On the Sept. 27 common assembly of the McGregor Faculty Board, Brea Hamdorf of Aitkin County Public Well being introduced the COVID-19 matrix, which was developed with assist from McGregor’s superintendent and faculty nurse.
“If you recall, last year we were in a state of emergency order that allowed us to implement mask mandates,” Hamdorf defined. “We no longer have that, so it’s really up to families to determine whether masks will be mandated.”
In June, the county had 11 COVID-19 circumstances. In July there have been 18 circumstances, August 92 circumstances and September as much as 116 circumstances, Hamdorf defined.
The suggestions on the matrix apply solely to college students, not workers (who’re all vaccinated).
“Public health was really adamant on including both symptomatic and COVID-19-positive cases. Logical decisions were made about what is happening in schools and what we can do to prevent spread of respiratory illnesses in the schools, as we developed this matrix,” Hamdorf stated. The subsequent logical steps embody social distancing, elevated air flow and quarantining shut contacts for a interval.
Together with symptomatic college students will assist preserve college students with different contagious respiratory sicknesses at residence as properly.
In response to a query from the board, Hamdorf stated that 99% of the circumstances on the state stage are at the moment regarded as the Delta variant of the COVID-19. These determinations are made on the state stage, however the testing is at the moment a number of weeks behind.
“If it is a PCR test like what is done at Riverwood, the test is very accurate,” she stated.
“The county government (county board) will not approve a county-wide mask mandate,” added Hamdorf, however public well being does suggest masking presently, in step with CDC suggestions.
In Aitkin County as an entire, group transmission stage is at the moment “high.” Eight college youngsters within the county examined optimistic final week, with two of these being within the McGregor district. Something over 100 circumstances for 100,000 inhabitants in a seven-day interval is taken into account to be excessive. That may be 16 individuals for Aitkin County.
The present seven-day case fee per 100,000 inhabitants is 264. That is 42 circumstances for Aitkin County. The 14-day case fee per 10,000 inhabitants is 44.84 for functions of evaluating with final yr.
Superintendent Brad Johnson introduced the 2 charts, the primary primarily based on low, med, substantial and excessive transmission ranges. Proper now the county is within the excessive class. Zero to 37 college students is in yellow; as much as 10%, go to orange (social distance at lunch), quarantine shut contacts of positives, screening guests, masks really useful and masks required in buses.
If greater than 15% or 75 college students within the McGregor Faculty constructing have signs or take a look at optimistic, the entire college would go to distance studying, Johnson defined.
There’s a second chart primarily based on the variety of circumstances in a classroom as a substitute. That may enable a grade stage to go to distance studying with out together with the whole college physique.
Hamdorf defined that finest follow for family contacts is for them to quarantine collectively for 14 days after final contact, or 24 days complete. For family contacts, their interval of isolation begins when the primary optimistic member of the family finishes their quarantine interval.
Board members estimated that proper now between 5 and 15% of scholars are sporting masks at school.
“If anyone is symptomatic they should stay home and get tested. Lesser, common and more common symptoms are all listed on the matrix,” stated Hamdorf.
At the moment, the undertaking additions are in progress; footings are full together with block partitions sub-grade. Subsequent, the contractors will transfer on to Part 2. Past that, they’re focusing on having all the things as much as, however not together with, the roof metal by mid November.
“When the spring thaw arrives, it will be pedal to the metal so that the classrooms are available for use by the start of classes next fall,” stated Brian Lonquist of Nexus Options.
“Twice last week excavators hit an electrical line underground. The first was an unmarked line, but two days following that they hit a brand new main line to the building. No one was injured but it was replaced within one day so that everything was up and running again,” Lonquist stated. “That second incident will be the responsibility of the contractor.”
Lonquist concluded with a report on an surprising discovery of contaminated soil from an outdated bus refueling station that needed to be eliminated and decontaminate by hauling to a disposal web site. It’ll price within the vary of $3,500-4,000 to mitigate with clear fill. “This was an unforeseen, discovered situation that could not be predicted,” he stated.
Board members agreed unanimously to set the 2021-2022 levy on the most stage, in case they’re able to modify it downward later. As soon as set, it can’t be adjusted upward.
The reality in taxation listening to is about for Dec. 13.
Board members unanimously accepted adoption of the district’s new strategic plan as amended. The draft plan was amended following an earlier public evaluate that adopted a two-month planning course of. The plan goes into impact instantly. Board members agreed that there could be accountability in-built to the implementation of the plan.
VAPING IN SCHOOL
Vaping has change into a very massive downside in the highschool, stated Principal Bob Staska. College students are quickly turning into addicted and it’s a distraction for different college students when vaping college students are repeatedly asking to depart the classroom.
Board members mentioned what assets is likely to be obtainable to assist college students who need it. Faculty useful resource officer Jon Cline has been trying into county ordinances.