Bagley Superintendent Comments on Latest Recommendations from Minnesota Department of Education; Staff Burnout Effects Both Small and Large Schools
By: Mary Balstad firstname.lastname@example.org
Bagley, MN – As the winter holiday approaches, concerns over illness are heightened by the current pandemic. The regular flu season filled with coughing, stuffed sinuses and high fevers can be further exasperated as these symptoms could also indicate an infection of the COVID-19 virus. One area that the Minnesota state government has focused on recommending safety measures is in schools. Superintendent of the Bagley School district Eric Heise commented on the recent letter sent out to Minnesota families by the Minnesota Department of Education. The letter emphasized important steps to mitigate the spreading of COVID-19, such as social distancing, wearing a mask and getting the vaccine if possible. The commissioner’s letter also aimed to be transparent with Minnesota families about resources and recommendations made available to schools. Superintendent Heise gave his thoughts on this latest move from the state department.
COVID numbers are rising once again in Minnesota, as shown by the high volume of patients in Minnesota hospitals reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. Governor Tim Walz even requested federal assistance in two state hospitals that face staff shortages and a large amount of COVID patients. Heise reports the information shared by the state concludes school-aged kids are one of the higher-risks groups for spreading the virus. No new mandates are expected from Governor Walz. Bagley schools are also dealing with other problems outside of the COVID-19 virus. Like other schools, large and small, staffing is a constant struggle now more than ever.
Parent/Teacher conferences are also coming up. Heise encourages parents to schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher to keep communication open between home and the classroom. More information and updates from the Bagley School District can be found on their website at bagley.k12.mn.us.