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Doug Olsen
Friday, March 13, 2020

Good Friday Morning Kickapoo Community:

We have been monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Wisconsin, and county level health officials regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Based on further guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in response to the rapidly evolving public health emergency, the district has reviewed and updated our pandemic flu plan in preparation for the likely spread of the virus.

Our preparations include but are not limited to:

  • Additional cleaning hours during the school day for high traffic areas, cleaning of water fountains, door handles, railings etc through the provision of some additional day time custodial hours.

  • Teaching and reminding our students to wash their hands with soap frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds, visual reminders have been placed at every sink.

  • Use hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available.

  • Preparing for E-learning days in case school is shut down by the state or local health department due to rapid local transmission of the virus.

  • Canceling non-essential gatherings as well as limiting the size of gatherings in order to slow the transmission of the virus.

  • Using video or live transmission of events via our youtube channel where possible to reduce large gatherings (social distancing)

  • Canceling homemade treats/snacks for our elementary students.

  • Implementation of an illness tracking document in order to better understand the spread of illness within our school community.

  • Minimizing professional staff travel to only necessary training.

  • School buses are being cleaned daily.

We are asking parents to keep children at home if they are experiencing a fever of 100 degrees F.  Additionally, children should not return to school until the child has been fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications.  Please make sure that your emergency information in skyward is current, as any child experiencing a fever will be sent home.

There are currently three states where there is “community transmission” of this virus, and the CDC has advised against travel in these states.  The states are California, Washington, and New York. Any individual returning from these states is asked to self quarantine for 14 days. Many families are planning trips this spring, please use the CDC website & DHS website as a source of information to guide your travels.  Please be advised if you have traveled to an area that is not currently a community transmission state, but updates from the CDC then designate it as one of those states, you will be asked to keep your children home for 14 days. If we have individuals that do not adhere to these guidelines and the virus begins to spread within the school community, the likely result will be to shut the school down for a period of time.  If something like this were to happen school officials would consult with the local and state health departments. For the safety of the staff and students who may have risk factors associated with COVID-19, and you visit areas that have been designated as community transmission states, we ask you to comply with the quarantine.

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and changing. These are the links with the most current information & travel guidance:

Many state and school events have been canceled by the sponsor organizations in order to limit the spread of this virus. We consider the health of our students and staff to be a safety issue of the highest degree.  Our goal is to be as proactive as possible in slowing the transmission of this virus, this will allow those needing medical help to obtain it without overwhelming the medical system. Opinions regarding public policy are always a balance between doing too much, and not doing enough, health officials and schools are trying to strike the right balance in the name of public safety.

Wishing you all good health,

Doug Olsen

District Administrator