Waseca Public Schools strives to provide information to our families as quickly and as accurately as possible. We have created this section in our website for you to use as a resource as information about COVID-19 becomes readily available. If you have any questions about any of the resources provided, or wish to see something added, please contact us by clicking HERE.
COVID-19 Cases Dashboard
ACTIVE POSITIVE CASES (WEEKLY)
As of October 26, 2020
TOTAL POSITIVE CASES
Since July 1, 2020
Information from a study at Harvard regarding the Cornovirus:
How long can the coronavirus stay airborne?
A study done by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Laboratory of Virology in the Division of Intramural Research in Hamilton, Montana helps to answer this question. The researchers used a nebulizer to blow coronaviruses into the air. They found that infectious viruses could remain in the air for up to three hours. The results of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 17, 2020.
How long can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 survive on surfaces?
A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But most often they will fall more quickly.
There's a lot we still don't know, such as how different conditions, such as exposure to sunlight, heat, or cold, can affect these survival times.
As we learn more, continue to follow the CDC's recommendations for cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects every day. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
If surfaces are dirty, first clean them using a detergent and water, then disinfect them. A list of products suitable for use against COVID-19 is available here. This list has been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after bringing in packages, or after trips to the grocery store or other places where you may have come into contact with infected surfaces.
A Message From the Palmer Bus Company
A message from the Palmer Bus Service Leadership Team:There is no higher priority to the Palmer Bus Service team than keeping the kids we transport safe. As a proactive measure we are instructing each of our sites to disinfect each of the buses and vans that transport students on a daily basis. Our local site managers will be working with their staff to minimize germs by spraying down the seats and wiping down commonly touched surfaces with household cleaners and disinfectants.We all hope we can help mitigate this virus from spreading any faster than what it already has. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.Sincerely,
Christopher L. Champlin, CPA/CFO
Palmer Bus Service
PO Box 2026
North Mankato, MN 56002
New Documentation From Building & Grounds:
- Teacher Classroom Cleaning Procedures
- Facility Cleaning Methods and Considerations
- Custodian Classroom Cleaning Procedures
Documentation from Minnesota Department of Health
- What To Do When Notified of a Lab-Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in a School or Child Care Setting
- Decision Tree for People With COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth,Student, and Child Care Programs (updated September 11, 2020)
- Attendance Guide For Parents and Families (updated September 11, 2020)
Updated Return to Play Policies for Head Coaches 6-23-20
Last Friday, Governor Walz, along with the MDH, released new guidelines for Youth and Adult Sports during COVID-19. We have updated our return to play documents to reflect the new guidance outlined by the MDH. These policies go into effect Wednesday, June 24th.What Changes Were Made?Full team practices for all sports may begin on June 24th, so long as the total party included at that practice does not exceed 25. This number included coaches and additional support staff.
Local scrimmages and games may start on June 24th for outdoor sports and July 1st for indoor sports. Contests and games against teams outside of our local community are now scheduled to begin July 22nd.Does this mean we can resume normal activities?
No. While cliche, we are all experiencing a new normal. Things will not be conducted how we conducted them in the past. We as a district and a school are still going to practice our minimum expectations for COVID-19 safety, which means waivers, daily screenings, and the use of facemasks when in communal areas such as hallways and restrooms. Sanitation practices will not be changed, meaning any equipment being used during practices or workouts must still be disinfected properly. Social distancing must still be practiced when entering and exiting the facilities, and when in the course of a practice or workout it can be practiced. Please make sure you design your practices and workouts with this in mind. Remember, we as coaches and advisors have a certain legal duty and responsibility that we have to meet by administering programs for our student-athletes.This is exciting news, because we are moving one step closer to what we all hope will be happening in the fall. Thank you to all of our coaches who already have programs up and going in school at this moment. Remember, if you would like to get something up and running to make sure you get approval from me before beginning any summer workouts!Joe H.
Waseca Public Schools Information and Resources
Food Service Community Outreach:
March 2020Breakfast: 5,653Lunch: 6,209Grand Total: 11,862TOTAL MEALS 3/16/20 - 6/1/20:Breakfast: 29,981Lunch: 31,080Grand Total: 61,061
Child Care/Jay's Nest
Jay's Nest new hours will be 7am-4pm for students ages 3-12. All district staff who need childcare can have your kids attend the Jays Nest. Please send Nikki Benson an email with the names, ages, etc of your children who will need this service no later than noon tomorrow so we know how many staff will be needed. As of today, there will be no fee for this service.Meals will be served to those in Jays Nest.
Child Care Community Outreach:
Children In Care 6/3/20: 35
Tier 1: 23, Tier 2: 12Days in operation: 53Total served (duplicated count): 1,798 childrenAverage Daily Count: 33.9Week 1 Average: 15.25Week 2 Average: 24.6Week 3 Average: 32.2
Week 4 Average: 34.0
Week 5 Average: 37.75Week 6 Average: 35.8Week 7 Average: 38.35
Engagement in Distance Learning
- Preschool - 93%
- Hartley - 97%
- WIS - 93%
- JSHS - 95%
- ALC - 51%
- Stepping Stones/Passages - 78%
- ECSE - 90%
- ECFE - 92%
- Hartley - 96%
- WIS - 95%
- JSHS - 91%
- ALC - 39%
- Stepping Stones - 100%
- Passages - 75%
- Early Childhood Family Education - 92%
- Early Childhood Special Education -97%
- Hartley - 97%
- WIS - 94%
- JSHS - 90%
- ALC - 74%
- Stepping Stones - 75%
- Passages - 61%
- ECFE - 89%
- ECSE - 100%
- Hartley - 95%
- WIS - 95%
- JSHS - 87%
- ALC- 79%
- Stepping Stones - 93%
- Passages - 74%
- ECSE - 88%
- ECFE - 88%
- Hartley - 94%
- WIS - 93%
- JSHS - 88%
- ALC - 81%
- Stepping Stones - 93%
- Passages - 53%