Key News for Families
January 7, 2021
Virtual Learning Option Registration is Closed
Elementary families will have an opportunity to change placements beginning in February for the third trimester, which begins March 11, 2021.
2021-22 School Calendar
- School will begin on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
- Winter Break will begin on Thursday, December 23, 2021, with students returning to school on Monday, January 3, 2022.
- Spring Break will begin Saturday, March 19, 2022, with students returning to school on Monday, March 28, 2022.
- The final day of school for all students is planned for Thursday, June 9, 2022, pending any makeup days for inclement weather next year.
The school board hopes to approve the final calendar at the January 25 meeting.
2021-22 Student Enrollment Information
4K Parent Information Night
A virtual 4K Parent Information Night will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 6:30 pm. Parents will hear information about the 4K program, have opportunities to meet virtually with the community partners, and obtain additional information about registration. View the 4K Parent Night presentation information here.
4K registration begins February 1, 2021.
Free Lunch for All Kids Continues Through June 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the free lunch benefit for all students through June 2021. This program was implemented in an effort to help ease the financial strain of the pandemic. Our MASD food service department appreciates family support by encouraging your child to take hot lunch at school.
This free lunch benefit is also available to virtual students, students in quarantine, preschoolers, and kids in daycare centers and private schools. Meals for these children can be ordered through our Nutrislice menu app. Instructions are provided here.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Pam Harris at 262-363-6200 ext 25601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zonar MyView Bus Tracking App
The Mukwonago Area School District offers GPS technology on our regular bus routes. The GPS technology will allow you to track the location of your student’s bus. Our district will be working with Zonar MyView and our partners at Dousman Transport to bring this technology to you.
The Zonar MyView app will give you the ability to track your student’s bus during morning and
afternoon routes. There is no cost for using this app.
To use this technology on your phone:
- Download the “Zonar MyView” app from the App Store or Google Play
- Open the app and follow the attached directions
Please note that you will need your students’ ID number and bus route number from Infinite Campus to complete this process, so be sure to have this information before you start.
For additional details on the Zonar MyView app, you can reference the Zonar MyView parent user guide.
Families are asked to review this important information which will help keep our students and staff healthy and our in-person schools open for learning:
COVID-19 Information and Reporting Email Address:
Families who need to communicate with our district nurses about COVID-19 related matters including reporting symptoms, sharing test results, or to ask questions should email us at email@example.com. This new email address will allow for more efficient response times and tracking of all student related COVID-19 issues.
Students Awaiting Test Results Must Remain Home:
Families are reminded that students who have been tested for COVID-19 must remain home until their results are returned, even if they begin to feel better. If the results are negative, they can return to school with proof of the negative result unless they are already in quarantine due to a close contact.
Report All Positive Student and Household Cases:
Also, families are reminded that if your child or someone in their household tests positive for COVID-19, you must contact your child's health room or District Nurse Noel Menghe (firstname.lastname@example.org or 262.363.6292 x27515). Contact tracing for all positive cases must be conducted and any delay in notifying the health room or district nurse could result in additional outbreaks or ill students.
We strongly recommend that families with household members awaiting COVID-19 test results keep their children home until they receive a negative test result. Many close contact quarantines have been avoided by families proactively keeping students who later tested positive home while waiting for a parent or sibling to receive their test results.
If an immediate family member is displaying COVID-19 symptoms and is tested, please strongly consider keeping your child home until the test results are received to help avoid quarantining other students.
Mask Use and Close Contact:
We believe that mask use is helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our district. While we have had some students and staff who have tested positive, the number of positives related to these cases has been very low thus far.
However, the Waukesha County Health Department still requires students or staff members who come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to quarantine, regardless of mask use and physical barriers. Close contact is defined as being within six feet or less for 15 or more minutes.
Parents should be aware that a negative COVID test does not release a student from quarantine. It's important to note that our legal counsel and liability insurance carrier have made it clear that we need to follow our local health department's guidelines on quarantine procedures.
Assigned Seats on Bus:
Students riding the bus to or from school must sit in their assigned seats. Assigned seats assist us in contact tracing when there are positive cases and help us ensure the proper students are quarantined when necessary.
COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines:
In late 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidelines for quarantine of those who were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The guidelines were approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Waukesha County Public Health. As such, we will adopt these new guidelines:
A 14-day quarantine remains the safest option for close contacts of someone with COVID-19.
- An individual's official quarantine will be shortened to 10 days, provided the individual is asymptomatic and continues to monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days
If the quarantined individual receives a negative test result (PCR or antigen) that was collected on or after day 6 of quarantine, the quarantine may be shortened to a minimum of 7 days once our health team receives proof of the negative test result.
Please note: a positive test will result in a new isolation period of ten days.
You can find testing sites in Waukesha County at https://bit.ly/WaukeshaCoTesting.
Please note, this only applies to close contact quarantines. It does not change isolation periods for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Our district nurses are emailing families of students who have students in close contact quarantines with updated dates following this guidance. Families should check their email carefully for new letters. If you have not received a letter, email our health team at email@example.com.
Help DPI Collect Internet Connection Data
To participate, simply go to the M-Lab Speed Test website and test your internet speed. You can take the speed test multiple times to help provide a more accurate picture of our community's internet connection speeds.
Substitute Teachers Needed
- Have you ever thought about teaching in a classroom?
- Has the pandemic caused you to want to get out of the house and interact with people?
- Do you want to earn some extra money?
- Do you enjoy working with students?
It is now easier than ever to become a substitute teacher. A three year short term sub license is available for applicants who hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university and who has successfully completed an approved substitute training program, but has not completed a state-approved educator preparation program.
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