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Covid Update

September 08, 2021
By Dr. Jeremy Wallace

COVID UPDATE:
With the rise in local COVID cases, I wanted to give a COVID-specific update. As I mentioned last week, we are thankful for the limited impact COVID has had on our school year thus far. We have been able to have all events and activities that were originally on our calendar. In fact, we currently only have two confirmed COVID cases within our student body.

Here is some COVID-related information.

WHAT WE ARE DOING
1- Contact Tracing: Even though the public schools are not currently conducting contact tracing with their students, we still are. I believe this is still a wise step for us to take.
2- School Nurse: One of our two nurses are on campus throughout each school day. All day-to-day COVID decisions are made with their input.
3- Data: We receive daily information from the CDC, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the local Health Department. We also frequently receive input from local doctors.
4- Cleaning: We are still conducting routine cleaning. This includes using an electrostatic sprayer to disseminate hospital grade disinfectant in classrooms and hallways (after hours).
5- Hand Sanitizer: We have hand sanitizer stations mounted throughout our facilities, and elementary students are taken multiple times a day to wash their hands.
6- Masks: Masks are optional. If a student prefers to wear a mask, they are certainly welcome to do so. We have no plans to institute a mask mandate.
7- Our Commitment: We are committed to being on campus as much as possible and operating as closely to normal as we can. I firmly believe our students need social interaction and face-to face instruction.

THE CURRENT IMPACT ON MCS
Substitute Teachers: The biggest impact COVID has had on MCS is that we have a limited number of substitute teachers. That, coupled with a higher need for subs, occasionally creates staffing issues. We are diligently working to address this challenge. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher, the substitute application can be found HERE.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Symptom Awareness: The best way you can help us is by keeping your student(s) at home if they have COVID symptoms. It is easy to assume that symptoms are the result of a cold or allergies, and many times they are. However, only sending your student(s) to school once you are certain it is not COVID will help ensure we are able to remain on campus.

While there has been much in the news about the rise of COVID cases and the impact of COVID on public schools, we are thankful for the limited number of cases and the limited impact it has had on MCS. I am fully aware that this
is not guaranteed to continue and can change in a moment’s notice. We will continue taking the steps we are taking and if circumstances change, we will adjust and handle it accordingly.

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