04-13-2021 Message to Families

STMA Parents:

The purpose of this communication is to update you on increasing COVID-19 case rates and ask for your help in keeping our students in school.

COVID-19 CASES ARE INCREASING 

While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been stable since early January, we are seeing increases in positive cases in our schools and community. District data shows that the number of positive cases in our schools is still relatively low but has been increasing (see STMA Dashboard). The 14-Day County Case Rate Number has also steadily increased the last few weeks (see page one of the STMA COVID-19 FAQ).

REMAIN VIGILANT 

We have worked hard to keep our students in school and are proud that we have been able to offer in-person instruction to all STMA students for the majority of the school year. This spring, we want to offer memorable and fun opportunities to our students such as prom, track and field days, and more. Likewise, we do not want to switch to a more restrictive learning model. However, the health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority and if our numbers continue to increase, we may be forced to switch to a more restrictive learning model. 

Please help us keep our students in school by following state guidelines from the MN Department of Health (MDH).

  • Wear a face covering when outside your home.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from persons not in your household if possible.
  • Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water, cover your cough, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Follow quarantine rules and stay home if quarantining. 
  • If your child is sick, keep him/her home. 

Watch for updated information regarding quarantine requirements, when to keep your child home, test site locations, and more from our COVID-19 Health Coordinator Lindy Legatt later this week.

We will continue to closely monitor case rate numbers as well as other data. If data suggests it is not safe to remain in an in-person learning model, we will shift to a more restrictive learning model. It will take ALL of us, working together, to keep our students in school.

Thank you for your continued support of STMA Schools. We are grateful for your partnership and vigilance. Take care and be safe.

Respectfully, 

Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault

STMA Superintendent