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ELC website keeps track of Covid data

Condon re-elected board president

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Nov 18, 2020

Prior to Governor Kim Reynolds announcement on Monday, the Estherville Lincoln Central School Board received an update of Covid-related information of what is happening in the schools.

ELC superintendent Tara Paul noted that a Covid dashboard on the front of the school’s webpage gives an account of information related to the virus.

It shows how many positive cases within the school district by building separated by staff and students. It also lists the number of how may are quarantined.

Thus far, according to a chart on the website, more students are absent for being quarantined for possible exposure rather than testing positive for the virus.

Paul noted that, thus far, if there’s a positive case in a classroom, the virus is not spreading within that classroom.

In Reynolds newest proclamation released Monday evening, high school activities including practices and competition are permitted. However Junior high school activities are prohibited through Dec. 10.

No more than two spectators will be allowed per each student-athlete, performer, or competitor participating in the gathering.

In other business Monday, the school board held its annual reorganizational meeting. Tony Condon was re-elected board president while Jeff Soper was re-elected vice president.

Demoney Elementary Principal Connie Humble and ELC Middle School Principal Brad Nelson both reported that parent-teachers conferences went well. All conferences were held by Zoom or by phone.

Humble said feedback was positive with 94 percent participation at the elementary.

“Parents didn’t have to come to the school or get child care,” she said. “This might be something we offer in the future.”

Humble said the elementary has had three staff that conduct small-group learning.

“They taught from a home with a TA (teacher’s assistant) proctoring,” Humble said. “It’s been successful doing that.”

Nelson said his staff was worried about conducting parent-teacher conferences on Zoom.

“But the feedback was very positive,” he said.

Nelson also reported on how students are handling Covid prevention measures.

“Our kids have done a great job sitting the in the upper and lower commons for lunch. Tehre are plexiglass dividers to separate kids. It takes more supervision to have students in two places rather than the gym, but I feel we are keeping the gym floor in better condition not eating in the gym. I am optimistic that these Covid mitigation strategies will also enable us to have a lower spread of influenza this year.”

ELC High School Principal Brad Leonard talked about the past week at the school after the loss of the student to an accident.

“I just wanted to issue final thoughts and prayers for the Sean Hoffman family,” he said. “Staff did an excellent job getting through a tough week. I saw some great conversations going on and education put aside for a few days.”

Leonard commended football coach Ryan Rezac and FFA instructor Nicole Craig for their efforts during the week as Hoffman was involved in those activities. He also commended other counselors for their efforts.

Leonard noted that this years’ National Honor Society induction ceremony will be private this year.