Another very interesting week in the Monticello Community School District. As the weather warms up I am sure the students are getting spring fever (no quarantine for this one). I have seen several activities that are outdoors such as Marching Band at the high school, Outdoor Ed Day at the middle school, and students planting flowers outside in the elementary. Very exciting to see all of these activities. As we get to the end of the school year you will be receiving a letter from the school (K-8) if we are recommending your child participate in summer school to help recover some learning loss from the last 14 months. If you have a high school student, you will be contacted for credit recovery, if needed, the first week of June. Graduation is also right around the corner and we are going to graduate on the football field on May 30. With some cooperation from the weather we should have a set up that will not require masks for graduates or spectators.
Looking at our COVID numbers this week, we continue to have some terrific numbers in Monticello. However, Jones County in general is not as good as we are. Jones County Public Health reports that the 14-day positivity rate for Jones County is at 6.2% this week. In Monticello, the 14-day positivity rate is at 1.3%. We have had no positive COVID cases in the last 7 days and only 2 positive COVID cases in the last 14 days in Monticello. Those are fantastic numbers.
Our updated school numbers for this week are as follows:
1. We currently have no students and no staff in isolation (these people have tested positive for COVID or are showing COVID symptoms) and we have no students and one staff in quarantine (these people have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not necessarily at school). That is less than 1% of our students and staff out for COVID-19 related reasons.
2. We still have some students participating in online learning. As of today, we have approximately 78 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 and please keep in mind that we will not be offering online learning in the fall, only in-person learning.
The Pfizer vaccine was approved this week for children 12 years and older. The word on the street is that vaccines for children 2 and up will be approved by September. We are investigating options to hold a vaccine clinic at school through Jones County Public Health. Students could be vaccinated, with parent permission of course, with their first shot before the end of the year. Then we can open up for the date of the second scheduled shot in June. I will keep you updated. Let’s just keep doing it right here in Monticello everyone!!!
If you are still looking to be vaccinated, call 211 and they can help you find a vaccination site near you. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!
Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent