Message from the Superintendent

Upcoming School Schedule Changes
Posted on 02/23/2021

Parents and Guardians,

We continue to see the number of Covid 19 cases decrease across the County and State.  This is great news as we move to have our 7-12 students in school more often as allowed by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of health.  

Our school staff have been very fortunate to be offered the vaccine through County Public Health.   Most staff will be through the first dose of the vaccine this week and look to be fully vaccinated as we move to the beginning of April.  This is great news; however, it does pose an issue when many staff are being vaccinated with a second dose at the same time each week.  This will require us to adjust our school calendar as we move into March, below are the changes for March.

Friday, February 26th- No School Pre-K-12 as teachers transition into in person learning

Monday, March 1st- Grades 7-9 return to four days a week in person school

Monday, March 15th -Grades 10-12 return to four days a week in person school

Friday, March 5th, March 12th, and March 26th
Grades K-6 will not be at school and will receive age-appropriate home activities or online activities as directed by their teachers.

Grades 7-12 will have online learning days
Wednesday, March 10th will not be an early out day for students.  Students will go to school all day.
Students will go to school Monday through Thursday the weeks of March 5th, 12th, and 26th.

Emergency worker care and school aged childcare will be available for elementary students on February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, and March 26th.

Thank you for your flexibility as we make these adjustments.  The vaccinations are a big game changer in getting more of our students in school more often.  Declining Covid 19 rates in our community, along with vaccinations are critical for the safe return of students and staff.  

Free-Reduced Lunch Applications- It was just announced to us that parents who qualify for free-reduced priced lunch will at some point be given P-EBT cards through a new USDA program.  We know that because the USDA is giving all students free lunches this year, some parents who would qualify for free-reduced lunches did not fill out the paperwork for this.  The USDA is giving parents until February 28th to complete these applications through the District Office.  We have not been told the amount of P-EBT benefits, as it seems we are in an interpret as you go along period for many government agencies because of all the new programs.  We just wanted parents who may qualify to not miss whatever is coming along through this program.

Construction- Drop Off and Pick-Up
The work on our Primary School is almost complete.  We plan to be in the building by the beginning of March.  What you need to know is that work on the high school and middle school will begin the middle of February.  On February 11th we will be moving the bus drop off and pick-up and the parent drop-off and pick-up to the front of the Primary/MS/HS.  This is similar to how it has been in the past.   The increase in parent drop offs and pick-ups will require patience during these times.  The parent drop off and pick-up will be right in front of the Primary building.  Please be considerate of the home owners in the area as you wait for your children.  Most of all, drive slow and remember young children are not predictable in their behavior.  The school will have extra crossing assistance during these times.

Michael Harvey Zumbrota-Mazeppa Superintendent of School

School Nurse Update

ZM schools must continue to follow the Updated COVID-19 Decision Tree:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/exguide.pdf

The Decision Tree was updated in late December to align with the Shortened quarantine options: 

Even if you shorten quarantine you should be watching for symptoms for the full 14 days.  During your 14 days if you have even 1 symptom “less common” or “more common” you will need to stay home, be evaluated by an MD and/or have a negative COVID test before returning to school.  Siblings will be sent home/must stay home if quarantined student has 1 symptom during this time period.  

If you are a household member you are NOT able to shorten quarantine.

Please continue to let the nursing staff know if students have been identified as a close contact or if anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Shortened Quarantine:

Shortened quarantine is an option in certain situations. I wanted to provide a reminder that those students that qualify for shortened quarantine, can shorten quarantine to return to school, but must complete the full 14-day quarantine before returning to sports practices/games.

Staff Updates:

Optional Staff Saliva testing is occurring in the school district every 2 weeks.
 
If you have questions or concerns, please call 507-732-1411 or email: tiffanyb@zmsch.k12.mn.us

Thanks,

Tiffany Boraas, RN
Licensed School Nurse
District COVID-19 Coordinator
tiffanyb@zmsch.k12.mn.us