3.18.20 Update From Superintendent

3.18.20 Update From Superintendent
Posted on 03/18/2020
3.18.20 Update From Superintendent

March 18, 2020

 

Dear Families & Staff,

 

Governor Tony Evers announced Tuesday afternoon that Wisconsin’s K-12 schools are now closed “for the duration of the public health emergency.” (The previous tentative date to resume school was April 6). During this time, it will be our goal to continue to provide your child with a quality education to the best of our abilities.  Virtual learning is a new experience for all of us, but we are hopeful that it will continue to meet the needs of our students. 

 

The probability of an extended and prolonged closure brings into question some of our time-honored events including high school events such as Prom, Scholarship Night and Graduation as well as LGMS Graduation/Promotion. We are still planning on having these events, but they may have their dates and format changed depending upon the length of our closure. Further communication will take place surrounding these and other scheduled school events. However, none will take place until school resumes or the public health emergency comes to an end.

 

Our school offices and the administration building will remain open with revised hours of operation. Those hours will be Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. until further notice. Office and administrative staff will be available during this time. It would still be safer for all to contact your school by phone or e-mail, but if you have to enter the building, please practice social distancing by trying to keep a six-foot distance between our office or administrative staff and yourself.

 

Grab and go bag meals will be available for all children Wednesday, March 18, Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20.  No meal service will be provided during the week of spring break. Meal pickup will resume on Monday, March 30. Visit our Coronavirus Update webpage for more food services information and other important details and updates.

 

The Governor also issued a ban on mass gatherings of more than 10 people. There are some exceptions for necessary services. Please read the full order here.

 

Yesterday, the Department of Public Instruction stated it will waive a state-mandated hour requirement to districts requesting to do so during the ongoing public health emergency, so there will not be a need to make up school days missed this year.

 

As this is a rapidly changing situation, the District will continue to keep you updated as we move forward.

 

Please continue to practice good hygiene and strict social distancing measures to ensure the safety of our entire school/community.

 

I know we have been saying this a lot lately, but we are grateful for your continued patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented time. Thank you sincerely to everyone who is banding together to support each other and our students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. James Gottinger

Superintendent

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