George L. Cooke Elementary School will pivot to remote instruction Jan. 6

Dear Monticello CSD Community Member,

Due to an excessive number of staff members being out due to COVID-19, we will be switching George L. Cooke Elementary School to remote instruction for Thursday, January 6. We presently have 14 Cooke ES staff members who are unable to report to work due to COVID-19-related symptoms, quarantining, or caring for other family members.

This is very fluid situation, and our administration and staff have been monitoring COVID-19 cases carefully. We are unable to safely supervise Cooke ES given this large number of absences.

While we suspect these numbers may increase, this switch of Cooke ES to remote instruction is presently only for January 6. We hope to reopen Cooke ES for in-person instruction on January 7.

All other Monticello CSD schools will remain open to in-person instruction. They are also, however, receiving increasing numbers of staff members who are COVID-19 positive, symptomatic, or on quarantine.

We recognize the disruption and inconvenience this may cause, but we would not be able to safely supervise our students and maintain COVID-19 mitigation protocols in Cooke ES if it were to remain open for in-person instruction.

Cooke ES students should follow their remote schedule as posted their SeeSaw platform. Student meals will be delivered at the following times and locations. 

All areas of the school have been regularly disinfected, and we’ll continue to disinfect our schools consistent with our COVID-19 protocols.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please seek testing and contact your health care provider. Test kits are available for symptomatic students at their school.

We hope that all of you remain healthy, or, if sick, recover soon. Stay well.

With Monti Pride,

Matthew T. Evans, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools