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COVID-19 Statement
COVID-19 Statement
Erik Widvey
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Published March 15, 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the Governor’s decision to close schools, Kimball Area Public Schools will be closed and all activities for students will be cancelled, including preschool and enrichment program, on Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th.  During this time there will be no instruction for students to allow for district staff to prepare for distance learning.  All district staff will report to the high school cafetorium at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 17th to receive more information.

On Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th school age child care will be available (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) for all currently enrolled Cubs Club families.  Cubs Club Families should please bring a cold lunch and water bottle as there will be no meal service on Monday & Tuesday.  According to orders issued by Governor Walz, beginning Wednesday, March 18th, Cubs Club will be available (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) only to families of children of Emergency workers critical to the state's response to COVID-19.  Emergency workers wishing to utilize Cubs Club, beginning March 18th, must provide verification which may include: a letter from their employer or an employment badge and contact Holly Guerin @ holly.guerin@kimball.k12.mn.us or 320-398-7700 ext. 2555.  

Emergency workers/Healthcare staff are as follows:

  • Health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics
  • Post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities
  • Other health systems and organizations, such as:
  • Home Care workers
  • Personal Care Assistants
  • Ambulance/emergency
  • Direct Care and Treatment

     

    Other emergency staff, including:

  • First Responders
  • Firefighters
  • Personnel providing correctional services
  • Essential Court personnel
  • Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff
  • State and local public health agency employees
  • MNsure Navigators
  • County financial/eligibility workers
  • County case managers
  • Or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services

We will provide more details on offering meals to our families in the coming days.

The uncertainty of this situation is going to require regular communication and flexibility. Please watch the district website for updates.

Thank you for your trust and support. We will get through this together!

Erik Widvey

Superintendent, Kimball Area Public Schools


Published March 13, 2020 - In response to the recent report by Stearns County Public Health of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Stearns County, Superintendents from the county have agreed upon shared school operations protocols.

The districts will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Mild/Moderate Mitigation for Schools with COVID-19 Cases in their Community.” Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission

The districts will also continue to partner with local health officials, Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

The following protocols will be in place in our districts beginning March 16th and will continue until further notice.   Due to daily changes and guidance from the CDC, MDH, and MDE  this date will to be evaluated and may be adjusted during this time frame.

·       For the safety of students, staff and community, only district personnel (those on payroll and contracted partners) are permitted inside district schools. Visitors and volunteers will not be admitted to schools at this time.

·       Beginning and end of day routines allowing families into the school to drop off or pick up students will remain the same, but other family visits during the school day will be limited to scheduled school business.

·       Public health officials have advised limiting large gatherings of people. In response, all school-sponsored public and family events and activities will be cancelled until further notice.  Junior high and high school practices for activities and athletics, however, are considered an extension of the school day and will continue as scheduled.

·       All field trips and school sponsored travel will be suspended.

·       Cubs Club will remain open before and after school.

·       Kimball Preschool including enrichment will remain open.

·       ECFE classes are cancelled.

·       Community education classes will be cancelled including youth and adult recreation and enrichment courses.  Fees will be refunded when applicable.

·       Use of district facilities by external organizations and community groups will be suspended.

·       Students who have been exposed to a diagnosed case of COVID-19 must communicate with School Administration prior to returning to school.

·       Students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who are diagnosed with COVID-19, or who have a household member who is diagnosed with COVID-19 should not report to school and must notify the school office of the student’s condition.

·       Parents must notify the school office if their student is not in attendance as a precautionary action related to COVID-19.

·       Staff members who have been exposed to a diagnosed case of COVID-19 must notify the Superintendent prior to returning to work.

·       Staff members who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who are diagnosed with COVID-19, or who have a household member who is diagnosed with COVID-19 should be in communication with the Superintendent to evaluate work status.

Health organizations are asking us to plan for the worst and hope for the best. We are encouraging parents to do the same. Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. If there was a confirmed case, MDH and Local Public Health agencies would contact the school district and work with us to determine the next steps. It is entirely possible the governor, state health organizations, or the department of education will direct schools to close. families are encouraged to begin planning in the event this could happen.

Stearns County Superintendents are committed to the health and safety of all students, staff and families. The districts will continue to monitor developments of the coronavirus COVID-19 and regularly update the community.

Talking with Children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource


Published March 12, 2020 - We understand staff, parents and students may have questions and concerns about the novel (new) coronavirus disease, now called COVID-19, particularly if you have students with ties to or recent travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak. As a school district we are in constant communication with our local and state level health partnerships to monitor the situation and plan for the future.

The situation surrounding the outbreak is rapidly evolving and the information or recommendations are changing as new information becomes available. Please follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and avoid creating situations that may stigmatize staff or students.

Minnesota Department of Health

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html