March 12, 2020
Monticello Community District Staff & Community,
If you have been watching the news you have been seeing continuous escalation of the COVID-19 virus. We have been following the information coming out very closely. The message coming from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is to stay calm and continue to use universal precautions:
- Avoid close contact to people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based sanitizer
If your child is sick, keep them home. We will continue to receive guidance from the IDPH, CDC, and eventually the Governor and the Department of Education. We will remain open unless directed by the IDPH or the Governor to close. If we are asked to close, we will honor that request and then assess the situation at that time and determine the best course of action.
So for now, we will finish the week and our students and staff will be on spring break until the doors open again on March 23. So much has changed in the last 48 hours so it is hard to predict what the circumstances will be in 11 days from now. We will continue to communicate as the situation changes and, as always, we will make the safety of our students and staff our highest priority.
Thank you for your continued support!
Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent