Key News for Families

October 15, 2020

Update Regarding In-Person Learning

We are entering a critical point of our school year as we try to maintain in-person learning options for our students. Over the past several weeks, we have had large numbers of staff members absent due to testing positive for COVID-19, being close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have displayed COVID-19 types of symptoms. Each absence puts considerable strain on our ability to secure substitutes for our teachers, instructional assistants, health room assistants, and others who help us provide high quality schools for our children.

How can our community help? First, if you are able and qualified, apply to become a substitute teacher, substitute instructional assistant, or substitute health room assistant. All school districts in the area face tremendous shortages of personnel in these areas. Supporting your local community schools in this way will help us maintain the staffing we need in order to keep our schools open. Go to our Substitute Teacher webpage or Teachers On Call for more information.

Second, if you or your child is sick, stay home. When staff come into close contact with a sick individual, we lose their service for up to two weeks -- and longer if they become ill themselves. Staying home when sick protects our staff and other vulnerable members of the community.

If we each do our part, our schools have the best chance of remaining open to in-person learning for the remainder of this school year.

Substitute Teachers Needed - Updated Information!

  • 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.

Check out our new substitute teacher webpage with information on earning your sub license and our daily rates to learn more!

COVID-19 Updates - New Information

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 This new email address will allow for more efficient response times and tracking of all student related COVID-19 issues.

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up:

On many of our bus routes we are unable to socially distance our students. Families should be aware that your child may be identified as a close contact on the bus if they are sitting within six feet of someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Parents may want to consider driving their child to school to avoid the possibility of having their son/daughter quarantine in the event they are identified as a close contact.

COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine FAQs for Families:

To answer some of the more common questions we are receiving from families about isolation and quarantine guidelines, we have developed a Frequently Asked Questions document.

Families are also encouraged to review our "When Should My Child Stay Home from School and When Can My Student Return to Face-to-Face Instruction?" document.

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.

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. Students and staff that have been identified as a close contact must remain in quarantine for 14 days.

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.

Report All Positive Student Cases:

Also, families are reminded that if your child tests positive for COVID-19, you must contact your child's health room or District Nurse Noel Menghe ( or 262.363.6292 x27515). Contract 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. Thank you for your cooperation!

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Parents United is Back!

Parents United is a coalition of 26 school districts focused on empowering parents of children with disabilities to become effective advocates and informed decision-makers. This nonprofit community-based organization provides regular informational workshops featuring experts presenting a wide range of topics relative to students with disabilities and their families.

The lectures and presentations offered each school year provide essential links, knowledge and networking to the entire community for the ultimate benefit of our students.

Please review the scheduled events and register. A virtual attendance option is available through Zoom. Please indicate how you will attend when you register. Twenty-five participants will be allowed to attend in person at each event.

Christmas Clearing Council

The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County promotes and coordinates giving to families in need during the Christmas season. Families in need who qualify for free or reduced lunch are invited to participate in this program for 2020. Click here to learn more.

BARK4Schools Parent Access

Mukwonago Area School District currently partners with Bark4Schools to monitor student's district-issued accounts for safety related issues such as self-harm and cyberbullying. Parents/Guardians are also invited to receive these notifications for their child(ren). In addition, BARK offers a paid subscription (and a discount!) so families can continue to monitor their child(ren) on personal accounts and social media platforms. Did you know that 38% of MASD families are signed up to receive safety alerts? If you'd like to sign up, please contact Bark Support or review information found in the BARK Parent FAQ's. For more information on BARK4Schools, please visit this link.

MASD COVID-19 Dashboard

MASD continues to update a simple dashboard charting the active number of students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 along with numbers of students and staff who are currently quarantined or isolated. The data is updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. This service is being provided to help families and our community see local trends for COVID-19.

Families should note that this information will replace building notifications each time there is a positive COVID-19 case within a school.

The dashboard can be viewed on the Pandemic Information of our district website.

MASD Employment Opportunities

Come join our team! MASD has immediate openings in a variety of positions including:

  • Support Staff
  • Instructional Assistants
  • Food Service
  • Custodial Positions (both full time and substitutes)
  • Recess Monitors

Check out our Employment Opportunities Website for more information on available vacancies and be sure to apply today!

Mukwonago Community Bulletin Board

As a service to our community, don't forget that MASD hosts a virtual Community Bulletin Board that is regularly updated with information from organizations providing services or activities. Be sure to bookmark the page and watch Key News for Families all year long for updates.

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