MVESD Letter and Waiver to Return to In-Person Learning

9/14/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 The health and safety of your child at school is our top priority.

 Our job is to work with you to help keep children and their teachers healthy. We also want you to clearly understand the risks and what we’re doing about them, so you can make the best decision for your family.

 Attached to this letter is a legal document called a waiver. Like many legal papers, it can be hard to understand and even a little worrisome. Below I will explain the waiver and how it affects you.

 Although MVESD #16 is taking many steps to protect your child from the spread of COVID-19 (as outlined in our MVESD Road Map for Re-Entry, located on our website), it is impossible to reduce the risk to zero. As an example, a child may contract COVID-19 outside of school, show no symptoms at all, and unintentionally infect a classmate.

 By signing the waiver, you’re agreeing not to make a legal claim against the district if your child gets sick. It’s another way of acknowledging that no matter how hard we try, we cannot control every environmental variable.

 By signing the waiver, you’re also agreeing that when your child leaves home to attend class in-person, they are not sick, and especially, that they are not running a fever. You are agreeing, too, to keep your child at home if they show any of these symptoms:

 

·         Fever of 100.4°F or higher

·         Chills

·         Cough

·         Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

·         Fatigue

·         Muscle or body aches

·         Headache

·         New loss of taste or smell

·         Sore throat

·         Congestion or runny nose

·         Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

·         Any other symptom of illness, whether or not you believe it’s related to COVID-19


Yes, it’s a long list of symptoms, but our hope is that, if everyone does their part, we can avoid unnecessary risks at school.

 Finally, the waiver means that you are agreeing to keep your child at home if they have had a positive COVID-19 test.

We know this is a difficult time, so we’re working hard to make many educational options available to you and keep you fully informed. In that spirit, if you have questions or need more information, feel free to contact us anytime. We would be happy to talk things through with you.

 Thank you in advance for doing your part to make sure every child stays safe and healthy as we return to in-person instruction.  We appreciate you being part of our educational family.  We are working hard to return safer and stronger for you!

With much appreciation,

Cole Young

Link to Our Road Map for Re-Entry: https://5il.co/jtv2