Dear Achieve Community,
In an email sent to the Achieve community yesterday, we mentioned that the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are rapidly changing and that we would keep you updated regarding changes in our planned response. Today, we are writing to let you know about some changes that we will be implementing beginning Monday, March 16th. These changes are based on information that we received during a conference call with the Department of Health (MDH) and the Department of Education (MDE) this morning.
As of this morning, there are 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, and each of these cases can be associated with travel. However, it is now being recommended that we take additional steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning on Monday, Achieve will be implementing the following community mitigation strategies:
All after school activities, clubs, and sports will be cancelled until April 3rd
All school field trips will be cancelled
Parent/Teacher conferences scheduled for March 25-27 will be cancelled
Staff will make adjustments to parts of the student day to help avoid large groups of students in the same space together
Despite the need to implement the changes above, at this time Achieve’s school day will continue as originally scheduled.
In considering whether or not to close school, Achieve has and will continue to collaborate with the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and utilize the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Considerations for School Closures decision tree. At this point we are not closing school for several reasons, some of which include:
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 which are linked to Achieve at this time.
According to the CDC “In other countries, those places who closed school (e.g., Hong Kong) have not had more success in reducing spread than those that did not (e.g., Singapore).”
School closings have a significant impact on the workforce, including on the medical field.
Children are at the lowest risk of being impacted by COVID-19.
The importance of continuity of education.
In the coming days, we will monitor and communicate whether or not there is a need to extend these changes beyond April 3rd. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work with the most current information available to make decisions about the health and safety of our staff and students.