Schoolwide mask mandate effective Friday, 9/24

Dear Nerstrand Families,

At the August 30th Nerstrand Board of Directors Special meeting it was decided by vote that should Faribault School District move to a mask mandate, Nerstrand School would follow this mandate. At a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 20, the Faribault Public Schools board voted to approve that 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 Friday, September 24th, face coverings will be required for all students (5 and older) and staff at Nerstrand School 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, and medical-grade masks and respirators. Those requesting a religious or medical exemption can contact the office via email: barb@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us or maggie@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

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 COVID-19.

In addition to reviewing information provided by public health experts, the Faribault School Board and the Nerstrand ICT team has 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 Nerstrand Board of Directors and Nerstrand ICT Team hopes Nerstrand Public Charter School can avoid any disruptions to learning, and keep students and staff safe, healthy, and in the classroom.

Our COVID-19 protocols page has been updated with more detail. Please review.

Sincerely,
Maggie