WSD COVID-19 UPDATES

  • March 25, 2020 

     Safer at Home - WSD Coronavirus Update for Families

     

    March 20

    Email to Families: Summer School Registration, Spring Break Communication, Student Zoom Accounts

    SODEXO GRAB-AND-GO MEALS DURING SPRING BREAK

    The Wauwatosa School District will provide free breakfast and lunch for all children 18 and under Monday-Friday. The next day’s breakfast would be included when you pick up lunch. 

    • Location: Pick-up sites will be at Longfellow and Whitman Middle Schools 
    • Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m (extended hours from previous communication).  
    • Directions:  Here is a map of the pick-up locations. Park near the red circle (which is the door). Signage will direct you from there. You will need to provide the student names. 
    • How to Order Meals: Families wishing to use this service must fill out this form or call Food Services at (414) 773-2635. If getting to the sites for pick-up is an issue, please contact the same number and we will work to arrange delivery.
    • Questions: For questions about the Grab-and-Go Meals, please contact our Food Service Provider, Sodexo, at 414-773-2635 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m, Monday - Friday.

    March 18 

    8:00 PM Online Learning Resources Email to Families

    10:00 AM: COVID-19 Email Update to Families

    From the Department of Public Instruction:

    •  Avoid playground equipment during school closures as there multiple hard surfaces that are likely to be contaminated with germs.
    • Remind children and teens to wash hands frequently and practice good respiratory/cough hygiene (cover coughs)!
    • Don’t forget to frequently clean and disinfect remote control devices and video game controllers.  
    • See DPI's full  Social Distancing Guidelines During School Closure.

    White House Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Stop the Spread (Issued March 16)

     


    March 17

    Student Technology Help Desk Information  - Email to Families

     


    March 15, 7:15 PM

    We have extended Grab and Go Lunch pick-ups and have an update on when to expect info from your principal and child(ren)'s teacher with more detailed information about Digital Learning, which will begin on Wednesday for elementary students and Tuesday for secondary students.

    As a reminder, this is a fluid, rapidly evolving situation. We ask everyone to please exercise patience and know that information can change quickly. We will continue to provide updates as we have them. 

    Read the Complete Update Here


    March 13, 9:30 P.M.

    Wauwatosa Schools will now be closed Monday, March 16. Digital Lessons will begin Tuesday, March 17. 

    Additionally, our closure has been extended. Late Friday Governor Evers mandated all Wisconsin public and private schools close through at least April 6.

    Read Superintendent Phil Ertl's Complete Message Here. 

     


    March 13, 2020 

    The safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority and as the District continues to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally and around the United States, we believe it is in the best interest of our students, families, and staff that we move to digital lessons beginning Tuesday, March 17, to help prevent the spread of disease and play our role in the “flattening of the curve” that you’ve likely heard public health officials discuss. We have been in communication with the Wauwatosa Health Department and have their support in this decision. 

    Classes for all students grades 4K-12 will move to digital learning beginning Tuesday, March 17-20.  Spring Break is March 23rd-27th and there will be no online learning during this time. We will be monitoring the situation over the next two weeks. We will provide updates as they are available. 

    Beginning on the evening of Monday, March 16, ALL after-school curricular activities, day trips, etc.  including athletic practice, will be canceled for the next two weeks. This includes all programming through the Wauwatosa Recreation Department. Additionally, child care through Right At School, which utilizes our school buildings, will not be available during the school closure.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL COMMUNICATION


     

    March 12, 2020

    The health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families are our top priorities in the Wauwatosa School District.  With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

    At this time (3/12/20) there have been 8 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Wisconsin - in Dane, Pierce, and Waukesha Counties. There are currently no confirmed cases in Milwaukee.

    As of March 12, Governor Evers says the overall risk to Wisconsinites remains low. However, Governor Evers has issued a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin, in order to secure funding for necessary supplies and support if needed. 

    As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wauwatosa Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no recommendation to close schools in Wisconsin. 

    As of March 12, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is advising:

    • Canceling events with over 250 people
    • Recommendation against non-essential domestic travel
    • Recommendation against traveling to areas in the US with sustained community transmission of COVID-19. As of today, that includes Washington, New York, and California. A map of the states with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases can be found here. You must hover over the state to see if there is community spread (works best on a computer, not a phone).
    • A 14-day self-quarantine upon return for anyone who travels to any U.S. states with confirmed community spread of COVID-19.

    NEXT STEPS:

    Our District team met again this afternoon to discuss the guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued today and how we will implement this with regard to District events.  We are working on those details and will have more information to share on Friday, 3/13/20.

     

    HOW YOU CAN HELP:

    We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice every day preventative measures including:

    • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
    • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
    • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.