Key News for Families

November 19, 2020

School Board Meeting on Monday Night

The MASD School Board will meet Monday, November 23, at the Greenwald Foundation Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be open to the public and there will be an opportunity for citizens comments. All attendees must wear a mask and follow appropriate social distancing guidelines.

Citizens who cannot attend in person can submit written comments via email at Comments will be read aloud at the board meeting.

In light of the rapid increase of positive cases in Waukesha County, school learning model changes -- including face-to-face, hybrid, and virtual options -- for November 30 - December 22 will be reviewed and considered by the School Board at this meeting.

Students Home in Quarantine

As a district we are committed to making sure that we continue to provide the best education we can for our students. Our teachers are working hard to provide continuing education to students who are out of school due to illness or quarantine. While students are out due to quarantine or illness and feeling well enough to participate, it is expected that they make every attempt to keep up with their work.

In order to ensure a continuation of learning, please help to make sure that your child is joining the livestream classes or doing his/her work off the learning platform (Seesaw or Google Classroom). If students are not able to complete their assigned work, families should contact their child's teacher(s). Students are expected to be caught up with work when they return.

Thank you for your support as we maintain a continuation of learning!

Winter Classic 8 Sports Spectator Guidelines

On November 16, the Classic 8 Conference issued the following statement regarding spectators at winter sports:

"As practices begin for our winter sports season, the Classic 8 Conference Superintendents and Athletic Directors have determined that in order to do our part in controlling the spread of COVID-19 while also recognizing the importance of family support in our stands, the conference will only allow parents of the 'home' school student-athletes to attend winter events.

Fans who are unable to attend in-person may have the opportunity to view events via live streaming coordinated by host schools. These guidelines will be evaluated in early January by the conference. Thank you for your support of our student-athletes during these unprecedented times."

For all winter sports, there will be two tickets issued per athlete. There will be no walk-up or public tickets sales.

December 4 Added as No School Day - Reminder

At the October School Board Meeting, the Board added Friday, December 4, as a non-instructional day to allow our staff to prepare for the transition of elementary students between virtual and in-person learning options and to provide additional professional development to staff to support the continuation of learning for students in isolation and quarantine. Students will not have school that day as a result.

Important COVID-19 Updates & Reminders

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 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 ( 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. Thank you for your cooperation!

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.

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.

Student Stigma About COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation:

The Waukesha County Public Health quarantine and isolation procedures are an important part of helping us Stay Safe to Stay Open. Unfortunately, some attach a negative association to those students and staff who are in the quarantine and isolation protocols. Please review this guide to Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19 to learn what you can do to reduce the negative stigma many associate with COVID-19 and help keep everyone in our schools in community safe.

MHS Teacher Featured in Theatre Education Community Spotlight

The Educational Theatre Association spotlights members who make a difference in their communities. This week we are proud to share that MHS teacher Julie Hanisch based on the outstanding theatre advice she contributes to their program and the excellent instruction and support she provides to our students and community. Read more about Julie on their Community Spotlight page!
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Photos with Santa - An Emma Loves Dogs Foundation Event

Looking for a way to keep a holiday tradition alive? The Emma Loves Dogs Foundation is hosting a Photos with Santa event Saturday, November 28. For a $50 donation, families will have time with Santa in a safe, spacious environment with digital photos provided by Apple Dapples Photography.

Click here to learn more and register. Spots are limited!

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MASD Employment Opportunities

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

  • Support Staff
  • Instructional Assistants
  • Food Service
  • Substitute Custodial Positions
  • 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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