible we could make a move to a four day rotation prior to winter break. We continue to plan for such a possibility, while also hoping such a move will not be necessary.
Note: Should the district make a shift to a four day rotation, Pearson Early Learning Center, Tokata Learning Center and Shakopee Online school schedules would continue unchanged and remain in session five days a week.
We continue to seek to maintain an appropriate balance between the health and safety of our students, staff and community AND provide the best learning opportunities possible for our students. Additional mitigation efforts continue to be explored in response to the pandemic. The district’s Pandemic Response Advisory Team (PRAT) continues to meet weekly, and the district is in regular consultation with the Scott County Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We continue to monitor COVID-19 case rates in the County and inside the district. Please see the district website for information on these case rates.
We also continue to employ health and safety mitigation recommendations from MDH and the Minnesota Department of Education. Due to the current County COVID-19 case rates, face masks continue to be a requirement for all persons ages 3 and older inside our school buildings, at all times (including adults).
An updated health and safety resolution was passed during the November 22, 2021 school board meeting that includes changes that will take effect January 3, 2022. This resolution replaces previous resolutions approved by the School Board on August 23, 2021 and September 27, 2021. In short, the resolution aligns all E-12 mask rules starting January 3rd given the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11. A summary of the resolution can be found below.
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