RED WING -- Two positive cases of COVID-19 resulted in second graders at Burnside and Twin Bluff schools switching to distance learning Nov. 3 at least through Nov. 13.
Those second graders did not have school Monday, Nov. 2, Superintendent Karsten Anderson said in an email Sunday to board members and the Republican Eagle Sunday night.
The district's COVID response team notified students and staff known to be in close contact with the two individuals and are required to quarantine. Others are not in quarantine, but out of an abundance of caution and challenges in finding substitute teachers, all second graders at Burnside and Twin Bluff will temporarily learn from home, he said.
The change did not affect Jefferson and Sunnyside schools, which also house grades K-6.
That led to some confusion, School Board members said Monday night, because parents of those students didn’t hear from official channels.
Anderson agreed that it will be prudent in future announcements to include more people to “squelch rumors.”
Monday was the first time the district has had to make such a learning shift during the pandemic.
Parents and guardians of second graders at Burnside and Twin Bluff were instructed to pick up Chromebooks and other instructional materials between 2:30-6 p.m. Nov. 2.
Should a child exhibit COVID-related symptoms, parents should call the school district at 651-385-4596 and leave a message. The COVID response team will call back within 24 hours.
"It is strongly recommended that you contact their primary care physician or the local health department to have them tested immediately," Anderson's email state.
Currently, early childhood and K-4 students attend school every day. Classrooms have only a dozen children, require masks and observe social distancing with desks are space far apart.