According to the Minnesota Department of Health, a first grade student in Marshall died of complications of COVID. The Park Side Elementary student is, according to the state, the third pediatric COVID death in Minnesota.
Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams says the child, who died Sunday, was a first-grader at Park Side Elementary. State infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said the child did not have underlying health conditions.
Gov. Tim Walz stated, “It is simply heartbreaking to hear that COVID-19 has taken the life of someone so young. My thoughts are with the Minnesota family grieving the loss of their beloved child. There is no grief more profound than the loss of family.”
FULL TEXT OF SUPERINTENDENT WILLIAMS’ EMAIL:
April 26, 2021
It is with great sorrow we have learned that on April 25, 2021, a first-grade student at Park Side Elementary passed away as a result of complications from COVID.
I recognize this is scary and concerning for many. We encourage you to continue to watch your students for any signs of COVID. If your student begins to show symptoms, please bring them in to be tested right away.
We understand there may be questions and concerns about this as it relates to COVID. We have all been, and continue to be, doing our part to keep everyone safe by following protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. Protocols in place include not only masks, frequent handwashing, and social distancing, but also monitoring for symptoms, testing, and following quarantine guidelines for symptoms, close contacts, and positive tests. We continue to be in contact with our COVID response team and local medical professionals. Be assured, we continue to keep everyone’s safety and wellbeing at the forefront.
The district has made plans to respond to the sadness and uncertainty we are experiencing in our buildings. Crisis team members are on hand to support all those in need. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the family, the staff, the students, and Park Side Elementary during this difficult time.
If you have questions or concerns about your child, please contact Park Side Elementary at (507) 537-6948.
Superintendent of Schools