Medford Elementary Newsletter

2020-21 School Year Vol. 7

Please click on the important links below regarding Covid symptoms

Principal's Message

Dear Medford Elementary Families,

The Medford Elementary staff is thankful we have been able to continue with the in-person learning model into November. As things continue to change and evolve with COVID-19 numbers, we want to stay focused on our circle of influence and control the things we can control. Being positive matters; being the best version of ourselves is what makes Medford Elementary a great place to learn and grow.

Thanks for doing your part to support Medford Elementary's safety goals. Students and staff should stay home if they are showing any symptoms of an illness. Each of us need to continue to practice the 3 W's; 1) wash hands, 2) wear mask & 3) watch the 6ft of social distancing when feasible. Thank you for all you are doing as parents to help us manage the health and safety of our school community in this most unusual time. We appreciate you!

We will continue to work hard to create the best conditions for safety and social-emotional well-being and academic learning.

I look forward to seeing how the school year continues to take shape in an unfamiliar time. We are in this together. If you have any feedback on how we can improve, please call 214-6312 or email


Families are responsible for daily at home health screening prior to their student entering the school building/bus.

Use this checklist every day before your child leaves for school to determine symptoms and/or close contact/potential exposure.


If your child has any of the following symptoms it indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student's ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms.

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

  • Sore Throat

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Close contact/potential exposure:

  • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Traveled to or lived in an area where the local tribal, territorial, or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases.
  • If "Yes" is the answer to any of the questions above, keep the student at home and notify the school of your child's absence. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

Please contact our school nurse should you have any questions 507.214.6315

Please support our Fall Book Fair this year!

Coins and Camo for Calab Day is Nov. 11th!


Student Dismissal and Early Dismissal

Students are required to leave the building immediately upon dismissal (classroom dismissal times will be staggered) from school. Students who ride the bus should board the bus promptly after dismissal by a teacher. Students who walk or ride their bicycles should leave school grounds as soon as possible. Students who are waiting for parents, guardians, or baby-sitters to pick them up can wait by the Elementary office exit. Students are discouraged from being in the High School area at dismissal time.

The community will be notified through Radio Stations KDHL (920), KRFO (1390), and WCCO (830) as well as Television Stations 4, 5, 9 and 11 when weather conditions or other emergencies make it necessary to close school or start late. The Medford School District also uses an automated e-mail/voice service to communicate with families.

It is extremely important for families to have plans communicated well with their children in the event of an early dismissal at the beginning of each school year.

What will fall conferences look like this year?

Conferences this fall will be held virtually from 4:00-7:30 on November 17th and 19th. Your child's teacher will be contacting you if they haven't already to set up a time. They will also be sharing the necessary steps you should be taking to sign your child(ren) up for you to connect virtually for the conference. Be on the lookout as we approach your child's conference for any paperwork that will need to be sent home for you to use during your scheduled conference time. If you have questions, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Want to give a Shout Out?

We are inviting families to email Mr. Carlson when their child/ren have a successful experience outside of school. The celebration will then be announced at our monthly school celebrations. Ideas of things that families might want announced: winning a dance competition, moving up a belt in Tae kwon do, or excelling in a sporting event. If you have something that you would like us to recognize your child/ren for, please email

1. Child's Name

2. Child's Teacher

3. The Child's Achievement


Nov. 17: Virtual Conferences (4:00pm-7:30pm)

Nov. 19: Virtual Conferences (4:00pm-7:30pm)

Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving (No School)

Dec. 24-Jan. 3: Winter Break

Jan. 4: School Resumes

Jan. 21: End of 2nd Quarter

Jan. 22: Teacher workday (No school for students)