November 4th Update

Dear Families,

I hope this email finds you well. As you know, East Central Schools are scheduled to be in Distance Learning through this Friday, November 6th. We are monitoring closely the health of our students and staff as we make learning model decisions for our school district. As of today, we have 17 staff members and 45 students required to quarantine. This includes eight people that have tested positive for COVID-19. As we look ahead to next week, we will have several staff members able to return but are likely to add more to the quarantine list yet this week. Please know, these numbers are changing rapidly. We continue to work very closely with Pine County Public Health when making decisions about the health and well-being of our students and staff. In an effort to keep everyone healthy we will extend distance learning one more week. Distance Learning will be in place until Friday, November 13th. More information will be shared next week as to the learning model we will implement effective November 16. As a reminder, Friday, November 13 is a regularly scheduled day off in the school calendar. There will be no school, no food delivery, and no childcare on this day.

As of today, we have no confirmed cases with our student-athletes so we will resume fall sports beginning on Monday, November 9th. Please look for more information coming from Activities Director Lindstrom and check the district website for more information.

Finally, we need the help of our community to be able to keep school open. Please, please, wear a mask and avoid gatherings of people where social distancing is not maintained. We want our students in school and we know our community does too. We need to work together to accomplish this by following these safety protocols.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to educate kids in these challenging times.

Sincerely,

ANDREW M. ALMOS
Superintendent, East Central Public Schools
phone 320-245-6001 | twitter @almosandrew
aalmos@eastcentral.k12.mn.us | www.eastcentral.k12.mn.us

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