Aitkin County Public Health and your school are collaborating in mitigation efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 illness and reduce the chance of severe illness in our community. Vaccination is just one of these mitigation efforts. It is anticipated that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for children ages 5-11 years in a few weeks. Once it has received this approval, Aitkin County Public Health and your school will schedule a day to offer vaccinations for students age 5-11, for those that wish. At this time, Aitkin County Public Health is trying to determine how many families may be interested in vaccination to anticipate how much vaccine to order. Please takes a minute and complete the survey below. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, October 20th. This survey does not sign your child up for vaccination.
Due to increasing COVID 19 cases, Hill City School will be increasing mitigation efforts by requiring testing to return to school after illness based on guidance from MDH’s Decision tree. Students will require a test if they have ONE more common symptom, or TWO less common symptoms. Alternative diagnosis will be accepted with documentation.
• More common: fever greater than or equal to 100 F, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell.
• Less common: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.
-If you do not wish to have your student tested, they may stay home for ten calendar days, starting the day that they were sent home.
Starting next week, Hill City will be able to test a student in the building using a CUE Rapid covid test. Hill City will NOT test your student without consent. Verbal consent for testing will NOT be accepted. You must fill out the consent form in order to get your student tested. Consent forms will be sent home with your students at the end of the week, and posted on the website. Please contact me with any questions.