Congdon Park Weekly News 1/12/2022

Powerful Learning in a Peaceful Environment

No school on Monday 1/17 and Friday 1/21.


We are very short of help in the cafeteria. We welcome volunteers or feel free to apply online for a cafeteria monitor position. See below.


Please continue to monitor your children for any Covid like symptoms and keep them home if they are sick. We do have rapid at home Covid tests for students that we can send home. These are only to be used if your child is symptomatic.


The Duluth School District has made changes to Covid procedures and policies. This information can be found at the MN Dept of Health Decision Tree and the District's Safe Learning Plan, both of which are in this newsletter, as well as on our school and district websites. Please see below for specifics.

How to request homework

Due to the large amount of absences lately here is a reminder on how to request homework from your child's teacher. Please do not call the office to request homework.


If your child is going to be absent due to illness, quarantine or vacation, you may email the teacher for homework. Please plan/allow for 48 hours for the homework to be gathered. Homework can be picked up in the main lobby on the long bench with the blue cushion. Please do not come to the office.

Congdon Park PTA Baked good and local treat sign-up

Teachers will be working hard on report cards on Friday January 21st.


We are collecting baked goods and local treats for the teachers. Please sign up for an item and deliver it to the school on Thursday, January 20, no later than 6:00 pm. There will be a cart in the lobby where you can drop your items. Teachers will get to pick an item and will also receive a chair massage on January 21st. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Feel free to sign up for multiple slots if you wish. Thank you!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084FACAA2AABF94-baked

New Guidance from the CDC regarding Covid




Last week the CDC announced new guidance in regards to the COVID isolation and quarantine period. In consultation with St. Louis County Public Health, ISD709 Duluth Public Schools has reviewed this guidance and will implement the following procedures starting Friday, January 7th, 2022. The guidance is as follows:


Isolation following POSITIVE COVID-19 RESULTS

Isolate for 5 days, returning on day 6, if the positive individual wears a well fitting mask, the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.


If the positive individual cannot wear a well fitting mask or continues to have a fever or other symptoms that have not improved after 5 days of isolation. The individual will isolate for 10 days, returning on day 11.


The start date, Day 0 is the day symptoms started or the day of positive test, if no symptoms.


Optional- Testing after positive COVID-19 result:

If the individual has access to a test and wants to test toward end of their 5 day isolation period:

Positive test- continue to isolate through day 10

Negative test- end isolation


Students that are currently on a 10 Day quarantine. should contact their school's nurse. If they are asymptomatic and beyond their 5 Day period the student can return to school. Staff who are currently on a 10 Day quarantine, should follow the new guidance and consult the Districts COVID Coordinator.


Close Contact Exposure to COVID-19

Wear a well fitting mask for 10 days from the last date of exposure to the individual who tested positive for COVID-19

Monitor for symptoms for 10 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and be tested. Return to school/work once a negative test result is received. If a positive test result is received, isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms.


Testing for COVID-19 is recommended regardless of symptoms 5 days after exposure


No quarantine required if:

  • Individuals are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.

  • Individuals are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Individuals had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (tested positive using a viral test).

  • In the K-12 indoor classroom setting:

    • If both the infected individual and the exposed individual correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

Quarantine for 5 days (Day 0 is date of exposure) if:

  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccines, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.

  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.

  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

Quarantine for 10 days (Day 0 is date of exposure) if:

  • You are unable to wear a mask


Household Contact

  • If a household member has tested positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated household contacts and those in the household who have not received the recommended vaccine doses must stay home and quarantine during the positive person’s 5 day isolation period.

  • The quarantine period for the unvaccinated household contacts and those in the household who have not received the recommended vaccine doses will extend past the 5 day isolation period for an additional 5 days (total quarantine period is 10 days, returning on day 11).

  • If symptoms develop anytime during the quarantine period, the household contact should be tested for COVID-19. A negative COVID-19 test will not shorten the quarantine period. Positive test results must be reported to the school health office.

  • Household contacts who have received the recommended vaccine doses do not need to quarantine unless symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, the household contact must stay home and be tested for COVID-19.


If an individual has recently tested positive for COVID-19, the return to school or work date may be affected. The date the individual may be able to return to school or work may be sooner as long as the following are true:


  • The individual wears a well fitting mask

  • The individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication

  • Other symptoms have improved


Please contact your school health office prior to returning to school or work for an updated return date, if needed.











Potential Exposure Notification Change

With a high level of COVID-19 in our community, there is a risk of being exposed to COVID-19 everyday both at school and in the community. Because of this risk, we are asking that all staff and students consider themselves exposed to COVID-19 daily; therefore, we will no longer be sending potential exposure notification letters to staff and families when there is a positive case in a building. Please continue to monitor for COVID-19 like symptoms daily, stay home when you are sick, test for COVID-19, get vaccinated, and wear a mask.

Please send extra masks with your child

We are having lots of masks getting wet at recess. As a result, we are going through a lot of disposable masks. If you could have an extra mask or two for your student to keep at school, that would be super helpful. Thank you!

Teacher Wish List

The teachers have added quite a few new items to the Wish List sign up. Check it out HERE. Please help out if you can.

Covid exposure letters from the District will no longer be sent out.

With the high level of COVID-19 in our community, there is a risk of being exposed to COVID-19 everyday both at school and in the community. Because of this risk, we are asking that all staff and students consider themselves exposed to COVID-19 daily; therefore, we will no longer be sending potential exposure notification letters to staff and families when there is a positive case in a building. Please continue to monitor for COVID-19 like symptoms daily, stay home when you are sick, test for COVID-19, get vaccinated, and wear a mask.

2022-23 School Year Calendar is now out

Next school year's calendar is now out! You can find it by clicking HERE.

Volunteers needed in the library

Interested in helping out in the library? Click HERE to find out more.

Important Cold Weather Information

Below are our Cold Weather Reminders. Please also remember to have a contingency plan in case your child's bus route is cancelled due to driver shortages or school is cancelled.


RECESS and Crossing Guard cold weather criteria

  • There will be inside recess and no crossing guards when the wind chills or actual temperatures are colder than -17 degrees. If street corners are dangerous due to snow accumulations, Crossing Guards will not be out.
  • Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Students do great outside during their 20-25 minute recess but they need to be dressed for it!


More information can be found on the school district's website here:

https://www.isd709.org/for-parents/back-to-school/cold-snowy-weather-strategies

Clean Shoes for Gym, please

Please make sure your child has a clean pair of shoes to use at school for gym. All K-5th grade students have gym once every 4 days.

PTA January Happenings

Welcome to 2022! We are all so happy to get back to routine and regular life! Thank you so much to our teachers and staff for taking such good care of our children while they are at school.


Our next PTA meeting will be Thursday, January 13th at 6PM on zoom. Meeting link here. Meeting ID: 946 048 1234 Passcode: congdon


There are some updates to our teacher wishlist. Please check it out and see if there is anything you can fulfill.


New volunteer opportunities are available to help out during the lunch hour, especially during K & 1st grade lunches. You can stay longer if you have time. Sign up here.


Keep up with all your PTA! Check out all we are up to and become a member at our website today!

Free dental care for underserved children

APPOINTMENTS ARE OPEN!

FREE DENTAL CARE FOR UNDERSERVED CHILDREN

Friday, Feb. 4 & Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022

Give Kids a Smile is a charitable outreach program that provides free dental care to underserved children (typically ages 3-18). Dental clinics throughout the state volunteer to provide these services during Children’s Dental Health Month.

FIND A CLINIC

WHEN IS IT?
February 4 and 5, 2022
(Some clinics hold events on alternative dates.)

LOCATION?
Volunteer dental clinics across the state.

HOW ARE APPOINTMENTS MADE?
Families can locate a participating clinic by visiting www.mndental.org/gkas or by calling United Way 2-1-1 (simply dial 2-1-1). They can then contact the clinic directly to schedule an appointment.

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Community Activities - most recently added will be on the top of the list

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No school on January 21st? No problem. Your kids, ages 5-12, can spend the day with UMD KIDSROCK Camp experiencing a day filled with fun winter activities. Sledding, ice skating, snowman-building, cookie-decorating, winter crafting and sipping on hot cocoa are just a few of the fun activities this single day of camp entails! Event registration is limited to 32 children, so sign up early by calling the RSOP Office at (218) 726-7128, registering online or stopping in!

Friday, January 21, 7:30AM - 5:30PM

Register By: 12:00PM, Thursday, January 20

We Provide: Winter activities, Programming and a Snack

You Provide: Proper clothing for the weather, Lunch for your child/children

Location: Bagley Classroom

Cost: $40

REGISTER ONLINE


BEGIN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE AT THE RENTAL CENTER


We have skis, skates, snowshoes, fat-tire bikes, sleds and more!

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