Dear Hayfield families and staff,
I hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy some well-deserved free time this summer. I look forward to seeing our buildings full of students again on September 7th (Middle and High School) and Sept. 9th (Elementary School). I know many of them are also excited to return. Again, I would like to thank everyone for their understanding last year, as we had students in-person more than any other school in southern Minnesota.
With the school year being less than 4 weeks away, we are getting questions regarding vaccination, masking, contact tracing/quarantine, and other COVID-19 protocols. Please know that the safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and we will continue to make it a priority. We will continue our rigorous disinfecting and cleaning schedules, and our upgraded HVAC filtration is still in place in each building. Each school building received a deep clean over the summer thanks to our outstanding custodial staff.
As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided updated information regarding COVID-19. We are taking this opportunity to look at the data and want to be patient in sending out final decisions to our families and staff. The District will continue to monitor the situation and make required adjustments as details evolve.
This school year is going to be different from last year. Last year we were working under a number of executive orders; this year, there appears to be even more local control, but that does not make it any easier.
There is no question; we are still very much in a shifting landscape of realities and challenges for COVID. We continue to monitor the situation around the United States, Minnesota, and Dodge and Mower Counties. We appreciate your patience through this situation and know we will keep you consistently updated.
At this time, I plan to make an updated “Return to School plan” recommendation to the school board during the last week of August. It will be released to the public upon their decision. I believe it makes the most common sense to wait at least a couple of more weeks before making a final decision for the start of the school year on the above mentioned topics.
Again, I appreciate the support and understanding from the members of this great small knit community.
Hayfield Community Schools