Dear MAST Parents:
I received the following email chain from Giovan Jenkins, the athletic director at Washburn at 4:54pm tonight. This is the first written communication I have received from someone in the district related to the Covid 19 Vaccination Mandate. Mr. Jenkin's email includes a forwarded email from the MPS District Athletic Director from Friday, Nov. 12 at 12:55PM and an email from Dr. Palmer at Washburn. I have not heard from any of the other high school athletic directors as of 6:55pm tonight.
I am also attaching the resolution passed by the MPS School Board on Tuesday evening. This came to me as an attachment in the email from Mr. Jenkins this afternoon. Please read all of these communications carefully. The covid vaccination mandate only applies to winter sport athletes in MPS. I will let you figure out what it means for you and your athlete. Apparently, the school district has access to your child's covid vaccination records and they are matching those records to everyone who signed up to play a winter sport for a MPS school. I already know that one athlete who was listed as unvaccinated on the district list is in fact fully vaccinated.
Emily Palmer <Emily.Palmer@mpls.k12.mn.us>
5:03 PM (1 hour ago)
Thanks, Giovan! I just want to emphasize that everyone should get vaccinated is the district's official position on the issue, so there should be no hesitation when you hear Jenks say: "Please encourage all your student athletes to get vaccinated!" Go ahead & push them.
Some kids maybe don't know how to get it - you can help them use the CVS Scheduling link to make an appointment at whatever CVS is most convenient for them. Or they can do it 100 other ways. Just do it.
Dr. Emily Lilja Palmer
Washburn High School | IB World School
Minneapolis Public Schools
201 W. 49th St. Minneapolis, MN 55419
Our vision: Washburn is a destination school of excellence for students from all backgrounds.
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From: Giovan Jenkins <Giovan.Jenkins@mpls.k12.mn.us>
Date: Sun, Nov 14, 2021 at 4:54 PM
Subject: Fw: Athlete Testing Update
I will be doing the testing. If your student athlete does not report to the athletic department then you will be responsible for getting the test to the student and the student athlete, the athlete will need to produce a negative test to the school nurse or AD office before, they can return to practice or game competition.
You will be responsible for keeping the unvaccinated student athletes out of competition if they do not test every week and produce a negative test. When your teams are set, you will be given a list of unvaccinated student athletes, at that time those athletes will need to come to the athletic office sometime during the day (Every Wednesday) and take a rapid covid test. A missed test means no practice or game. This is going to be a very difficult process to coordinate every week until we get all our student athletes vaccinated...Please encourage all your student athletes to get vaccinated! Those of you that do not have tryouts, you will receive names from the list we have currently. I expect this list to grow as the district continues to pull the names of our student athletes.
Washburn High School Rapid Covid Testing Day Will Be Wednesday's In The Athletic Office.
Please read the attached Requirements as well as the below email from the district AD Fisher.
Thank you very much in advance, Together we are better.
Giovan Jenkins, M.S
| Athletic Director | Washburn High School
Google Voice #: 612-367-6770 | W: 612-668-3456
"Washburn Athletics, Together We Are Better"
From: Antony Fisher <Antony.Fisher@mpls.k12.mn.us>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2021 12:55 PM
Subject: Athlete Testing Update
Greetings MPS Athletic Directors,
Thank you for your assistance in implementing the new MPS requirement for High School Athletes to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Based on your feedback at the orientation meeting earlier this week, MPS will be sending out robocalls and emails to unvaccinated athletes. This action will reduce the number of phone calls that you need to make.
We have also implemented the following communications:
1. Communication was sent to all MPS families about this new mandate through The Family Update, our weekly newsletter.
2. The District Athletics Pages and Individual School Website Athletic Pages have been updated with information about the new requirement.
The robocalls and email messages are currently being translated into our four primary messages and will be sent out via School Messenger. The Communications Department will then receive a report regarding which phone calls or email messages were undeliverable, and Athletic Directors will then need to reach out to those students to ensure that they receive the information about testing.
We are also recommending that you print and make available copies of the resolution (which is attached) in the event that people have questions. You can also refer people to the District Athletics page, which has all of the information they need or encourage them to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please look out for further communication regarding the phone calls that need to be made next week. If you have any questions please reach out to me!
Antony M. Fisher, CMAA
District Director of Athletics
Minneapolis Public Schools
1250 West Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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