Jefferson Parent Newsletter

December 2021


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November Student of the Month and Specialists Students of the Month

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Hello Jefferson Families, we are trying to make pick up and drop off more safe and efficient. Please watch the following videos to see the correct procedures for pick up and drop off before and after school. Thank you!




Rice County Public Health will host a vaccination clinic for those five and older from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Faribault Middle School. Youth must be registered with parent/guardian consent or have a parent/guardian present. Preregistration is encouraged, but walk-in appointments will also be available.

Click here to preregister and for more information:

Or call: 507-332-6111

Mental Health Corner Newsletter from our Jefferson Social Workers. Click on the link:

Spanish Translated mental Health Disorders -

Please click on the link provided below.


Thank you to everyone who attended this morning's First Graders, Families and Fun event. Students and families ate breakfast, read books together, and disguised a turkey. Every first grader and sibling received a book to take home! The first grade team loved getting families into the building; we hope to see everyone again very soon!

Balloons Over Broadway

First grade students have been doing a cross curricular unit learning about the history of the Macy's Day Thanksgiving parade, Tony Sarg (the man who invented the parade balloons), helium, and designing their own balloon. Today they went through Jefferson classrooms and had their own Thanksgiving parade.

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Be the Change – Tutor Math!

In Minnesota, nearly half our students are not proficient in math. You can make a difference by giving your time and talent to help students build their skills and confidence! Tutors work with pairs of students during school hours throughout the school year. No matter if you’re a recent grad, career changer, stay-at-home parent or retiree, you can make a great tutor. No experience? No problem. Tutors receive great training, so they are well equipped to help students grow. Part-time and full-time positions are available.

Opportunities begin in January 2022

Perks as a Tutor * Build your skills, network, and resume

*Receive a paid stipend every two weeks

* Earn up to $3,172 for college tuition or student loans.

Tutors 55 and older may gift the award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child.

Learn more at


There is a lost and found container in the main entryway of the school.

Please check this out if you are missing any items.

Updated COVID-19 Testing Procedure

The Minnesota Department of Health has updated the COVID-19 testing process for the 2021-2022 school year. All of our existing COVID-19 Vault saliva test-kits have been transitioned by MDH to "at-home Zoom enabled" tests. The COVID-19 saliva tests must be done at home via Zoom and returned to the school building within 24 hours to be shipped to Vault Laboratory (please note: if you take a kit home on a Friday, it must be completed on Sunday and returned to the health office on Monday). Results can take 48-72 hours and will be shared directly with the individual who tested via email.

The following groups of people can participate in this optional testing:

  • Unvaccinated individuals (students/staff) can test anytime - up to one test per week
  • Vaccinated individuals (students/staff) can test if they're experiencing COVID related symptoms or have been identified as a close contact

Please call or visit the health office in your building to pick up an at-home test kit.


Dear Falcon Learning Community:

Our commitment to you is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Jefferson Elementary. We will provide these general notifications each week on 11/19/2021. and will include the total number of cases reported in our school during the previous week. These notifications include cases involving students and staff.

For this week, Friday to Friday we have been notified of 1 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school.

Our district supports personal responsibility to follow the Minnesota Department of Health Recommendations for Handling a Confirmed Case of COVID-19. Please note, per this document, "In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time." (page 4)

  • Everyone who has a lab-confirmed positive COVID is encouraged to reach out to those individuals they determine to be close contacts.

  • All people in our learning environments should assume personal responsibility for their health and safety.

  • Universal precautions for interactions such as quarantining/isolation and testing are strongly recommended.

  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 frequently.

  • If you are sick, you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to stay home until your symptoms have improved.

  • Quarantine is strongly recommended if you are unvaccinated and a household member is positive.

  • Reporting of positive cases to the program/school is required.

We understand that positive cases may create unease in our community. We are asking all members of our community to minimize the spread of illness by following the above guidelines and protocols.

We will get through this together as a community and will be stronger when we emerge.

FHS 5 -FMS 8- JEFF 1- LINC 2 -ROOS 6 -MCK 0- ALC 3- FEC 0--- DO 0

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You may be eligible for advance payments of your child tax credit

Advance payments of the 2021 child tax credit are being made regularly through December to eligible families. The advance payments total up to 50% of the credit. To learn more, visit
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Face coverings required starting Wednesday, Sept. 22

At a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 20, the Faribault Public Schools board voted

to approve the district follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to

require indoor masking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under these new guidelines, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, face coverings will

be required for all students (5 and older) and staff in schools and district

buildings until the Rice County COVID-19 case rate falls to below 50 cases per

100,000 residents. The current Rice County case rate is 261.

The following face coverings are acceptable: paper or disposable masks, cloth face

mask, scarf, neck gaiter, bandana, religious face covering, and medical-grade masks

and respirators.

Those requesting a religious or medical exemption can contact your building


The CDC’s masking recommendation is supported by Rice County Public Health and

Mayo Clinic. Additionally, nearly 70 local doctors, nurse practitioners and physician

assistants have endorsed indoor masking as a way to help limit the spread of


In addition to reviewing information provided by public health experts, the board

also monitored situations in other school districts without masking requirements

where outbreaks forced large numbers of students to go into quarantine. By

following the CDC’s masking recommendation, the board hopes Faribault Public

Schools can avoid any disruptions to learning, and keep students and staff safe,

healthy, and in the classroom.

Health Office Absence Procedures

Students are expected to stay home and will be asked to go home if any of the conditions below are present:

  • A fever over 100 degrees (stay home 24 hours after temperature is back to normal without fever reducing medicine)

  • Vomiting or diarrhea (stay home 24 hours after last episode)

  • A new persistent cough that occurs multiple times a day

  • Any undiagnosed rash

  • Strep throat (return to school 12 hours after antibiotics are started)

  • Any undiagnosed draining wounds

  • A positive COVID 19 test (stay home (isolate) until all three of the following are true: it’s been 10 days from symptom onset or date of test, and their symptoms have improved, and they have had no fever for 24 hours)

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Infinite Campus Parent Portal

A reminder for Faribault Public Schools families:

It’s important that you log into your Parent Portal account at the beginning of every school year to update your information and complete once-a-year verifications and permissions. Here’s what you need to do to update your Parent Portal account:

  • Log in on a computer (not a mobile device)

  • Click “More” in the left column menu

  • Click “Click here to go to Existing Student Verification”

  • ‘Click “Begin”

  • Review your information, make updates, and complete your verifications and permissions

  • Click SUBMIT to complete the verification process

Be sure to click “Next” to move forward. Click “Save and Continue” if you have to leave Parent Portal before finishing and if the “Next” button is no longer available.

If there are items you are unable to change, please contact your child’s school office after you complete the above process.

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Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping, at no extra cost?

Simply start your shopping at to confirm "Faribault Area Public Schools Educational Trust Association" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.


For regular activities updates on your phone, download the


Arrival and Dismissal Times:

Classes begin at 8:15 am and conclude at 2:55 pm. Students who do not ride the bus should arrive at 8:00 am.

School is dismissed at 2:55 pm. Students need to be picked up promptly. Students are not allowed to play on the equipment after school, they are to go directly home.

Please do not leave your car unattended at the curb during drop-off / pick up times or block driveways. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please call the attendance line if your child is absent for any reason.

Before 7:30 am


After 7:30 am