August 26, 2020
Dear YME Sting Families,
I hope you are all safe and healthy as we look forward to the start of the 2020-21 school year.
At our school board meeting on Monday night, the YME School Board approved a resolution to designate our base learning model for the 2020-21 school year as ‘in-person instruction.’ The rationale used to choose the base learning model is founded in a number of inputs that helped ensure the safety of our students and staff.
We are continuously monitoring data received from a number of agencies including transmission and positive case counts in our area. When considering this information and a recommendation from the Incident Command Team, the school board established the base learning model as 'in-person' for PreK-12 students. This was based primarily (but not solely) upon the declining numbers evident in our 14-day positive case data provided to us by 4:00 every Thursday afternoon (last three weeks = 12.16, 9.12, 6.08).
The data considered by the school board, incident command team, and administration included 14-day positive case data, daily case data, countryside public health data, and zip code data. We will also need to be mindful of the information that is shared with us directly by MDH, including the possibility of single events resulting in the requirement to change models.
It is important to note that this is a very fluid situation and every attempt will be made to give students and families as much advance notice of changes as possible. But, please be ready to shift on short notice. We ask for your continued support throughout this challenging time.
Please review the 2020-2021 YME Return To Learn Plan and The YME Reopening Schools Overview Presentation. If you have questions or concerns reach out to me or your building administrative staff:
Lisa Hansen, Bert Raney Elementary Principal
Ryan Luft, Middle/High School Principal