Medford Elementary Newsletter

2020-21 School Year - Vol. 3

Dear Medford Elementary Families,

The past four days have been a JOY to welcome your students back through the halls of Medford Elementary. Our children's laughs and smiles make a building a school.

As we have shared with our students this week, the processes of school do look different this year, but much of what we do is still the same. We still have great teachers creating amazing learning opportunities for students. We are choosing a positive attitude and will celebrate our return to our school by turning any potential 'lemons' into 'lemonade.'

Thank you for preparing your child each day with a positive outlook, too. Overwhelmingly, our students have done an excellent job of learning the new procedures to move in the building, wearing their masks, and washing/sanitizing their hands more regularly.

Below, I would like to share a few updates to our procedures that may impact elementary parents/ guardians.

Please continue to reach out if you have questions.

It's a great day to be a Tiger!

Josh Carlson

Elementary Principal

Check out these helpful reminders regarding our new parking lot!

  • If you plan to park and get out of your vehicle, please use the parking lot. Do not park in the pick up drop off lanes.

  • The inside lane nearest the curb is for picking up and dropping off. This lane extends from the mouth of the bus corral all the way past the front of the high school. Please use the entire lane. It is okay to drop your elementary child off in front of the high school. They can walk to their meeting spot.

  • Please follow the signage and arrows that are painted on the driving surfaces. Driving the wrong way down a one way can be dangerous and embarrassing.

Overall, things went well and we thank you for your patience and willingness to make this new parking lot design work. Next week we will add kindergarten to the mix so be prepared for additional vehicles. The parking lot is designed for continuous flow so please keep that in mind.

Thank You

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Rules to follow if your child is riding the bus this year.

1. Are students required to wear masks on the bus?

Yes, students are required to wear a mask while riding the bus.

2. What will busses look like?

Bus capacity will be at 50% capacity when we are in the hybrid and in-person learning model to meet social distancing requirements. Masks are required.

3. Where are students NOT allowed to sit?

Students should not sit in a seat marked with a yellow X.

4. How should students enter and exit the bus?

Students should load from back to front and unload from front to back.

5. Can siblings sit together in the same seat?

Yes, siblings can and must sit together.

6. What happens when the buses arrive at the school each morning?

Students must remain seated at the school and wait to unload until directed by the driver.

Medford Elementary Learning Models & Scheduling Plan 2020-21

Please click on link below for important information regarding Medford Elementary's 3 Learning Models.

Do you qualify for a free chromebook?

As families prepare to resume distance learning this fall, Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) is here to help! By using both the K-12 Education Tax Credit and scholarship dollars from Youthprise, we’re committed to getting even more Minnesota families a Chromebook. Please click on the link below to see if you qualify.

Daily Home Screening Process

Families will be 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
  • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with person under quarantine for possible exposure to SARS-CoV-2
  • Traveled to or lived in an area where the local tribal, territorial, or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases
  • Lives in areas of high community transmission while the school remains open

  • 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

Important Dates on the Horizon:

Sept. 14: First day of classes for Kindergarten

Oct. 15-16: Education MN Convention (No School)

Nov. 5: End of Quarter #1

Nov. 6: 1/2 Staff Development Day 1/2 Workday (No School)

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

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

Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving (No School)

Medford Elementary

Where every student counts, and every moment matters.