Announcements and Communication From The Algoma School Distict Regarding COVID-19

May 18, 2020, 7:00AM

The district has compiled a COVID-19 resource document for the Algoma School District Community, in coordination with internal staff, Kewaunnee County and the Algoma Chamber of Commerce. View this resource document here. 

March 23, 1:00PM

As of March 23, 2020 all Algoma School District buildings will be closed until further notice.  Only authorized personnel will be allowed to enter to perform essential duties.

Please do your part in acknowledging these orders as they are essential in maintaining the health and well-being of everyone in our community.

Stay safe,
Nick Cochart

March 19, 2020, 7:00PM

As each day passes we are reminded of just how drastic our lives are changing.  Our staff is navigating this new normal right alongside of you and is readily available to support you and your child.  Effective today at 4pm we will transition our buildings to an ‘essential staff’ only status.  Authorized individuals will continue to conduct essential operations so that we can safeguard our buildings as much as possible.  It has been our priority to keep you informed on this rapidly changing environment.  I hope that each of you are taking every opportunity to remain as happy and healthy as possible.

Onward,
Nick Cochart

March 17, 2020, 6:30 PM

Today was a historic day in education and I am proud of how our staff and students have transitioned.  After boxing and now delivering 300+ student breakfasts and lunches this afternoon, we have tackled the first of many challenges ahead.  We understand the magnitude of change and will be adjusting to these new norms right alongside you.  Look out for each other—-Together we can turn this crisis into new opportunities.

Nick Cochart 

March 16, 2020, 3:15 PM

During the transition to our on-line delivery method we want to be clear about our expectations for students.  We do not expect students to be on-line for 8hrs.  In fact, we encourage shorter, more focused engagement with course content.  Furthermore, it is in your students best interest to create a routine that could be complemented by outside activities, exploration, and problem solving scenarios.  Students should take this opportunity to communicate regularly with staff, share their experiences, and advocate for resources that will benefit all of us.  Working together, we can turn these unforeseen circumstances into opportunities.  Our staff is here to help in any way we can and we understand that each student in our district will navigate this transition differently.  I will continue to provide updates as they are made available.

DPI Guidance on Social Distancing released today:

Social Distancing During School Closures

Social distancing methods are ways to increase physical distance between people in schools and workplaces, at community events, and at other places people gather. Examples include:

  • Not shaking hands. Instead, bump fists or elbows.
  • Increasing distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread.
  • Reducing the number of large group gatherings or activities.
  • Keeping children and teens from gathering in other public places if school is closed.
  • Staying home.

If you live with someone who is over 60 years old or chronically ill be extra careful to practice social distancing.

Parents may wonder given the fact that children will be home for several weeks how they can practice social distancing. Being in close proximity and being together in groups will increase the likelihood of spread of disease. Yet, is recognized that children need to stay active, have a routine, and socialize in order to support physical and emotional health.

Generally, outdoor activities are better that indoor activities particularly if a small  (3-5) group of non-family members are gathering. Practice kindness and stay home if you are ill and do not send ill children to meet others to play, even outdoors. Avoid playground equipment as there multiple 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.

While your children are home try to keep their days as routine and scheduled as possible. Here are a few tips suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Read books with your child. It’s not only fun, but reading together strengthens your bond with your child AND helps their development.
  • Make time for active play. Bring out the blocks, balls, jump ropes and buckets and let the creativity go. Play games that kids of all ages can play, like tag or duck duck goose. Let your kids make up new games. Encourage older kids to make up a workout or dance to keep them moving.
  • Keep an eye on media time. Whenever possible, play video games or go online with your child to keep that time structured and limited. If kids are missing their school friends or other family, try video chats to stay in touch.

References

American Academy of Pediatrics. Healthychildren.org. 2020. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Last updated March 12, 2020. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

Centers for Disease Control. 2020. Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Last updated March 12, 2020.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/Mass-Gatherings-Document_FINAL.pdf

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. 2020. COVID-10 Frequently Asked Questions. Last modified March 14, 2020. https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSMeOLVZJs9LZRxy6eaYNFXUtBAM7GTnYbbnDCd94HFs5vwLVG7Nur3Cw62T8xOw44v_2KNTk8epAZH/pub


March 15, 2020, 5:45 PM

Governor Tony Evers has directed the closure of all K-12 schools.  The anticipated reopening date is tentatively scheduled for April 6, 2020 however this will be re-evaluated as new information emerges. 

The Algoma School District will use March 16th, 2020 to equip all of our students with the necessary resources to be successful during our transition to an on-line delivery method.  Students can expect a grade-level specific plan for the remainder of this week. 

March 23-27,2020 students should enjoy their scheduled spring break. 

As new information emerges you can expect a daily communication from the Algoma School District regarding participation in our school lunch program, online delivery methods, resources for students with disabilities, and the status of extra-curricular activities.  As a reminder, the school district is recommending a 14 day quarantine for anyone traveling outside of the state.   

To participate in a FREE food program for any children under the age of 18, click on this link.


March 13, 2020, 8:20 PM

Today Governor Evers mandated all schools must be closed by March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19.  Algoma will be holding classes on Monday March 16th 2020 and will be providing student resources accordingly.

The Algoma School District will be closed for students starting Tuesday March 17th 2020 to provide an opportunity for staff to prepare for the successful education of our students. This is an extraordinary time for the Algoma School District and the state of Wisconsin but with your continued help and support we will get through this as a community.


March 13, 2020, 4:30 PM

The State of Wisconsin still remains under a low level State of Emergency regarding COVID-19. Please note the following:

The Kewaunee County team of educators and Public Health officials will be reconvening on Sunday, March 15, 2020, to discuss this rapidly evolving situation and determine the most appropriate next steps.  In the event we are directed to close school we are prepared to immediately transition to an online delivery model.  Students at each of our buildings can expect to communicate through an online platform such as Google classroom.  Some content will be distributed via email while other content will be sent home with students today.  In addition, each student shall be issued a Chromebook in grades 1 through 12.  We recognize that connectivity will be challenging for some of our students and we are actively seeking solutions for that.

With spring break quickly approaching, please remember that a 14 day quarantine is recommended for individuals and families traveling to areas currently restricted including California, New York, Washington, level 2 and 3 international communities, and cruise ships.

Furthermore, all afterschool activities have been suspended effective immediately.  This means that no athletic, club, Wolf Den or play practices are to be held.  Building use restrictions may also be enacted.


March 12, 2020

Today Governor Tony Evers declared a State of Emergency (Low Level) regarding COVID-19.  Tomorrow, school leaders from Kewaunee County, along with the Kewaunee County Health Department, will be collaborating to prepare for next steps in the event that the State of Emergency level continues to rise.

At this time, school will be in operation as normal until we are directed otherwise.  It is important to note that we are taking all necessary precautions.  As a reminder, the pace and scope of change is very rapid and therefore we will be communicating updates twice a day moving forward.

The following preventative measures have already been enacted by the Algoma School District:

  • We are actively following the travel plans and subsequent restrictions of both our staff and families.  At this time, those restrictions apply to level 2 and 3 international communities as well as the state(s) of California, Washington, and New York.  Currently, a 14 day quarantine will be encouraged.
  • We have cancelled school sponsored out of state travel for our students and staff—primarily impacts the music trip scheduled for Minnesota.
  • We have cancelled our already rescheduled scheduling night (March 18) and will begin scheduling classes for the 2020-21 school year with each class on Monday.
  • We have postponed our spring awards night scheduled for Monday night.  This will be rescheduled at a later date.

Please understand that new information is coming out on an hourly basis and thus we are doing our best to communicate accordingly.  In the event that significant action is required we are prepared and resourced appropriately.

Links and Resources

March 13, 2020 Press Release From Kewaunee County

For recent travel guidelines:
CDC Travel Guidelines

Information About COVID-19

COVID-19 facts from Dr. Rai (Prevea)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

CDC Infographic that explains the difference between seasonal and pandemic flu

Talking to Your Child about COVID-19:
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource – National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Your Kids about the Coronavirus – National Association of School Psychologist

Hablando con sus hijos/as sobre el Coronavirus – Asociación Nacional de Psicólogos Escolares

Talking to Kids – NY Times

Talking to your Tweens and Teens – NY Times