Please be understanding and patient as we all navigate through this together.
The Health and Safety Smart Restart Committee decided at today’s meeting to return to in-person learning at both the elementary school and the high school starting Monday, November 1st.
With a surge in COVID-19 cases, McClusky Schools will shift to the short-term hybrid learning model Wednesday, 10/27. There will be NO SCHOOL Tuesday, 10/26 to give teachers time to prepare lessons. Teachers will inform parents of what to expect for their child this week. We will update parents and staff on Friday when school will start in person learning. We are hoping for Monday but will need to consult with local healthcare experts on Friday to gauge the surge and spread in our community. We are in the critical phase of our restart plan. Thank you for your support.
McClusky Schools was just notified of two positive cases of Covid-19 in two staff members. Healing and warm thoughts go out to these two. School personnel are not conducting contact tracing. The North Dakota Department of Health is handling notifications of close contacts, but that may not extend beyond family at this time.
We ask that you monitor yourself/children for symptoms of COVID-19. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and cough. Some individuals may also experience shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, loss of taste/smell, or gastrointestinal symptoms. Symptoms can vary by person and range from very mild symptoms to severe illness.
If you currently have symptoms or develops symptoms of COVID-19, our recommendation is to contact your healthcare provider. Contact the ND Hotline at 1-866-207-2880 with any additional questions or concerns about COVID-19.
What is McClusky Schools doing in regards to masks?
McClusky Schools will follow the Health and Safety Smart Restart Plan which states in the blue/green risk level masks are highly encouraged and recommended. Certain classes, music, PE, and shop for example, may require face coverings for safety of all students in the room.
Are masks required?
No, however, masks are highly encouraged and recommended in case of an outbreak in the school. If a student is wearing a mask and is identified as a close contact they will NOT have to quarantine at home. We are encouraging masks so we do NOT have to send students home and distance learn.
Does my child have to wear a mask on the bus?
Yes, the Health and Safety Smart Restart Plan states all transportation riders, students and drivers included, are required to wear a face covering while riding in a school bus (route) or school vehicle to school or any school sanctioned FFA competition, NDHSAA sporting event or practice, etc.
Does my child have to wear a mask when at other schools?
Yes, your child must follow all rules and safety measures while participating in co-op sports or activities.
What if my student is being criticized for wearing a mask?
By no means should anyone criticize another for wearing a mask. Have your student inform a teacher, staff member, and/or an administrator and it will be handled.
What safety measures will be followed to ensure my kid stays safe?
Cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and wearing masks will continue in the buildings to keep everyone safe. Students have the right to wear masks/face coverings even when it is not required. Again, McClusky Schools highly encourage and recommend face coverings be worn.
Why are students being sent home to quarantine and/or learn from a distance?
If someone is Covid positive they must quarantine at home and learn from a distance. If someone is identified as a close contact and they are NOT wearing a mask, they will need to quarantine at home. This comes from CDC guidelines and the state department of health. We should follow their guidance to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Governor Burgum changed the risk levels for all counties to blue/green. McClusky Schools will follow the Health and Safety Smart Restart Plan which states in the blue/green risk level masks are highly encouraged and recommended. Certain classes, music, PE, and shop for example, may require face coverings for safety of all students in the room. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then please do so. By no means should anyone criticize another for wearing a mask. Keep in mind, if someone is Covid positive they will quarantine at home and distance learn/teach. If someone is identified as a close contact and they are NOT wearing a mask, they will need to quarantine at home.
For more information on Governor Burgum’s November 18th requirements, please see his page.
For more information on Governor Burgum’s November 13th requirements, please see his page.