Kegonsa Family Newsletter


January 8, 2022

I would like to thank all our families for their continued vigilance around COVID. While we continue to lean heavily on our mitigation strategies at school (masking, distancing, good ventilation) knowing that families are keeping their sick kids at home is the most powerful strategy to keep our school safe and healthy. So, thank you. We appreciate all you are doing to help us keep our doors open for in-person learning.

This week was a cold one and we would like to thank WFK and our families for the fabulous new indoor recess games. We really needed them this week! Don't forget there is a zoom WFK meeting on Tuesday at 6:15. We would love for you to join us. Email: for the zoom link.

Please reach out with any and all questions you have. My door is always open. - Erin

Masking Matters

The health and safety of our students during the pandemic is a number one priority.

Use of Mask/Face Covering Cloth face coverings/masks should:

fully cover the mouth, nose, and chin;

fit snugly against the side of the face so there are no gaps;

not create difficulty breathing while worn;

and be held securely through either a tie, elastic, etc. to prevent slipping.

SASD Adopts Updated COVID Guidance

Updates to COVID Protocol

Under the guidance of CDC and PHMDC, SASD protocol now allows for the following. Please note that these updates are not all-encompassing of SASD COVID-19 protocols:

Isolation after a positive test

An asymptomatic individual with a positive COVID-19 test is allowed to complete a 5-day isolation period (rather than the standard 10 days). The individual must commit to a 5-day period of strict mask-wearing upon their return.

Symptomatic individuals may return after 5 days (rather than the standard 10 days) if their symptoms have significantly improved AND they have been fever-free for 24 hours AND they commit to a 5-day period of strict mask-wearing upon their return.

In both cases, if the individual cannot commit a 5-day period of strict mask-wearing upon their return, they do not qualify for the exception and must isolate for the full 10 days.

As always, there are exceptions to these updates, so it remains important to complete the Student COVID-19 Form for your child in order to inform our health staff and receive further guidance.

Quarantine after exposure to an individual with COVID-19

  • If exposed in a school setting, your child does not need to quarantine as long as both parties were properly masked, per SASD protocol.
  • If exposed outside of the school setting, your child must quarantine for at least 5 days unless your child is fully vaccinated or has had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

In both cases, if the individual cannot commit a 5-day period of strict mask-wearing upon their return, they do not qualify for the exception and must isolate for the full 10 days. Also in both cases, the requirement to be tested on day 5* after the exposure is required.

*Testing after 5 days

Additionally, we now require COVID-19 testing on day 5 after exposure, previously day 6 or 7.

Again, it remains important to complete the Student COVID-19 Form for your child in order to inform our health staff and receive further guidance.

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Thank you WFK for our amazing Indoor Recess Games!

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Your vigilience helps keep our students safe - COVID-19 Information

Where can I get tested for COVID? See our new COVID-19 Testing Resource Sheet on our COVID-19 Health & Safety page.

Our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard is available to the public on our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard page. We’ve updated the dashboard each week of the school year since November 2020.

COVID symptoms? Stay home! We know your student doesn’t want to miss school, but if your student has symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home to avoid infecting others. Our Self-Screening quicksheet lists COVID symptoms and what to do if your student has one or more. Remember to screen your child for symptoms every morning and night.

Using the Student COVID-19 Form: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact, start by keeping your student at home, calling your school’s attendance line, completing the Student COVID-19 Form, then contacting your health care provider. We will help you through the process.

SASD COVID Health & Safety page (Data Dashboard)

Family Resources

Click here for a list of family resources including lists of food pantries, community meals, personal essentials, showers & laundry, mental health and crisis intervention.

Reach out to Kayla McDermot with any questions!

Kayla McDermot (Kegonsa Elementary and Sandhill Elementary) 608-440-0270

Office and School Hours

Office hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30p.m.

School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00p.m. Doors open at 7:35 a.m.

Nurtured Heart

Happy 2022!!!

I’m not one for resolutions as I have a really difficult time sticking to them. However, I do appreciate the feeling that the new year brings. A fresh start. An opportunity to dream and make plans for a better future. A blank canvas to create a masterpiece.

Our children are the best and most precious masterpieces that we send out into the world to make a better future for us all. Luckily, Nurtured Heart is a proactive way to arm them for anything that may come their way.

We all want our children to be kind, gracious, calm, and patient. One of the best ways to teach them what those character traits look like is to provide them first-hand experiences of their GREATNESS in ways that they are able to digest. Intentionally making miracles from molecules.

This resource might help you to practice recognizing the greatness in your people- Character Word "Stickers. They provide a concrete representation of what you are seeing in your children to help them understand what respect, persistence, self-control, resilience, etc look like in the real world.

An example recognition might sound like this:

"Devonte, I saw how you are struggling to find the answer to that problem and not giving up! I appreciate how PERSISTENT you are with your work!" (give them the PERSISTENT slip of paper)

"It was so KIND of you, Julia, to clean up the table after dinner and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Your HELPFULness is so appreciated!" (present them with KIND and HELPFUL)

Some ways that we have used them:

1. Have your children put them in a jar that can be sorted later for reflection.

2. Focus on one character trait and give a "sticker" every time you notice it.

3. Have your child select a couple to focus on and give you examples of their behavior when they are displaying it.

We hope that 365ish days from now, you can say that your children are more resilient, patient, kind, happy, honest, or whatever you hope to instill in your masterpieces and that NHA helped you get there.

May your 2022 be blessed!

To your GREATNESS, Humanity, & Significance

Amy, (Karla & Sara Jane )

Important Information

Bully Harassment

  • Bullying/Harassment form
  • Submit a Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) ticket. If you see or hear something, say something. The easiest way to submit a ticket is to go to, access the Student Portal, and select “Submit a tip.”

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Helpful Meal Account Balance Reminders

  • Automatic low balance and past due email reminders will start up again after winter break. Reminders will go out on Tuesday and Fridays.

  • To avoid reminders, please maintain at least $10 in your account at all times. $0 balance accounts will not receive reminders. Note: Adding a recurring payment will help you to avoid any reminders at all.

  • Questions may be directed to or

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Kegonsa Elementary School

Ms. Conrad, Principal (877-5201)

Mrs. Sannes, Dean of Students (208-3468)

Mrs. Cole-Wells, Admin Assistant (877-5202)

Mr. Schultz, School Counselor (877-5229)

Mrs. McDermot, School Social Worker (440-0270)

Ms. Menon, School Psychologist

Ms. Hart, Health Assistant (877-5204)


IC Parent Portal: Need assistance with your IC parent portal? Please complete the IC parent portal support form linked here.

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