MCSD families, we are now six full weeks into the school year. We feel fortunate our COVID-19 case counts and quarantines have remained low. We know you and educators are working tirelessly to follow the directives and protocols we have been given by our health departments and others.
There’s been a lot of discussion about school closure scenarios at other schools and districts across the state. Each District was tasked in July with determining thresholds relevant to their unique needs. At MCSD, we opted to follow recommendations made by the County Health Department.
We feel it’s important to reiterate those and that we intend to enforce them if need be. Here’s the summary of those recommendations:
- If a school in the district reaches a total of 15 positive COVID-19 test results, that entire school will quarantine and shift to online learning for a period of two weeks.
- If a classroom in the district reaches a total of 3 positive COVID-19 test results, that entire classroom will quarantine and shift to online learning for a period of two weeks.
- If a sports team or extracurricular activity in the district reaches a total of 3 positive COVID-19 test results, that entire team or activity will quarantine and for a period of two weeks.
We will also continue to quarantine individuals who test positive and conduct contact tracing to quarantine those who meet certain criteria.
Again, our case counts have been relatively low and manageable to this point. So, we thank you for the part YOU have played in keeping students and educators safe. We plead with you to continue to make that effort by following basic protocols in ALL of your daily activities that include distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, sanitizing, and most important of all, keeping children home when they exhibit ANY questionable signs of illness. We are in this TOGETHER – keep up the great work!