As you know, we switched to online learning from 11/12 – 11/24 in response to the high numbers of COVID related cases in our students, staff, and community. We have been closely monitoring this situation over the last three weeks and have been in contact with Jones County Public Health daily for information related to our situation.
The positivity rate for Jones County and Monticello remain higher and those numbers are definitely concerning, however, after looking very closely at our staff and students in isolation and quarantine, those numbers have dropped significantly. At this time, we anticipate approximately 4% of our staff and 3% of our students to be out for COVID related reasons as on November 30. With this information and after consulting with Jones County Public Health we will be returning to in-person learning on November 30. Please remember that these numbers can turn quickly and we may need to consider online learning again in the future.
On Monday, November 30, we will resume our hybrid schedule with in-person learning four days a week and online learning on Wednesdays. We will still be requiring masks or two-ply gaiters (approved by the nurse). No other face coverings will be allowed.
I ask all of you again to please be careful of exposure during the Thanksgiving break. Our situation can get worse in a hurry if we all do not do our part to be safe and limit our exposure. I thank you all very much for your patience and understanding during these difficult times and look forward to seeing our students back in school on Monday, November 30.
Thank you for your continued support of the Monticello Community School District. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Brian Jaeger, Superintendent