Less than three weeks after opening for hybrid schooling on Sept. 17, there has been at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 at Conrad Elvehjem Primary School, but the school will continue with its hybrid learning program.
In a discussion on the district’s reopening plan amid COVID-19, McFarland School District Superintendent Andrew Briddell announced to the McFarland School Board that there has been at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 at Conrad Elvehjem Primary School (CEPS) in McFarland. CEPS opened for hybrid schooling on Sept. 17.
Briddell said the school handled the situation adequately, but due to privacy reasons he cannot release any more information at this time. There is no word on whether the positive case was from a student or a faculty member. The school plans to continue with its hybrid program as planned.
At the time of the Oct. 5 meeting, the Department of Health Services had reported more than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 387 hospitalizations, and 43 deaths in Dane County alone. Despite the numbers, Briddell said the district will be moving forward with more in-person opportunities for high school students.
McFarland High School will soon begin offering in-person learning for select technology education classes, as well as more opportunities for youth sports. Detailed information on this transition will be released in the coming weeks, Briddell said.
The district is also in the process of developing a weekly COVID-19 newsletter and dashboard for families and staff. There is no word on when the first newsletter will be available.
Budget concerns were yet another big agenda item at Monday’s meeting. Shawn Miller, President and Treasurer of the McFarland Youth Center (MYC), announced to the board a $10,000 deficit in MYC’s 2021 budget.
General state aid for the district will also be announced on Oct. 15, a number that district business manager Jeff Mahoney estimates will be approximately $13 million. The tax levy, which cannot be determined until the state aid numbers come in, will be announced at the board’s Oct. 26 meeting.