Friday Message Oct. 30

Good luck to the football team as they try for a 5-0 start to the season tonight. It is senior night and our last scheduled home game. Good luck to the girl’s cross country team, they compete for a state title on Saturday.

As open communication is so important, I just wanted to take a brief moment to bring all of you up to speed on where things stand throughout Assumption Catholic Schools at this time.
We have had a few positive cases of covid-19 among staff and students but more of the impact has been with the quarantining of those deemed close contacts. To date, I am not aware of anyone who was exposed at school who subsequently tested positive. It is reassuring to know that the safety measures we have taken seem to be effective, however we continue needing to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Systemwide, we will continue to prioritize in-person instruction five days a week, pivoting classes or parts of classes to remote instruction, if needed, based on staffing or positive cases. Our goal remains to try to be in person for instruction as much as possible, but we will not pursue that if we feel it is not in the best interest and safety of our staff and students.
We ask that you please help us, especially in these times of record-breaking positive numbers throughout our state and community, by doing what you can outside of school to limit the exposure of you and your children. If you have any concerns about someone in your family possibly being exposed, please stay home. We all have to do our part to stop the spread. I hope you will join us in taking the same precautions.
If your student is remote learning for any reason or length of time, we encourage you to take advantage of the free breakfasts and lunches that we are able to provide, regardless of your household income. Through the federal government, this program is open to anyone in your household 18 and under, including kids not in school yet. Please reach out to your building principal for information on at home meals.
The public health department is overwhelmed right now and it is incumbent upon all of us to internally help identify if we are a close contact and to take appropriate action.
If anyone in your family has ANY symptoms we highly recommend getting tested and keeping everyone at home if at all possible. We understand that each family situation is different and know that you all are doing your best. Information on testing sites can be obtained from local medical offices and Wood County Health.
We continue to work hard to provide a quality education both remote and in person. We hear your appreciation for us being in person 5 days a week whenever we are able to do so, but keeping us at that level requires all of us being extremely conscientious. With all of us working together, we will continue to have a successful school year.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or the building principal at any time.
In Christ’s Peace
Daniel Minter
Assumption Catholic Schools