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Keeping the Community Informed: COVID-19 Updates for Montezuma CSD

In an effort to keep students, staff, parents, and the entire community aware of how COVID-19 is impacting our district, we plan to share as much information as possible while protecting the privacy of those affected. Look to the COVID-19 page on the district website www.montezuma-schools.org daily for updates regarding the reports of positive cases for students and staff.  Data will be updated daily on the days school is in session.

Individuals identified as close contacts per the Department of Public Health will be notified about positive COVID-19 cases in the district. Appropriate actions will be taken in the district to thoroughly clean, sanitize, and disinfect any impacted areas.  Classes will continue as scheduled unless announced otherwise. 

As we continue to work together during this time, we urge our staff and families to continue to wear face coverings when in public, social distance, cover coughs, and wash hands frequently to reduce the spread of this virus.

Keeping the Community Informed - Montezuma CSD COVID-19 Dashboard

JH Football Quarantine Break

Staff, Students, Parents and Montezuma Community, 

As was stated in our Return to Learn plan earlier this fall, we anticipated positive cases this school year.  Not only bringing kids back in our building, but in general, they are just hanging out more and some of it, we simply cannot control.  We daily make decisions that are in the best overall intentions for our student body. Recently, we have had some positive tests in our 7th and 8th grades that created the need to quarantine some students based on close contact within classrooms.

Therefore, our administration moved our 7th & 8th grades to a Hybrid Model for two weeks so we could control social distancing within our classrooms by reducing class sizes.  This was not an easy decision to make but based on the current data and recommendation from Public Health, it was the decision to make.  The hope was to slow the spread in these two grades. 

This decision created the new dilemma regarding our JH sports. We again analyzed current data, recommendations from the nurse and Public Health, and met as an administrative team to determine what if any impact this would have on our JH sports season.  At this time, the decision has been made to have JH Football take a quarantine break.  Football was not the cause for other students needing to quarantine; however, with the number of students out and the cases still pending, we feel this is the best decision to follow at this time.  A two-week pause will cover the incubation period discussed by Public Health and a way to track if the Hybrid model helped slow the spread.  As we proceed, we will follow the precedence already set by the Iowa Sports Unions this summer as we differentiate between JH and HS sports.  We will look at every sport and season on a case by case basis to ensure our decisions both value the experiences and life skills learned from our extracurriculars as well as the safety and continuation of having students in-school and learning.

Montezuma’s JH Football quarantine will date back to the last time they practiced September 2nd through Tuesday, September 15th.  JH Football practices will begin again on Wednesday, September 16th, after school.  The first game will be on September 21st at Iowa Valley. 

As always, thanks for all you do and being flexible with us as we work through this school year. 

Sincerely,

Tim Burgess

Montezuma Activities Director

September 1 Update

September 1, 2020

Montezuma CSD Families and Staff,

We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation throughout our world, nation, state, and community. In doing so, I’d like to make you aware that today we learned a Montezuma CSD employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has sought medical attention, and is currently in isolation at their home. This is the first district employee or student to test positive for the virus. In support of legal/confidentiality purposes, we are not able to share more information about this individual’s medical condition.

We will remain in frequent communication with this individual in order to ensure the individual is not contagious prior to returning to work. Please continue to self-monitor your health and the health of your students and realize that there is community spread of the virus which can occur anywhere in our community. Thus, if you, or your children develop symptoms, please practice social distancing and contact your physician.

Individuals that have been determined by Poweshiek County Public Health to have been in close contact (within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 or more minutes) will receive a separate notification instructing them to quarantine and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure.  With this being said, always keep your child at home if they are ill for any reason and please contact the school.

Lastly, the school and county department of public health believes this staff member did a great job social distancing, wearing a mask, and using the proper precautions within the classroom and hallways.  

As we move forward, it is extremely important that we continue to follow the guidelines of health officials to help mitigate the spread of this virus by frequent handwashing, social distancing, monitoring symptoms, and seeking medical attention as needed.  

For additional information please see:  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Iowa Department of Public Health

Thank you for your support and partnership as we move forward in providing a safe, yet effective learning environment for our students. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your children’s building principal(s), or myself directly at 641-623-5121 or [email protected]        

Return to Learn Plan (Updated)

Montezuma Families and Stakeholders-

Linked you will find a summary of the Montezuma Community School District Return to Learn plan.  As you will see in this plan, the district plans to open school in a face to face setting with students and staff on August 25th.  We are continuing to work with various district stakeholders to develop comprehensive safety protocols and procedures to ensure that everyone has a successful start to the school year.  We are continuing to work on the details of certain parts of our day.  In the next few weeks, we will be continually providing information to staff and community stakeholders.  With all of this being said, we will continue to modify our plans as we work with local and state departments.  If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact the Montezuma School office.  As always, we thank you for your support as we work together through this process. 

Illness Guidelines from Nurse Hannah

Attached are Illness Guidelines from Nurse Hannah that Montezuma Community Schools will be following for the coming school year.

Montezuma Return to Learn Metric

District decisions on the learning models will be determined in collaboration with the Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Linked is the Return to Learn metric.

CDC and Poweshiek County Guidelines

In our effort to keep everyone healthy, Montezuma CSD is following quarantine and isolation guidelines set by the CDC and Poweshiek County public health. Please be aware that beginning August 11th 2020, if your student comes in close contact (within 6ft for 15 mins or greater) with a positive COVID-19 individual, the 14 day quarantine will affect the model of learning for your student's start of the school year. Please contact Montezuma CSD administration to discuss your student's altered first days of school in the event that you come in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual.

Thank you for your attention to this.  We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on August 25th.

Montezuma Update (8/11/20)

In our effort to keep everyone healthy, Montezuma CSD is following quarantine and isolation guidelines set by the CDC and Poweshiek County public health. Please be aware that beginning August 11th 2020, if your student comes in close contact (within 6ft for 15 mins or greater) with a positive COVID-19 individual, the 14 day quarantine will affect the model of learning for your student's start of the school year. Please contact Montezuma CSD administration to discuss your student's altered first days of school in the event that you come in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual.

Thank you for your attention to this.  We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on August 25th.

6-12 Update from Mr. Hoffman

Dear Montezuma Community - 


As we enter and start our 2020-2021 school year I know many of us have some anxieties and questions as to how things will go.  More than ever we are faced with a huge task of reopening our schools and trying our best to not only educate our students, but also keep them as safe as possible.  It has always been a top priority to keep our students safe, but obviously this year presents challenges schools have never faced.  I was encouraged to hear this report from CBS News, which I will be sharing with our staff and students when they return.  


CBS News Report on Schools Reopening 


We will do our best to communicate as we move forward.  Here is to a great 20-21 school year!  


As always, Go Braves and Bravettes and do things #TheMonteWay 


Mr. Hoffman 

6-12 Principal 

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