Looking at our numbers this week, our positivity rate in Monticello is 16.7%. In Jones County, the positivity rate is 12.4%. Over the last 7 days, there have been 6 cases of COVID-19 in Monticello. All of these numbers are down from last week. That is a good sign for us all.
You may have heard the Governor’s speech this week. She called on the state legislature to bring a proposal to her desk that would mandate 100% in-person learning. We will see the details when a bill comes out, however, it will be hard for us to teach both 100% online and 100% in-person. With approximately 155 students successfully learning online, I am hoping that the bill allows some middle ground so in-person learning does not end online learning. Without our online learning day on Wednesday for all, I do not think we can sustain both methods of teaching.
Our updated numbers for this week are as follows:
- We currently have approximately 19 students and 2 staff in isolation (these people have tested positive for COVID or are showing COVID symptoms) and approximately 17 students and 1 staff in quarantine (these people have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not necessarily at school). That is less than 4% of our student body and less than 1% of our staff that is out for COVID-19 related reasons. These are really good numbers, but the student numbers are up slightly this week.
- We still have many students participating in online learning. As of today, we have approximately 155 prek-12 students participating in full online learning or hybrid online learning. That is approximately 16% of our student body taking one or more online courses. This number has dropped slightly as students are returning to in-person learning to start the second semester. As many as 32 students returned to in-person learning this week.
That is it for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please be safe!!!
Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent