Updates for Thursday, September 24

St. Croix Prep Community,

The start of this school year has been quite different, to say the least. As we continue our efforts to make this a great year, please note the following:

Washington County Case Rate Data as of September 24

The Covid-19 Case Rate data was released this morning; and the Washington County case rate declined to 12.40 from 17.09. A summary of Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan and recent case rates are noted below: Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan uses the number of Covid-19 cases by county over 14 days per 10,000 people. Given the county’s case rate, schools have the flexibility of opening in the following models:

Model Applied to St. Croix Prep

St. Croix Prep is located in Washington County. At the time of the Governor’s announcement (July 30), Washington County’s current case rate was 14.84. Per the MDH, the following is the Washington County historical case rate data:
  • August 30 to September 12 – 12.40
  • August 23 to September 5 – 17.09
  • August 16 to August 29 – 22.11
  • August 9 to August 22 – 22.74
  • August 2 to August 15 – 20.69
  • July 26 to August 8 – 19.54

Room Capacity, Physical Distancing, and Impact on Learning Models

Due to hybrid learning model restrictions, St. Croix Prep cannot accept student transitions from distance learning to the hybrid model at this time. We originally communicated that we would allow this at mid-quarter, but MDH/MDE requirements prevent us from doing this. To be added to the Hybrid Learning Model wait list, please complete this form

Note: Pre-Covid19 enrollment situations were quite easy to satisfy; now they have become very complicated due to evaluation of schedules, family cohort, room/occupancy capacity for each class, etc. Thanks for your patience as we continue to work through this situation.

Room Capacity, Physical Distancing, and Impact on Learning Models

As noted above, the Washington County case rate data impacts our room occupancy and physical distancing requirements. This is only one factor that impacts our choice of learning model and operations. As has been communicated last week and earlier this week, the protocols for those employees and students that have Covid-19 symptoms is, will be in our minds, a more critical aspect for our consideration. As a reminder, per MDH/MDE/Washington County Health Officials, students/employees with Covid-19 symptoms must remain at home until: 1) their isolation period (10 days) is complete; 2) a physician has diagnosed that the symptoms are not Covid-19 related; OR they have received a negative result from a Covid-19 test. Until one of these is completed, the student (and Prep siblings) – employee (and Prep students) must follow these procedures. We are beginning to see the staffing impact of this as staff absences, due to Covid-19 symptoms, are at record levels for this point in the school year, and we have a limited availability of substitute teachers. Note: At this time, we have had no positive Covid-19 cases in our student body or employee base.

Note: Pre-Covid19 enrollment situations were quite easy to satisfy; now they have become very complicated due to evaluation of schedules, family cohort, room/occupancy capacity for each class, etc. Thanks for your patience as we continue to work through this situation.

Parent Survey

We are finalizing the parent survey. This will be sent out on September 28, with a response deadline by September 30. We will use your response data for our board discussions on October 6.

Thank you for your continued flexibility. Even though it seems we are well into our school year, our students have yet to be physically in the building for even 10 days. We continue to make adjustments and improve the learning environment for everyone.

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