The Roosevelt Reader
Weekly Newsletter For January 24-28
Although the number of positive Covid cases is on the rise in our community, our goal continues to be to remain in in-person learning. Roosevelt is a special place, and every day that we get to open the doors to welcome our incredible students into our school is a gift. Many people are working extremely hard to make sure in-person learning can continue. Bus drivers, food service staff, and our custodians have been spread thin and are being asked to do more than usual. Our school nurse and secretaries have experienced increased workloads and stress. We are extremely grateful for our substitute teachers and paras for covering when our usual staff needs to be out. And, because there are usually not enough subs, I am thankful for the willingness of our teachers and staff to take on extra responsibility, cover for each other, and ensure every student is learning at school every day no matter what. This has not been easy for anyone, but I am extremely proud of the people who work at Roosevelt, and throughout Faribault Public Schools, for stepping up every day!
In order to keep in-person learning going, please make sure you are taking steps to keep you, your family, and those in our community as safe and healthy as possible. We are all in this together, and if we work together there is nothing we can't achieve! Best wishes for a great week.
Important Upcoming Dates
Thursday, January 27 - Picture Retakes
Tuesday, February 1 - CARES Student of the Month Breakfast
Tuesday, February 1 - I Love To Read Month Begins
February 2 - Walk To School Day (We will walk from City View Park at 7:40 AM)
Thursday, February 17 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-8:30)
Friday, February 18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (8:00-11:30)
Thursday, February 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-8:30)
Sign Up For Parent-Teacher Conferences Today!
It is Paraprofessional Recognition Week! Thank you, Paras For All You Do For Our Students!
Take Home Rapid Tests Have Been Sent Home With Students; Additional Tests Are Available For Students Based On Need
A Rapid at-home COVID-19 test kit was sent home with all students who were in attendance on Friday last week. If your child was absent that day, they will get their free test kit when they return to school. These test kits are being offered to students at no cost by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Additional test kits are available for student use if needed.
Please note: This test provided by the Minnesota Department of Health requires an electronic device with internet access, and the directions are only provided in English. If you do not have a device with internet access or you need a test with instructions in Spanish or Somali, please contact your school for an alternative brand of test.
MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest regular testing can help identify new cases and their contacts early, which can prevent spread in the classroom and the community. If you or your child test positive, refer to the district’s Faribault COVID Protocols for additional steps, including notifying your school, and the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Decision Tree.
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)
Weekly Positive Case Rate at Roosevelt
Our commitment to you is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Roosevelt Elementary. We will provide general notifications each week of the total number of cases reported in our school during the previous week. These notifications include cases involving students and staff.
For the past week (Friday, Jan. 14 to Friday, Jan. 21) we have been notified of 12 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school.