Spanish translation below
Dear Achieve Community,
Recently there has been a lot of media coverage about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and we wanted to provide you with an update of our preparations for how this may impact the Achieve community. We are committed to providing updates and important information to families regarding COVID-19. Please know that we are actively preparing plans for any impact this may have on our school community.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), five cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Minnesota as of this morning. We are monitoring the situation closely in partnership with MDH and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
At this time, MDH is not recommending any changes to school, events or extracurricular activities.
We will continue to keep our building clean and make sure our staff has the tools and supplies they need to do so. We also continue to closely monitor student and staff absences and the presence of flu-like symptoms.
For their own benefit and to prevent the spread of any illness, the most important preventative measure is that students and staff follow good health practices, including:
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick and avoid sharing personal items.
Staff and students must stay home when they are sick.
Cover coughs or sneezes.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
In recent days, we have seen news of some colleges and universities canceling classes and/or moving to online learning. It is our current expectation that Achieve will only cancel classes following a recommendation to do so from MDH (Minnesota Department of Health).
Nevertheless, the Achieve team is working on plans should a long-term closure occur in the future. We should also note that we are waiting for the Minnesota Department of Education’s direction to allow schools to utilize eLearning plans if they were not approved prior to the start of the school year and would potentially go beyond five eLearning days (which is the maximum number of eLearning days currently allowed by law).
Athletics & Large Events
At this time, the Minnesota Department of Health is not recommending any changes or cancellations to athletics or other large gathering events.
As of now, the Minnesota Department of Education has advised that students who need to stay at home due to recommendations for after-travel health precautions (i.e. students returning from high-risk areas including China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) can participate in “distance learning” to continue their education without attending school. We are prepared to work with any of our students who are currently subject to this recommendation.
This is the only situation currently approved for this type of learning. It is always a parent’s decision whether to keep their child home from school, but Achieve is open as normal and we are following our usual attendance practices.
We recognize that spring break is approaching. If you are traveling for spring break, we ask you to consider the following:
Know that situations and conditions surrounding COVID-19 are dynamic and could change while you are traveling, which may complicate your return.
CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations in China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. You can stay up to date with this recommendations at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
While traveling, take steps to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus by practicing good hygiene.
If visiting a country with a COVID-19 outbreak and any family member feels sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please stay home, avoid contact with others and seek medical advice.
We recognize the seriousness of this situation. Achieve will continue to have frequent communication with MDH and MDE to ensure that we are following their recommendations to keep our school community safe. We will continue to communicate with you about our preparations for COVID-19 including any changes that may be implemented.
Andrea Halverson Principal