JA Cub Report

Weekly Report #32: Friday, April 23, 2021

Student of the Month

6th Grade

Carter Blanchette

Waithira Mbuthia

Piper Sigrist

Jarek Woods

Hailey Papenfus

Konur Knudson

Savannah Kruger

Grady Lanz

Claranna Ostman

Reise Lundberg

Kaleigh Risser

Kaia Nedland

Jamal Salad

Sawyer Deters

Jamarius Evans

7th Grade

Sadaq Ahmed

Andre Flores

Maysen Pettingill

Elsie Atwood

Elise Adams

Alvin Noiheuan

Nalia Orm

Awut Akur

Rayan Mohamed

Savanah Johnson

Avyon Phingpha

Nyla Hill

Israa Saber

Mabok Mabok

8th Grade:

Justin Hernandez Lara

Amir Omrani

Darica Sovaan

Catraia Blair

Paige Hershberger

Kitale Morbe

Brian Rodriguez

Jaxsen Flatt

Daelyn Williams

Lucuz Chhith

Allan Grunwald

Syrus Ames

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Reminder: Reporting Absences

  1. Due to Illness: When reporting your student’s absence, please make sure to list all symptoms your child is experiencing. A John Adams staff member will then notify you of your student’s date of return to school per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. Please watch for emails regarding your student’s absence.
  2. Per usual school year, continue to call the office so we can track regular attendance 328-5710. This is important as we continue to create and sustain a safe learning environment.

Yearbook Portraits if missed Picture Day

If you missed picture day and would like to send in a portrait of your child for the yearbook, please send to brkappers@rochesterschools.org:

  • First and Last Name, Grade
  • jpeg, tiff, or png file format


TODAY Olmsted County Public Health (OCPH) is hosting their first COVID vaccine clinic for ages 16 and 17.

  • District messaging was sent on Mon 4/12 to all families with students ages 16 and 17 providing them the opportunity to schedule a vaccine appointment.
  • Appointments were first come, first served.
  • All slots are full for today.
  • Minor consent forms are required and were emailed to the family upon registration.
  • OCPH is working on additional opportunities for this age group in the near future.


MDH recommends that all school-age youth returning to school, sports, or extracurricular activities get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year.

RPS has shared this information with parents as an additional mitigation strategy to support keeping our school community healthy and safe. There is no expectation or requirement that students receive a surveillance COVID-19 saliva test.

Per MDH directive, students will now be able to send their Vault-at-Home tests back to the lab through their schools.


  • Students or families order tests through the Vault-at-Home program: (remember tests are no costs to Minnesota residents).
  • Students complete their test at home.
  • Students seal their sample tube and place it in the biohazard bag. The biohazard bag then gets sealed in the shipping bag that came with the test. The shipping label sticker is attached to the bag.
  • Students bring their sealed shipping bag with the shipping label to school on your designated onsite testing day.

To help students comply with MDH’s bi-weekly testing guidance and use at-home tests as a screening tool:

  • Students should test on the same schedule as staff (a specific day every other week).
  • Students will need to have a Vault-at-Home kit on hand at home to complete and bring to school on staff testing day.
  • Once students receive notice that their sample is being processed at the lab, they can order another Vault-at-Home kit for the next screening day.
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  • Students must have a mask on to ride the bus. The bus company's supply of masks has been depleted in the last two weeks of school. Riders may be denied access to the bus without a mask.
  • All buses are required to have seating charts for contact tracing purposes.
  • Secondary: Seats will be assigned and name plates on seats created using a duct tape system.

Food and Drink

  • NO Food Deliveries for students-GrubHub, Mr. Pizza, etc.
  • Students should bring a refillable water bottle
  • Drinking fountains will be bottle filling only
  • Raise or lower mask to drink; return mask to the appropriate position
  • Students may not bring snacks
  • No food or beverages should be shared at breakfast or lunch
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Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures @ John Adams Middle School

Student pick-up and drop-off are two very busy times of day at John Adams! In order to keep all families safe (and to limit frustration), please follow these procedures from 7:15-7:40 and 1:30-until all busses are gone.

Doors open at 7:25 a.m. Students will social distance outside until 7:25 a.m.

  • Door 1 – Grade 6
  • Door 2 – Grade 7
  • Door 9 – Grade 8

Students then enter the building and go to their classrooms. Students will eat breakfast in their first hour classrooms. If a student has first hour Science or Phy Ed class, they are required to eat their breakfast in the cafeteria/auditorium. The main circle / turn around near the main entrance is reserved for buses ONLY before/after school.

If you drive your child to John Adams, refer to the diagram (above) to understand expected traffic patterns. Cars entering/dropping off students should enter the parking lot on the east side of the building in the entrance only and let students out at the curb side of the parking lot next to the building. End of day, buses will utilize the curb area all the way to the stop sign on 31st Street. Handicap parking is available in the front of the John Adams Parking lot.

When waiting for your child after school, please be aware that other cars are arriving and leaving behind you. Good drop off and pick up areas are marked with a star on the map.

CAUTION. While we work to get all students to use crosswalks, this does not always happen. Be alert to students who may be crossing outside of crosswalks!

Expectations for Distance Learners

  • Distance Learning students will follow along live, provided short bursts of instruction, and/or offered activities to complete on their own.
  • We will follow an 8-period day. This means all students, whether in-person or DL, will attend each class (periods 1-8) daily.
  • Your teachers will use Google Classroom to communicate the plan for the day and for the week. The most difficult adjustment will be to the 8-period day.
  • DL students can use their Target time for work completion or ask teacher to meet with them to provide supplemental support for some assignments.
  • The school day will be 7:40 am – 2 pm.
  • Pay attention to the A-B calendar listed below.
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Health Screening: Before coming to school, staff and students should answer the screening questions provided in the At-Home COVID Screening Tool.

Face Coverings


1. Policy – Staff and students are required to wear face coverings in accordance with School Board Policy 808 during all programming. Staff are strongly encouraged to wear face shields, in addition to masks, when interacting with others. At this time, face shield requirements for individuals providing direct student support services has not changed.

  • "Face covering" is defined as any paper or disposable mask, cloth face mask, medical-grade mask, medical grade respirator, or religious face covering that covers the nose and mouth completely in accordance with CDC guidance. Masks with valves, mesh, openings, holes, vents, or visible gaps in the material do not qualify as face coverings.
  • Bandanas do not qualify as face coverings.
  • Inside school buildings and district offices
  • On school grounds where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Onboard school transportation

2. Exemptions

  • Any person having trouble breathing
  • If the person is unconscious
  • Any person incapacitated or unable to remove covering without assistance
  • Intolerance to face covering due to developmental, medical, or behavioral health conditions

Social Distancing

Requirements as of 2/17/21 – Students must maintain 6ft of physical distance from one another whenever feasible.

When 6ft cannot be met: minimum of 3ft must be maintained.

1. Classroom

  • Desks must be 6’ apart, if possible, minimum 3’ apart
  • Minimal movement about the classroom
  • Minimal leaving the classroom during class time
  • Plexiglass barriers

2. Hallway

  • Restrooms – will be closed during passing time and before school
  • Restroom visits - documented during class time
  • Passing Time – maintain 6’ of social distance when possible, minimum of 3'
  • Lockers – Lockers will not be used at this time

3. Outside

  • Maintain Social Distancing
  • Masks are to be worn on school grounds, where social distancing cannot be maintained



  • If students become symptomatic in class/at school
  • Do NOT send student to health office
  • Call Health Office to report symptoms
  • Wait for designated escort to come to classroom
  • If a student reports a positive COVID result in class (family or self)
  • Ask student if they are experiencing any symptoms
  • Report information to JA COVID Coordinators (Goetz & Goetz)

COVID Vaccines Available through Community Health Services

COVID Vaccines are available for individuals in categories listed below through Community Health Services located at 1926 Collegeview Rd SE, Door H13. You do not need to be a patient of theirs to qualify - Please reserve a spot by calling (507) 529-0503 for ongoing available appointments. Documentation of your specific situation is not required, they will simply ask if you fall into one of the categories below and your word will suffice:

Vaccines are for people age 18+ in these categories:

  • Minority population groups
  • Low income individuals
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Vulnerable individuals
  • LGBTQI+ individuals
  • Homebound seniors
  • Individuals with housing insecurity/homelessness Those who are uninsured or underinsured Individuals with no primary care provider Agricultural Workers


Domestic Travel: RPS does not currently require quarantine for travel within the U.S.; this includes domestic air travel.

International travel: RPS follows OCPH guidance for quarantine for international travel.

OCPH advises you get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If you test positive, stay home and isolate yourself to protect others.

If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

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To request a library book, fill out the form found in ClassLink under the Library/Media tab. Once completed hit Submit.

Book deliveries will occur every Tuesday and Friday from 11-2 pm. These will be delivered by John Adams staff members. We will simply be doing deliveries like Federal Express. We will leave on your step and ring the doorbell.

To aide you with the selection of a book, I recommend using the John Adams online catalog found within ClassLink under the Library/Media tab. When you find a title you want to request, make sure under the Status column that it says it’s available.

Questions? Send me an email: paguenzler@rochester.k12.mn.us

Thanks! Mrs. Guenzler

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Mr. Brant Goetz


"You must believe in yourself if you expect others to believe in you." -John Wooden