November 2020 HHASD Newsletter

Inspire. Persevere. Grow.

~ Volume up to hear the videos below. ~

(The first two videos are the same; linked two different ways.

The third video is a special from Kid President.)

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Kid President's 25 Reasons To Be Thankful!

Welcome HHASD Team Members!

Ms. Becky Potvin, RMS Paraprofessional

Becky has been part of our HHASD family for quite some time (and Friess Lake family prior to that) as a parent! She joined our team on October 5, 2020, as an RMS Paraprofessional. Right out of the gate, Becky has brought a sense of optimism and joy each day.

Food Service

The HHASD is pleased to welcome Megan Mielke to our Food Service staff. Megan has previous food service experience from working at the Virginia Highlands and The Arboretum. In her free time Megan likes to garden, clean, read, and play with her new puppy. Welcome Megan!

Erin Resheske started at Friess Lake School in early October. Erin is interested in working with children and has that experience already by helping out with her children's various sporting activities. Welcome Erin!

Updates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

On October 9, 2020, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) extended the nationwide waivers to continue the use of the National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through June 30, 2021. These waivers allow school food authorities (SFAs) to continue to serve free meals to all students.

HHASD is participating in the Seamless Summer Option under the 'closed enrolled' status. This means the HHASD will continue to serve free breakfast and lunch to our students that are currently enrolled face-to-face or virtually.

Stomp Out Bullying

On Thursday, October 22nd, the Richfield Middle School staff and students participated in a nationwide event: Stomp Out Bullying! We "sported" the color BLUE, and the participation was amazing. I promised the winning class a treat next week, but it looks like we have 3 winning classes! I am going to be busy celebrating next week, which is great! I am so excited I get to work with such amazing people. We will continue to do all we can to make this school a safe, welcoming, nurturing environment for everyone. Thank you all for being so support and for helping us spread kindness and acceptance in our community. Have a great weekend!
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FLES Pumpkin Patch

No field trips during trimester one meant getting creative... This year all Friess Lake Elementary School students visited the pumpkin patch that was set-up behind the school!. Ebert's delivered 250 pumpkins for our students to enjoy!

RMS Halloween Dress-Up

HHASD Meditation Walk

Thanks to Mr. Heinritz for organizing a much-needed meditation walk for our staff on Friday. The purpose of a medittion walk is to bring the body and mind together peacefully while walking slowly, focusing your attention on your body and breathing. He also set-up a course for Forest Bathing which is a practice that helps us to connect the natural world to our present moment experience, resulting in a variety of health benefits.
Hybrid Board Meetings

Our next board meeting is November 16th. Tune in virtually, or attend at RMS.

Board Updates

No School!

Friday, Dec. 11th, 8am


At the October 26, 2020, board meeting, December 11, 2020, was added to the calendar as a professional day for staff. As such, there will be no school for students this day. Thank you in advance for your support as we work to educate your students both virtually and face-to-face this year. This day will give us additional time to create and reflect on lesson plans that engage and motivate your children!

Annual Meeting Review

The annual meeting was held on October 26, 2020. At this meeting, while seven resolutions were approved including supplying school lunches to students, purchasing curriculum, accounting for legal counsel when in need, and allocating money to Fund 41 (capital improvement fund), our tax levy was adopted. Please review the attachments below to see the information that was reviewed at this special meeting of the community and board.
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Covid Updates

Below are several messages and communications regarding covid testing, burden levels, and information from DHS and our county.

Covid - 19 Dashboard

You asked for it, and here it is! Thanks to our LPN, Kristina Windisch, for designing our Covid Dashboard. This dashboard will appear on our website for your reference. When checking it, please note the 'update' date on the dashboard to see if the information is completely up-to-date. Our intention is to update this dashboard on a weekly basis. All positive cases listed are those that resulted in contact tracing. All information included is cumulative given the small size of our district and our desire to protect privacy as much as possible.
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Help us Keep Schools Open!

County Health Update

Wisconsin reported 5,262 new COVID-19 cases Monday, along with 64 deaths. Both are record numbers.

Wisconsin also passed 200,000 cumulative cases in the last week. Half of those cases came in the last 36 days.

Wisconsin's current 7-day average for deaths is 31, whereas it was six about two months ago.

Compared to other US states as of 10/27/20, Wisconsin has the 3rd highest number of daily new cases per 100k people (7 day moving average), and the 4th highest number of daily new cases (7 day moving average).

Please watch for a letter from the Washington County Superintendents that will arrive in your email inboxes on Monday morning regarding our plans to continue navigating this pandemic and how we must continue to work together.

The below map from globalepidemics.orgs shows that the current areas of highest risk for COVID-19 have moved away from the coasts, and to areas of the country that are generally more rural and less populous.

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What if we have a symptomatic family member or a positive case?

  • If anyone in your family gets a covid test, please note that your entire family should quarantine until you have the results. This helps to reduce the amount of contact tracing should someone test positive.
  • Parents, if you or a child, tests positive, please notify the school office as soon as possible. Your early notification allows us to more quickly respond and mitigate through contact tracing.
  • Staff members are asked to notify a building or district-level administrator if they, or a family member, have a confirmed, positive test result, or if they learn of a student or family impacted by covid.

The health department will report confirmed cases to the school district.

In cases when staff or students were in close contact with the individual who was confirmed positive, an additional letter outlining information and next steps was sent out to impacted families. (If you do not receive a second letter, it means you/your child were not found to be in close contact with the individual who tested positive.) In close contact cases, a 14-day quarantine is necessary.

The sample letters and guidelines for quarantine and isolation are below. We look forward to continue partnering with you and keeping everyone informed as we navigate through the 2020-2021 school year.

SAMPLE Parent/Staff Letter_Positive Case in School

SAMPLE Close Contact to a COVID-19 Case in the School

Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

COVID Testing Requirements to Return to School:

If your child is at home because they are experiencing symptoms found on the COVID-19 Health Screening Checklist for Children, please WAIT 4-5 days before being tested per guidance from the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department.

There is currently more than one type of COVID test available.

A PCR test is currently the ONLY accepted NEGATIVE test result in determining whether or not your child can return to school earlier than the 10 days + 24 hours quarantine period.

Please see below for an explanation of the COVID tests currently available.

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For more updates from the Washington-Ozaukee Public Health Department or the Department of Health Services visit their websites, linked below:

Is there a daily routine I should follow?

In being partners in education, we have a few expectations and procedures designed to keep everyone at school safe and healthy.

  1. Everyday before-school please review the list of general illness and covid symptoms and check your child's temperature. Please keep children home if they are experiencing any signs of illness.

  2. Send your children to school with a mask. If students and staff wear masks appropriately, we have a significantly better chance to remain open for face to face instruction. (You may choose to send a few masks.)

  3. This year more than ever we need your emergency contact information in Skyward to be up to date so that if a student is ill and must be sent home, we can reach you or your child(ren)'s emergency contact. The expectation is that he or she will be picked up within 30 minutes.

If you have questions please check the district website or contact your school office. This year will be different but we are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience we wish all of you a successful healthy new school year

Pupil Services Updates, Ms. Tomich

New On-Site Clinical Mental Health Partnership Program Coming Soon

The Holy Hill Area School District is pleased to announce to our school community that a new service will soon be provided within the Holy Hill Area School District. As a school district we are aware of the number of our students receiving clinical mental health support. We also know that accessing clinical mental health services outside of school hours can be a challenge. Identifying a provider, arranging transportation, and finding a time slot that works with busy schedules can be difficult. We are happy to announce that St. A’s agency will look to begin offering clinical services on site within the Holy Hill Area School District as part of a partnership program beginning as early as January 2021. Please stay tuned for more information as we look to establish this on site clinic within our school district.

Join Our Team!

The Holy Hill Area School District is currently seeking a few individuals to support our special education students at Richfield Middle School. These positions are part time. If you are interested please contact Cyndi Tomich, Director of Pupil Services or Ryley Laird, Principal at RMS at 262-628-1032. You can also apply online through WECAN at

Search for: "Holy Hill Area School District."

Home & School Connection: Tips for Parents

Working Together for School Success

Join Our Team

We have several vacancies. Are you, or is someone you know, interested in being a part of our team? If so, head to WECAN to see our postings. Search for Holy Hill Area School District.

Certified Vacancies:

- Speech Therapist (short-term)

- Band/Orchestra at RMS

- Guest Teachers (short-term)

Support Staff Vacancies:

- Paraprofessionals

- Food Service Worker

- Library Media Assistant

Community Links

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