(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Hayfield Community Schools

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A Message from our Covid-19 Coordinators

Parents and Staff:

As stated, since the start of this pandemic we will try to use as much common sense as possible when dealing with the pandemic here at school. Today we went above the 5% threshold for positive Covid cases in the elementary school. As of today, our positivity rate for the elementary is 7.7% of our student population. We also have had an uptick in our 6th grade. Per our Hayfield Return to School Plan, which was board approved before the start of school, masks were recommended to be worn by our students per the CDC guidelines.

At this time, we want to say that we are Strongly Encouraging the wearing of masks while indoors between the hours of 8am to 3pm in grades K-6. If we had the answer for Covid, we would give it to you. We do however believe it is time to try something before we are forced into other mitigations strategies that no one wants to have to follow. At the end of the day our #1 priority is to have kids physically in school and safe.

If we are able to slow down this uptick of cases in the school, we will inform the parents and go back to recommending. If we are unable to slow this uptick of cases, we may go to a mask mandate for a period in an effort to curb the sudden uptick of positive Covid cases. If none of these strategies slow the uptick, we may have to move to other mitigation strategies.

Again, we don’t have the answers and we don’t want to do anything just for show. Debates about masks can go on for days, but we are Strongly Encouraging our parents to join us in trying to mitigate this problem in its infancy. If we try this through Thanksgiving break perhaps we can come back out of it back to where we have been the majority of this school year. We believe it is time to at least try.

So, in closing, Hayfield Community Schools in grades K-6th grade are Strongly Encouraging the wearing of masks starting Tuesday November 16th, 2021 until further notice. Grades 7-12 will stay at recommending per the CDC guidance.

If your child wants a mask and doesn’t have one or forgets theirs, we have extra’s in both offices.

Thank you:

Gregg Slaathaug

Michele Nelson

Late Bus Sponsor