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K-W Families and Community:

As we finish out the academic year, Mrs. Belcher and I wanted to reach out and explain where we are at with our mitigation efforts and how our venues will look.  There have been some questions that have come up since Governor Walz gave his speech last week and update last night.  I hope this letter clarifies our current situation. 

In the past few weeks, we saw a bump in our positive cases, reaching 19 in the school district.  This resulted in 205 quarantines.   Currently we have 5 positive cases and 37 students quarantined, with most expected to return this week.  We encourage you to continue to check our website for further updates which can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard. 

Last night the Governor stated “our youngest Minnesotans remain ineligible for vaccines and eligibility for 12- to 15-year-olds was just announced this week. As a result, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year (last teacher contact day), masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus. 

Per the Executive Order we are required to stay in our current Safe Learning Plan until the last teacher contact day which is June 4th.  The only change to our school year plan is masks will no longer be required to be worn outdoors.  With many activities planned to close out the school year we want to emphasize that we will continue with all other mitigation efforts which includes:

  • Masking indoors
  • Excluding students and staff with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Quarantining those identified as close contacts
  • Requesting families to self-check for symptoms prior to attending school or other activities
  • Keeping students in their cohorts as much as possible to avoid unnecessary intermixing
  • Sanitizing high touch surfaces
  • Social distancing
  • Testing offered every other week

After June 4th we will be following the universal guidelines for all businesses and entities as released by MDH.   

Vaccine Clinic Option

Youth 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Goodhue County Health and Human Services is hosting a vaccine clinic at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School on May 27th from 2-6 p.m. Parents or Guardians can make an appointment for a youth ages 12 –17 or any adult/community member can make an appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine is free and insurance is not required.  For more information and to register visit https://www.co.goodhue.mn.us/1407/Register-for-Your-Vaccine  or call 651-385-2000.

Some important information to know:

-You will need to be available to return on June 17th for the second dose administration.

-This clinic is run by Goodhue County Health and Human Services and their personnel.  All registration and consent will take place through the GCHHS link, questions should be directed to them. 

-Because this clinic is run by GCHHS, our nurse will not be pulling your student out of class, your student will be responsible to report to the west gym at their scheduled appointment time. 

- K-W Schools is not requiring anyone to get the vaccine.

-This clinic is open to the public, so if you know of people who may be interested in receiving the vaccine, please forward this email to them.

 

We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented year.

Bryan Boysen, Superintendent/Elementary Principal

Amy Belcher, Covid Coordinator/Community Ed. Director

 

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