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.)
Welcome HHASD Team Members!
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
FLES Pumpkin Patch
RMS Halloween Dress-Up
HHASD Meditation Walk
Friday, Dec. 11th, 8am
FLES & RMS
Annual Meeting Review
Below are several messages and communications regarding covid testing, burden levels, and information from DHS and our county.
Covid - 19 Dashboard
County Health Update
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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
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 wecan.education.wisc.edu.
Search for: "Holy Hill Area School District."
Join Our Team
- Speech Therapist (short-term)
- Band/Orchestra at RMS
- Guest Teachers (short-term)
Support Staff Vacancies:
- Food Service Worker
- Library Media Assistant