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COVID 19 Communications

June 7, 2021
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The
COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information
will be updated as it becomes available.
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COVID-19 Vaccines for
Children and Teens

CDC recommends COVID-19
vaccination for everyone ages 12 and older. Learn more
about what you and your child or teen can do 
when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 and
older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
Search  vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829,
or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. 


Children With Special Needs

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: New Resources Available to Help Connect Youth Ages 12 to 15 With Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

On Wednesday, May 12, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced children ages 12 to 15 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full protection and is the first and currently only vaccine available for this age group. 

The Pfizer vaccine is safe, and early results show the vaccine is 100% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in this age group.

Resources to Share With Parents

Connecting Your Community to Vaccinators

The COVID-19 Partner Resources DHS webpage includes resources to help you plan for connecting your community to vaccines:

Insurance Reminder

The vaccine is free for everyone, regardless of whether or not they have insurance:

  • Some vaccinators may ask for insurance information, but recipients cannot be charged for the appointment or the vaccine itself.
  • If someone is charged for the vaccine, they should contact the vaccinator and ask that the charge be removed. They should then email DHS to report the charge.

Videos and Print Materials Translated Into Multiple Languages

November 2, 2020 Skyward Email:

First, I want to start off by thanking all of our wonderful families for their due diligence in helping to stop the potential spread of COVID. It is because of everyone being careful about outside gathering, keeping children out if they were in close contact with someone as a precautionary measure, and staying home if exhibiting any cold and flu symptoms that we have been able to provide an in-person option as long as we have. Please remember, if you are tested and it is positive, please contact the school office immediately as we may have to move students and/or staff members to quarantine. In the event that we have a positive case reported, we will notify families after speaking to the health department. 

With the numbers rising in our area, we put together a plan in the event that we need to move a class or entire school to virtual. Please view the plan at the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ztSFMN1O3UqUBy8oJl5tFnz_FnBL3AMK/view?usp=sharing. Please note, this is only general guidance to give families some information ahead of time but we will communicate the final plan when/if we need to move to virtual learning. 

Students in middle school would be on Zoom starting at 8:15 am until 11:15 to work with all of their core teachers. Cameras must be turned on to be counted in attendance. The afternoon at this point would be independent work time for students as staff will be recording lessons, providing feedback, and collaborating in professional development training. Assigned work in Canvas is due by 8:00 am the next day.

Elementary students in 4K through 5th grade will be placed into an hour long morning group. Your child’s teacher will communicate the scheduled time along with access information to Zoom. Your child will be expected to login every day during that hour block to work with his/her classroom teacher to review previous day assignments and work on targeted practice. Cameras need to be turned on to count the student in attendance and assigned work in Canvas is due by 8:00 am the next day.

Virtual students will continue with their regular learning option; however, these students are welcome to attend the middle school or elementary sessions. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you would like them to join with the other students. Students who are blended must be online on Monday and Tuesday with their class; however, Wednesday through Friday may join their class. Please communicate this to your child’s classroom teacher should they choose to join their class on virtual days. 

In addition, some changes from the health department & CDC is that if there is a family member awaiting test results for COVID, all members of that family need to quarantine until the results come back. Please do not send your child to school if someone is awaiting results. Please contact school office and we will let you know what the current recommendation is from the health department as each case is unique to the situation (i.e. did they already have a positive test and are now having symptoms again, have symptoms improved, another underlying health condition, were they a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID, etc.). Also, if someone has symptoms but tested negative for COVID, the health department is requesting that individuals still stay out for 14 days unless there is another underlying health reason for that person to exhibit those symptoms (i.e. they were tested also for influenza and have that, another respiratory illness, allergies, etc.). However, if students are only in quarantine and are well, they will need to move to virtual and complete all required work. If ill, students receive time to makeup work (i.e. one day for every day out ill). Students are still responsible for completing all assigned homework listed in Canvas. 

Thank you again for your continued support of our team. As more information becomes available we will continue to update you with current guidance. 

September 25, 2020 Skyward Email:

Dear Raider Families, 

Hope you are all staying safe and healthy as we are moving into the cold and flu season and onto our first interim break. Just a reminder, if your child has any cold and flu symptoms, please be diligent about keeping them home until symptoms have subsided without medication to alleviate those symptoms. Coughs and fevers, along with an excessive running nose, are concerns for us here at school. If a child or family member tested positive for COVID, please contact the health department and school. In addition, please do not send your child back to school until the quarantine or isolation time has subsided. Based on guidance from the health department, and due to an increase of cases in our area, districts are changing the number of days to stay home for fevers and dual cold and flu symptoms. The number of days will be dependent upon the symptom(s); however, we are looking at no less than 72 hours and up to10 days to help stop the spread of the virus and ensure students are well before returning to school. We will have our reopening plan updated with this information by next Wednesday after we confirm information with the health department. Please continue to look at the reopening plan should you have any questions as to when you should keep your child home or contact us in the office so that we can work on this together.

If your child is sent home or you are choosing to keep them home due to an illness or awaiting results from a COVID test, if well enough, students should continue working through Canvas assignments just like they are doing while at school. This will help to not overwhelm the child upon their return to school. When working on daily assignments, it is important that students complete all work for the day and not picking and choosing which assignments they want to finish to meet the requirements for that grade level. This year traditional grading has resumed even for our virtual learners. As of now, we will not be granted a waiver from the Department of Public Instruction so homework truly counts! Teachers will set up a meeting with you and your child if they are not completing all required work. If virtual, those students will be marked absent so communication with the classroom teacher(s) is crucial if your child is struggling to complete any assignment at home. If virtual and students are ill, please contact the school so that the teacher knows why your child is not completing work for the day. However, assignments will need to be made up within the number of days your child was called in. For example, if your child is ill on Tuesday, your child must complete the work on Wednesday. A doctor’s note is required to be counted as a medical excuse just like in previous years. If in middle school, please check all course cards to ensure all assignments for each content area are completed. Your child cannot just complete math and reading. The child must complete all required work listed for the day. If the work completed is incorrect, the teacher will provide feedback to the child. It is hard to assist learners if nothing is turned in for the teacher to see where mistakes are being made. Simply not doing the work should never be the solution and will produce gaps in a child’s education. 

We know this is a very challenging time and truly appreciate your support. It is very telling, as we move into week 8 with in-person instruction that parents are going out of their way to ensure they are protecting everyone by keeping their child home and not playing with friends in the community when feeling ill or sent home from school. We really are appreciative of your due diligence with the mitigation measures. It isn’t easy for anyone but hopefully we will be back to some normalcy soon. 

July 30, 2020 Skyward Email:

Dear parents and guardians, 

The health and safety of our students and staff are our number one priority. In accordance with CDC, DHS and the Kenosha County Health Dept., we are asking every parent/guardian to do a 

daily screening for Coronavirus on your children. We are requiring this of staff as well.

Check your child’s temperature. If 100.0 or higher, keep him/her home. 

  • Ask these questions:
  1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
  2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat?
  3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours? 
  4. Have you had a new loss of taste or smell? 
  5. Have you had muscle pain or chills? 
  6. Have you had a headache? 
  7. Have you had nausea, vomiting or diarrhea? 

If you answered yes to any of the above, keep your child home and contact your family healthcare provider. 

We will be sending home any student who presents with any of the above symptoms and asking you to call your doctor or 211 (COVID-19 hotline) for guidance and if COVID-19 testing is recommended. No student may return to school until they have had 72 hours (3 days) of wellness. If COVID-19 testing is done, your child will need to quarantine for 10 days since symptoms first appeared, be fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and have improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath.)

If you are calling to report your child’s absence from school, please provide the following information.

1. Student name

2. Teacher 

3. The reason they are missing school today 

4. Please indicate whether your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if your child has any of the following symptoms:

        • Cough

  • Diarrhea or vomiting

  • Difficulty breathing 

  • Fever

• Headache

  • Muscle pain

  • Nausea

  • New loss of taste or smell 

 • Sore throat

Please make sure your child comes to school well-rested and eats breakfast. In addition, encourage good hydration and send your child with a water bottle every day.

Wishing you good health,

Rae Anne, School Nurse


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