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November 26, 2020

10/28/2020 10:02:00 AM
Superb transparency

Heading into the school year, Windom school officials vowed to be as transparent as possible with their handling of matters related to the coronavirus pandemic.
That is easy to say, but some schools have found it challenging to put that goal into practice.
It was probably a matter of time before we were going to see cases of COVID-19 impact area schools.
Regardless of their best efforts to keep students and staff safe, schools can only do so much. There is little control over what happens outside a school's walls, or outside its functions.
However, it is extremely positive to see Windom school leaders take the approach that facts and information are valuable in heading off the pandemic at the pass.
From Friday through Sunday, Windom parents received e-mails stating that four positive COVID-19 cases had been documented in the school community.
The district also was forthcoming with information  regarding postponement of varsity and B-squad volleyball matches, homecoming activities and the National Honor Society induction.
The district is legally bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to keep student data private. And, because COVID-19 is a health issue, the school is also legally bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
However, school administrators also see a duty to inform the public the best it can regarding situations that impact the student body. Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt and Middle High School Principal Bryan Joyce have both answered questions and provided information to the best of their ability, within their legal restrictions.
No one wants to see school or activities shut down because of COVID-19. For the district to take the drastic measure of shutting down the volleyball season for two weeks means this was done out of an abundance of caution.
Moreover, the school leaders know information is critical in the effort to keep other students and their loved ones safe.
Keep up the good work!
    - Joel Alvstad

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