Dear MDU Families,
We are proud to continue to offer consistent weekly class experiences that support the physical, social-emotional, and mental health of our staff and students. Since reopening in June of 2020 we have made all necessary adaptations to our programs, following local, national, and industry guidance in order to support a Safer Studio™ learning environment.
As such, we have updated our protocols to match recently updated guidance from the CDC and Wisconsin DHS, which shortens the isolation/quarantine period to 5 days for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The updated process is as follows:
Students or Staff who receive a positive test result should:
Additional information about this change in recommendation from the CDC and WDHS can be found here.
MDU continues to see an extremely low incidence of Covid-19 in our programs while experiencing very high positive reports of the benefits of keeping students engaged in activities. Our building continues to maintain enhanced cleaning protocols including state-of-the-art air circulation. We continue our enrollment management with 50% of our student body in the building less than one hour per week. We continue with our current mask policy.
We continue to do what is necessary. We also continue to plan for spring performances, sharing hope and confidence with our students of brighter days ahead!
We continue to be here for our staff, our students, our families, and our community <3.
Thank you for continuing with us!
Studio Closed Wednesday, June 18 - Sunday, June 22
MDU has been working closely with La Crosse County Health Department leaders and adhering to their guidelines since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation. This week, I had another call with them to make sure our opening and operational plans were above and beyond community health expectations (which they were<3).
Today, Wednesday, June 17, the La Crosse County Health Department changed the status of our county on the Coulee COVID-19 Compass from “orange” to “red”. While the associated changes are recommendations and NOT mandates, we would rather be “safe than sorry” as my dad always used to say. To that end, the programming for summer classes that were set to start today and tomorrow will begin next week instead and be extended accordingly by one week.
Our website and social media will be updated regarding the status of classes on Monday, June 22nd at 12pm. If our county is still “red” according to the Compass, we will host our classes via online distance learning until we return to “orange”.
My appreciation goes to our management team who built a flexible schedule to adapt to any circumstance. Our hope is that our community will work together over the rest of the week and weekend to stay home when possible and help our county to “return to orange” so our kids can return to in-person classes next week. They’ve waited so long, please help by staying home when possible. <3
Thank you AGAIN for your support. Our staff, our students, and families thank you!