As we look ahead at the remaining weeks in the school year please remember to continue to exercise caution when getting together with others outside of the school day. In the last few weeks, we have had a few circumstances where COVID, or a quarantine, can still hit unexpectedly. When it does, there is something lost. Attendance at school, extracurricular activities, awards night, NHS Induction, Graduation, etc… We are at a time of the year where the weeks are filled with activities for our students. In addition, those activities are bigger at the end of the year such as state track and Graduation which are just around the corner. Stay focused on being safe and we can get through this without missing those once in a lifetime events.
Looking at our COVID numbers this week, we are still in a good place. Jones County Public Health reports that the 14-day positivity rate for Jones County is at 3.9% this week. In Monticello, the 14-day positivity rate is at 2.9%. We have had 2 positive COVID cases in the last 7 days in Monticello. These numbers are all lower this week.
Our updated school numbers for this week are as follows:
1. We currently have 4 students and no staff in isolation (these people have tested positive for COVID or are showing COVID symptoms) and we have 11 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. These numbers have also dropped just a bit this week. Keep up the good work!!!
2. We still have several students participating in online learning. As of today, we have approximately 83 prek-12 students participating in full online learning or hybrid online learning. That is approximately 8% of our student body taking one or more online courses. The number of online learners has dropped slightly this week. If you are considering coming back to in-person learning, please contact your principal.
That is it for this week. Please remember that vaccines are available for everyone ages 16 and up at this time. If you still have questions concerning a vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!
Dr. Brian Jaeger