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November 30, 2020

International Falls Public Schools Families and Staff,

School officials were notified today of 3 positive cases of COVID-19 at International Falls High School from tests done last week. In collaboration with the Koochiching County Health Department, direct contacts were identified and notification has been given to those individuals with instructions to quarantine for 14 days. Upon advice from legal counsel, due to privacy laws, including HIPAA and FERPA, the district cannot divulge further information regarding staff members or students.

If you have not been notified of a potential direct contact involving you or your children in school, you should continue to attend school or report to your employment assignment as normal.

Students and adults in classrooms where a positive case was detected will be notified of an infection in that classroom by phone call or text message the same day the school was informed that an infection was detected. This will allow parents the option to keep students home if they choose to do that.

Please be reminded that the protocols outlined in the International Falls Public Schools Restart Blueprint Plan are critical to the continuation of Hybrid Learning at our elementary, high school, and ALC. Each person in our community can do their part by performing daily health screenings, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and washing/sanitizing their hands frequently.

We will continue to coordinate with the Koochiching County Health Department. It is our intent to keep you informed as we continue to learn how to live in this COVID-19 environment.

Sincerely,

Kevin Grover

Superintendent of Schools


November 17, 2020

Dear ISD 361 Families,

This is Superintendent Kevin Grover. I am pleased to report that with further guidance from MDE, MDH, and local public health; ISD 361 will be able to continue with our original 2020 learning model moving forward. That means the elementary will continue in-person learning and will not go to distance learning next week. Falls High school will have the Thursday/Friday group of students back in the building effective Thursday, November 19th. All co and extracurricular activities will resume immediately. The recent executive order by Governor Walz requiring additional preparation time for teachers will reduce the days elementary students are in the building. The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month students will not be in school, please plan accordingly. This will begin November 25th. Guidance is being modified as the pandemic continues and the guiding numbers that were to be a baseline for our decision are taking less of a driving force and a more focused approach on the specific number of students, staff, and families that are affected by the pandemic in each building. I thank you for your patience and the desire is to continue to have students and staff in the building as long as it remains safe. Any questions, please contact either office.


OTHER NEWS:

Swimming Pool Closure:

Per the Governor's executive order, the International Falls swimming pool will be closed from Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:59pm thru Friday, December 18 also at 11:59 pm. The pool will be open for morning swim on Friday, Nov. 20 but, unfortunately, that will be the last open swim for 2020 as the Dec. 18 date goes right into Christmas break for the campus. We've appreciated our swimmers, our families and the patience you've shown regarding the swimming pool. We look to 2021 when the virus is hopefully behind us, to make full use of the pool and have it open as often as possible. Again, thank you for your patience.

Morning Swim Meets Returning:

Morning swim returns Thursday, Nov. 19. Times remain the same, 6.30 to 7.30 am. Please wear your masks at all times while not in the pool. Social distance, come dressed to swim leave with minimal use of the locker facilities. As cases continue to rise, our number one goal is to keep our students and their environment as safe as possible for onsite learning. Please help do your part for our students. We appreciate it and remember, stay safe.

Taekwondo Postponed Until Further Notice:

The Tuesday evening Taekwondo classes will be postponed for the moment. We will look to return once the learning model at the school returns to the hybrid or full in person learning. We appreciate your understanding.