Important factors as we approach the start of school
We continue to monitor a number of factors as we make decisions on what school will look like this fall. Since the state announced the public health guidance for determining which educational scenario to implement (in-person learning, blended learning or distance learning), the number of COVID-19 cases in Ramsey County per 10,000 residents has increased from 16 to 22. This is concerning, as officials believe this number will continue to rise as we move into the fall and winter months.
We have been monitoring news coverage of other school systems around the country that are reopening. Cherokee County School District in Georgia was one of the first school districts in the country to reopen, and more than 1,100 students, teachers and staff members are under quarantine after 59 positive COVID-19 cases were reported. More than a dozen schools in their district are now closed under a two-week quarantine period. According to a CNN report, more than 2,000 students, teachers and school staff members across five states have been quarantined after at least 230 positive coronavirus cases were reported.
The Roseville Area Schools Board of Education meets next Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. They will hear a recommendation from the superintendent on our plan for starting school, and approve a plan that we will then communicate to families, students and staff.