Monogue provides pandemic planning update

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Superintendent Dana Monogue provided an update on the District's efforts related to pandemic planning to the Board of Education at their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.

Board president Annette Ashley presided over the meeting at the District Services Center, while other Board members participated remotely. The School Board has been meeting virtually since mid-March.

The entire Pandemic Planning Update Presentation can be viewed on the COVID-19 Update & Resources page on the District website.

Monogue showed the latest MCPASD COVID-19 Dashboard chart that is available on the District website. She noted the number of positive cases among staff continues to increase. She also noted the number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days has increased in the past week from 277 to 364 and that percentage of tests that are positive during the last 14 days has also increased by more than 1 percent from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13.   

She noted that Waunakee announced it wants to bring middle and high school students back into buildings for second semester starting in mid-January. Verona has a COVID Dashboard to its website. St. Francis Xavier in Cross Plains recently closed for one week due to positive cases among staff and students. She also noted some area districts plan to move to all virtual around Thanksgiving.

Monogue noted Governor Evers' order that came out last week didn't specifically address schools and Public Health Madison Dane County didn't change its guidance or make any substantive changes based on the order. The District has asked staff to work remotely if they can to keep everyone safe.

Monogue also noted there have been questions from community members about redacting personally identifiable information in communication with the School Board. She noted the District is legally obligated to redact any personally identifiable information if a resident has asked to have their written comments be part of Board correspondence. She noted Board members see the entire communication.