We are rapidly approaching Spring Break and with any luck we could have some warmer weather ahead. It will be really good for all of us to get outside and get some exercise again. I am sure our students are looking forward to closing the books for a week during spring break. I always share how proud of our teaching staff that I am, but I want to share that I am also very proud of our students. They are all learning in new ways and stretching themselves farther than they ever have. Not just in school but in many aspects of their life. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high for teens and young adults. If you are experiencing this with your child please do not hesitate to give your school counselor a call.
Looking at our COVID numbers this week, we are continuing in the right direction. Jones County Public Health reports that the 14-day positivity rate for Jones County has dropped to 3.0% this week. In Monticello, the 14-day positivity rate has also dropped to 1.8%. We have had no positive COVID cases in the last 7 days in Monticello. These numbers are even lower than last week. Please remember that you should continue to use caution and that with people traveling to other states over spring break our rates could rise again in a few weeks if we are all not careful.
Our updated school numbers for this week are as follows:
1. We currently have 11 students and one staff in isolation (these people have tested positive for COVID or are showing COVID symptoms) and approximately one student and no staff in quarantine (these people have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not necessarily at school). That is approximately 1% of our student body and less than 1% of our staff that is out for COVID-19 related reasons. Those numbers are still very good!!!
2. We still have several students participating in online learning. As of today, we have approximately 99 prek-12 students participating in full online learning or hybrid online learning. That is approximately 10% of our student body taking one or more online courses. The number of online learners has dropped again this week. If you are considering coming back to in-person learning, please contact your principal. Given the context of very low community and school spread, it would be a good time for your child to return to in-person learning if you are considering that option.
That is it for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please continue to be safe!!!
Dr. Brian Jaeger