Well after some unexpected weather to end this week we have all made adjustments to our schedules. I thank you for your flexibility over the last few days. I always tell myself that the weather is only bad through the girl’s state basketball tournament. That is not perfect every year, but it is still a good rule of thumb. That is only a few weeks away so I know we can make it.
By now parents you should have received our survey and video about the schedule changes coming our way over the next few weeks. Wednesday will look a little different for us all, however, we are able to continue to support both in-person and online learning going forward. I do not want to try and predict what comes from the State Legislature and the desk of the Governor but I would be happy if we could get everyone into a routine again for the remainder of the year.
Saturday the Monticello Community School District staff, who elected to receive the vaccine shot, are scheduled to get vaccine shot #1. Then on March 6 they will all get vaccine shot #2. Staff are not required to receive the vaccine; however, I do believe a large number of our staff members intend to receive the vaccine. Let’s hope that everyone is able to get their two doses over the next few months. I am definitely looking forward to things returning to more normal when they can.
Looking at our numbers this week, our 14-day positivity rate in Jones County is at 10.0%. I do not have any specific information for Monticello, however, we are still in a very good place with our school numbers, as you will see from the data below. Let’s keep up the good work!!!
Our updated numbers for this week are as follows:
1. We currently have approximately 7 students and 1 staff in isolation (these people have tested positive for COVID or are showing COVID symptoms) and approximately 8 students and 1 staff in quarantine (these people have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not necessarily at school). That is approximately 2% of our student body and less than 1% of our staff that is out for COVID-19 related reasons. For the third week in a row these numbers continue to be very good for our school.
2. We still have many students participating in online learning. This number has stayed the same for the last three weeks. As of today, we have approximately 111 PreK-12 students participating in full online learning or hybrid online learning. That is approximately 11% of our student body taking one or more online courses. If you would still like to move to in-person learning, please contact your principal.
That is it for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please be safe!
Dr. Brian Jaeger