Medford Elementary Newsletter

2020-2021 School Year Vol. 12

Hello Medford Elementary Families,

It is hard to believe we are already in the month of February. Our students and staff have done an awesome job of transitioning back to our In-Person Learning Model. We are excited and grateful to have our students back in the building. We are working hard to ensure safety precautions are taken every day; hand washing and mask wearing are a big priority everyday! The more we do to support these guidelines, the more likely we are to remain safe and healthy.

February is "I Love to Read Month" The events that have taken place in the past have always been a great way for us to connect with each other and a wonderful opportunity for your children to show off their Reading skills! Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to rethink these events. We have planned for these events in a modified fashion and you will be hearing about certain activities taking place this month very soon if you haven't already.

Remember school starts each day at 8:12 am and ends at 3:01 pm. Please wait until as close to 8:00 am to drop off students as they will be outside in the mornings if mother nature allows. After school pick up times will remain staggered for the foreseeable future.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to to me at 214.6312, or email at

Thank you for all you do!

What will Spring Conferences look like?

Conferences this spring will once again be held virtually from 4:00-7:30 on March 2nd and 4th. 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.


Winter Clothing: Are you ready? It is the time to establish the routine of wearing coats, hats and gloves to school. Students will continue to be outside before school starts, as well as during their daily recess break. Please develop a routine that has your child check the weather and temperature so he/she can be ready for the weather conditions of the day. Be sure to check the lost and found if anything comes up missing!

Helpful Resources for Questions Regarding Quarantining

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently came out with some quarantine options under certain conditions. A 10 day quarantine will now be a possibility for our staff and students under certain conditions. We will still work each case individually. Attached are some helpful links that explain the criteria for people to be considered for a 10 day quarantine. The 14 day quarantine is still the standard but for people who met the minimum exposure criteria, this possibility may be welcome.

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.
  • 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 the elementary office should you have any questions 507.214.6310


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.

Medford Elementary

Where Every Student Counts, and Every Moment Matters!