Hayfield Schools to change safe learning model due to rise in COVID-19 cases in Dodge County

In a letter sent to Hayfield Area School staff and parents Sunday, Superintendent Greg Slaathaug stated that the school is making changes to its Safe Learning Model after a rise in cases in the county. As of October 8th in Dodge County, the 14-day case rate per 10,000 for September 13th-26th is 38.87.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, any increase in case incidence can represent a greater risk, but schools may consider a 14-day case rate of 10 or more cases per 10,000 to be an elevated risk of disease transmission within the local community.  

The letter from Superintendent Slaathaug indicated that based on information from Dodge County Public Health, the school will be moving grades 7-12 into hybrid learning starting Monday, October 19th.  All students Pre-K through 12th grade will have in-person learning Oct. 12. There will be no school for all students both Tuesday and Wednesday. The school will be using that time to prepare the teachers and for cleaning the school. SACC will be open all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

Students were already scheduled to have no school both Thursday and Friday for MEA.

Superintendent Slaathaug stated that additional details for the 7-12 hybrid plan will be announced Tuesday afternoon.