Superintendent Update & COVID-19 Report – May 27, 2021

on May 27, 2021

Message from Superintendent letterhead

May 27, 2021

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families and staff,

It has been a busy few weeks in Monroe-Woodbury as we have adjusted to being present in the buildings five days a week. I could not be more proud of our students and staff and the resiliency and flexibility they have shown, not only in recent weeks, but throughout this school year. We have certainly learned the true meaning of teamwork.

Thank you for doing your part each and every day.

COVID-19 Report

This week’s COVID-19 report includes cases confirmed from Thursday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 26, 2021. 

  • 2 Middle School students (Cohort D)
  • 1 High School student (Cohort D)

Contact tracing has been completed. 

Extreme Temperatures

As we turn the calendar to June, summer weather brings increasingly warmer days. If extreme heat (approximately 90 degrees or higher) and high humidity is forecast, the district may choose to shift to fully remote instruction for students and staff if necessary. The only exception would be the air-conditioned high school, which would remain in-person.

Our goal is to provide students and staff a safe, comfortable learning environment. Temperature control in our schools due to extreme heat conditions is always challenging at this time of year. What makes it even more difficult this school year is the mask wearing requirement, which remains in place for everyone in the school buildings. 

The district will make a decision on a case-by-case basis and we will do our best to provide families with as much advance notice as possible if there is a need to shift to fully remote. As always, our preference is to have students present in our schools. 

Please make sure your student comes to school prepared for the warmer weather. Students should wear lightweight clothing and stay hydrated. Staff will be monitoring students while they are in the building and will provide mask breaks and other options for cooling down as needed.

Recognition 

In recent weeks, the district has recognized various departments for their work with our students. I want all members of the M-W school family to know the important role they play in helping the district run smoothly, especially during this extraordinary school year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your commitment to our students and families.

Memorial Day

Just a reminder that M-W schools will be closed on Friday, May 28 and Monday, May 31 in honor of Memorial Day. Students and staff will return to the buildings on Tuesday, June 1. M-W remembers and honors those military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools