Key News for Families
February 18, 2021
Elementary Day Off - March 8
March 8 will be a no school day for elementary students to allow our staff to prepare for the transition of elementary students between virtual and in-person learning options.
This day off is in addition to an already scheduled day off on Tuesday, March 9, for students in Grades 4K-9 and 12 so MHS sophomores and juniors can participate in the ACT test that day.
Elementary Vision and Hearing Screening Information
Families will receive a copy of the screening results along with recommendations -- when necessary -- for follow up evaluations with their child's providers.
Health room assistants and/or district nurses will conduct the hearing screenings over the next month. Vision screening will be conducted on the following dates: Big Bend Elementary (2/24), Rolling Hills Elementary (2/26), Eagleville Elementary Charter (3/1), Section Elementary (3/2), Clarendon Avenue Elementary (3/3), and Prairie View Elementary (3/5).
2021 Summer Adventures Information Coming Soon!
Course catalogs and descriptions will be released in early March with registration tentatively opening Monday, March 15. Watch Key News for Families and the Summer School webpage for more details!
MHS presents Little Shop of Horrors!
Tickets can be ordered at: http://www.showtix4u.com/events/GFPAC
Feb 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7 PM
Feb 21 and 28 at 2 PM
COVID-19 Quarantine Update
If you receive notification of a close contact quarantine for your child, please tell the district contract tracers if your child has received a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days or if your child has received the COVID-19 vaccination.
Your child may not need to quarantine in these instances.
District Contact Tracer Phone and Email Times
Our district contact tracers have been working diligently since the beginning of the school year to help keep our students and staff safe. Many times, they receive test results late in the evening meaning that they are balancing communicating close contact quarantines with families with respecting bedtimes.
To that end, please be aware that contact tracers will send emails up to 11:00 pm and make calls up to 9:00 pm each evening. Any results received after that time will result in emails beginning at 6:00 am and phone calls beginning at 7:00 am.
Thank you for your understanding!
Camp Invention Returns to Mukwonago This Summer
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.
Mask Mandate Update
As reflected on our MASD COVID-19 Dashboard, student cases and quarantines (excluding the days immediately following Winter Break) are at their lowest point since September and October.
In light of this, despite the Wisconsin legislature overturning the emergency statewide mask mandate, MASD will still continue to require students and staff to wear masks within schools, on buses, and during afterschool activities until further notice.
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.
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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