MMCRU, RSM delay start of school

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

MARCUS/REMSEN — In a letter sent out to the MMCRU community by Superintendent Dan Barkel, and posted on the school’s Facebook account on Friday evening, Aug. 21, MMCRU will be delaying the start of their school year until at least Thursday, Aug. 27. The school year was supposed to have begun on Monday, Aug. 24.

Barkel cited the positivity rate of greater than 20 percent in Plymouth County as leading to the decision.

“Due to the substantial uncontrolled outbreak of COVID-19 in Remsen and Plymouth County at a level greater than 20 percent, and after consultation with the Cherokee and Plymouth County Public Health Departments, the MMC and RU boards have decided to delay the start of school until Thursday, Aug. 27,” Barkel said in the letter.

The letter continued, “We know this impacts all families of school-aged children, but for the sake of the health of all students, staff and families, we feel it is the prudent thing to do to begin school safely.”

The letter states that classes will begin on Aug. 27 if the positivity rate in Plymouth and Cherokee counties are below 20 percent on Aug. 26. School and other related activities including athletic practices, will continue to be postponed or cancelled until the rate drops below 20 percent.

Shortly after the announcement from MMCRU, Remsen St. Mary's also announced via their Facebook page that they will be delaying the start of their school year from Monday, Aug. 24 to at least Thursday, Aug. 27 with the post saying the school will re-evaluate by noon, Wednesday, Aug. 26.