OASD Emergency Information

This page will be used to provide updates during an urgent or emergency situation.

Friday, March 20, 2020- 9:00 a.m.

OASD FAMILY UPDATES FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 20
We will share updates with OASD families every weekday morning and continue until school resumes.  These updates may be short or they may be long, depending on what new information is available that day.  All further updates will be posted daily before 9 a.m. at www.oasd.org/Emergency.

Important Dates

Post-spring break learning schedule 
As a result of the instructional hours waiver provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and stated in Governor Tony Evers’ mandate release on Tuesday, March 17, the OASD has more flexibility to direct Teaching and Learning than what we recommended at the onset of this pandemic planning. 

Beginning with the Monday after Spring Break,  Mondays will be used as collaboration and team planning days for teachers and staff.  Virtual Learning Days will occur on Tuesday-Friday during the week. Based on feedback, as well as so many successes this week, it is clear that the time for teachers to collaborate is increasingly necessary in the virtual environment.  Our intent is not to have less instruction, but high-quality instruction throughout the week.  


Enjoy Spring Break!
This has been a week unlike almost any other for everyone.   As such, I hope everyone will take some time next week to get away from “school” and school work to relax and recharge.  Thank you for your trust and support as we work through these most challenging times. We will get through this together!

  • March 18-20: Online Virtual Learning for all OASD students
  • Spring Break - March 21-29: No virtual online learning - students and staff off school
  • March 30-Until Further Notice: Online Virtual Learning continues for all OASD students


New Developments
Free and Reduced Food Service Updates and Future Food Pick-up Dates
The OASD has established a plan to provide meals for all students who are in need and we have alerted food pantries to increased community need.  If this is a worry for you, please contact your school social worker so we can help you access district and/or community resources.  If any community member or business would like to donate, please contact any of the OASD social workers listed below.

Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch can pick up a full week of breakfast and lunch “Grab and Go” meals at Oconomowoc High School East Campus.  Pick up dates and times are as follows: 

  • Sunday, March 29:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 30:   8:00-10:00 a.m. or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  


This program will continue as long as the OASD is closed and will allow families an easy food pick-up plan.  District social workers will be on hand to help families through this process.  If you do not have a vehicle, please contact your school social worker for delivery arrangements. 

Erica Lannan (Oconomowoc High School): 262-560-3128 or LannanE@oasd.org  
Nicole Mara (NHI): 262-569-4953 or MaraN@oasd.org              
Jessie Mueller (SLI): 262-560-4300 ext. 4313 or MuellerJe@oasd.org  
Jordyn Ginsberg (GRN and MDV): 262-560-8108or GinsbergJ@oasd.org  
Erin Lee (IXO and PKL): 262-560-8234or LeeE@oasd.org  
Katherine Konle (Summit): 262-560-8310 or KonleK@oasd.org

Virtual Learning Updates
Do you need help with accessing technology resources or with tech devices for virtual learning? Please contact the Technology Team if you need assistance.  You can reach them at 262-560-2126 or helpdesk@oasd.org.

If you have questions about your student’s instructional materials or assignments, please contact their teacher.

Events & Athletics Updates
Event Cancellations at Oconomowoc High School
Several events at Oconomowoc High School have been canceled due to our continued school closure.  Read the Updates from OHS Blog for more information on event cancellations.

The WIAA has suspended the high school Spring sports season during the statewide closure. Teams cannot practice, compete, or meet off-campus. Oconomowoc High School hopes to start the Spring season as soon as school reopens. 

General Event Cancellation Information
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all District activities and events in our school buildings & the OAC have been cancelled until further notice.  

Click here for the PDF version of the March 20, 2020, OASD Daily Updates

Estamos trabajando diligentemente para traducir nuestros documentos al español. Por favor comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo para aclaración. Si todavía necesitas aclaración, por favor comuníquese con Martita Mirsberger al (262) 560-8300 ext 8343.


Thursday, March 19, 2020- 9:00 a.m.

OASD FAMILY UPDATES FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 19
We will share updates with OASD families every weekday morning and continue until school resumes.  These updates may be short or they may be long, depending on what new information is available that day.  All further updates will be posted daily before 9 a.m. at www.oasd.org/Emergency.

Important Dates
On Tuesday, March 17, Governor Tony Evers mandated in a statement that all schools in Wisconsin will remain closed for the full duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The full statement is available by clicking this link.

  • March 18-20: Online Virtual Learning for all OASD students
  • Spring Break - March 21-29: No virtual online learning - students and staff off school
  • March 30-Until Further Notice: Online Virtual Learning continues for all OASD students


New Developments
Free and Reduced Food Service Updates and Future Food Pick-up Dates

The OASD has established a plan to provide meals for all students who are in need and we have alerted food pantries to increased community need.  If this is a worry for you, please contact your school social worker so we can help you access district and/or community resources.  If any community member or business would like to donate, please contact any of the OASD social workers listed below.

Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch can pick up a full week of breakfast and lunch “Grab and Go” meals at Oconomowoc High School East Campus.  Pick up dates and times are as follows: 

  • Sunday, March 29:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 30:   8:00-10:00 a.m. or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  

This program will continue as long as the OASD is closed and will allow families an easy food pick-up plan.  District social workers will be on hand to help families through this process.  If you do not have a vehicle, please contact your school social worker for delivery arrangements. 

Erica Lannan (Oconomowoc High School): 262-560-3128 or LannanE@oasd.org  
Nicole Mara (NHI): 262-569-4953 or MaraN@oasd.org              
Jessie Mueller (SLI): 262-560-4300 ext. 4313 or MuellerJe@oasd.org  
Jordyn Ginsberg (GRN and MDV): 262-560-8108or GinsbergJ@oasd.org  
Erin Lee (IXO and PKL): 262-560-8234or LeeE@oasd.org  
Katherine Konle (Summit): 262-560-8310 or KonleK@oasd.org


Health Updates
What Does “Flatten the Curve” Really Mean?

Dr. Alexandra Hall, a physician and biology instructor at UW-Stout explains what “flatten the curve” means and defines social distancing in an easy-to-understand video that’s appropriate for kids and adults.  Click this link to access her video.


Reporting Attendance and Illness
If your child is unable to participate in virtual learning because of illness, please call your school attendance line.  When you leave a message on the attendance line, please include:

  • The date you are calling
  • Child’s symptoms
  • Whether your child has received a doctor’s diagnosis for the illness
  • Your name and telephone number

If your child is not able to participate in virtual learning days because of a reason that is not illness, please also call your school attendance line.  When you leave a message on the attendance line, please include:

  • The date you are calling
  • The reason your child cannot participate
  • Your name and telephone number


Current CDC Social Distancing Recommendations
Our school district closure does help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, but it’s important to follow the CDC recommendations in your daily routines and activities.  These are the newest CDC recommendations:

  • Avoid social gatherings or groups of more than 10 people
  • Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options for dining
  • Avoid discretionary travel

 

These advisories are ever-changing right now.  Additional information can be found through these sources:


Updates From the State of Wisconsin
The OASD is in regular contact with the State,  Department of Public Instruction, and county health departments.  If you have concerns about exposure to COVID-19, the State recommends that you contact your health care provider and/or county health department by phone.  You can visit these links for more information on contacting your county health department:


Virtual Learning Updates
We are asking that you reinforce with your children that this is not a vacation; rather, it is school in an alternative setting.  Teachers will communicate learning objectives and provide instructional materials and assignments which will require completion. Teachers will also be assessing student learning. 

We understand that transitioning from the classroom to virtual learning will require computing devices for all of our students. Schools are currently working to identify student needs regarding technology use.  If you are in this situation, we are asking you to contact the OASD Technology HelpDesk (262-560-2126 or helpdesk@oasd.org)

Events & Athletics Updates
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all District activities and events in our school buildings & the OAC have been cancelled until further notice.  The WIAA has suspended the high school Spring sports season during the statewide closure. Teams cannot practice, compete, or meet off-campus. Oconomowoc High School hopes to start the Spring season as soon as school reopens. 

Care for Yourselves
The OASD will continue to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and will communicate our plans moving forward.  Again, these are challenging times, but we will get through this together. We have an amazing team across this district that is prepared to provide quality continuity of instruction and support services to our students, and a community that I know will pull together to support one another and our kids. 

Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Click here for the PDF version of the March 19, 2020, OASD Daily Updates

Estamos trabajando diligentemente para traducir nuestros documentos al español. Por favor comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo para aclaración. Si todavía necesitas aclaración, por favor comuníquese con Martita Mirsberger al (262) 560-8300 ext 8343.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020- 7:30 a.m.

OASD FAMILY UPDATES FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
We will be sharing updates with OASD families every weekday morning beginning today and continuing until school resumes.  These updates may be short or they may be long, depending on what new information is available that day. All further updates will be posted daily before 9:00 a.m. at
www.oasd.org/Emergency.

Important Dates
On Tuesday, March 17, Governor Tony Evers mandated in a statement that all schools in Wisconsin will remain closed for the full duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The full statement is available by clicking this link.

  • March 18-20: Online Virtual Learning for all OASD students
  • Spring Break - March 21-29: No virtual online learning - students and staff off school
  • March 30-Until Further Notice: Online Virtual Learning continues for all OASD students


New Developments
Reporting Attendance and Illness
If your child is unable to participate in virtual learning because of illness, please call your school attendance line.  When you leave a message on the attendance line, please include:

  • The date you are calling
  • Child’s symptoms
  • Whether your child has received a doctor’s diagnosis for the illness
  • Your name and telephone number


If your child is not able to participate in virtual learning days because of a reason that is not illness, please also call your school attendance line.  When you leave a message on the attendance line, please include:

  • The date you are calling
  • The reason your child cannot participate
  • Your name and telephone number


Current CDC Social Distancing Recommendations
Our school district closure does help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, but it’s important to follow the CDC recommendations in your daily routines and activities.  These are the newest CDC recommendations:

  • Avoid social gatherings or groups of more than 10 people
  • Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options for dining
  • Avoid discretionary travel

These advisories are ever-changing right now.  Additional information can be found through these sources:


Updates From the State of Wisconsin
The OASD is in regular contact with the State,  Department of Public Instruction, and county health departments.  If you have concerns about exposure to COVID-19, the State recommends that you contact your health care provider and/or county health department by phone.  You can visit these links for more information on contacting your county health department:


Virtual Learning Updates
We are asking that you reinforce with your children that this is not a vacation; rather, it is school in an alternative setting.  Teachers will communicate learning objectives and provide instructional materials and assignments which will require completion. Teachers will also be assessing student learning. 

We understand that transitioning from the classroom to virtual learning will require computing devices for all of our students. Schools are currently working to identify student needs regarding technology use.  If you are in this situation, we are asking you to contact the OASD Technology HelpDesk (262-560-2126 or helpdesk@oasd.org)

Free and Reduced Food Service Updates
The OASD has established a plan to provide meals for all students who are in need.  We have alerted food pantries to increased community need. If this is a worry for you, please contact your school social worker so we can help you access district and/or community resources.  If any community member or business would like to donate, please contact any of the OASD social workers listed below.

Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch can pick up a full week of breakfast and lunch “Grab and Go” meals at Oconomowoc High School East Campus.  Pick up dates and times are as follows: 

  • Sunday, March 29:  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 30:   7:00 – 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  


This program will allow families an easy food pick-up plan while school is not in session.  District social workers will be on hand to help families through this process. If you do not have a vehicle, please contact your school social worker for delivery arrangements. 

Erica Lannan (Oconomowoc High School): 262-560-3128 or LannanE@oasd.org  
Nicole Mara (NHI): 262-569-4953 or MaraN@oasd.org              
Jessie Mueller (SLI): 262-560-4300 ext. 4313 or MuellerJe@oasd.org  
Jordyn Ginsberg (GRN and MDV): 262-560-8108or GinsbergJ@oasd.org  
Erin Lee (IXO and PKL): 262-560-8234or LeeE@oasd.org  
Katherine Konle (Summit): 262-560-8310 or KonleK@oasd.org

Events & Athletics Updates
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all District activities and events in our school buildings & the OAC have been cancelled until further notice.  The WIAA has suspended the high school Spring sports season during the statewide closure. Teams cannot practice, compete, or meet off-campus. Oconomowoc High School hopes to start the Spring season as soon as school reopens. 

Resource Updates
2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 can be accessed by phone or computer.

Family Services of Waukesha
Family Service is an independent, non-profit counseling center that provides state-of-the-art psychotherapy, education, and advocacy services to anyone needing help across life's continuum - every age, every stage.  At Family Service they know that mental and emotional health are the basis for confident individuals, good parents, happy children, strong families, and productive communities. Families Services of Waukesha can be reached at (262)-567-4455.

Gals, Institute, LLC
Gals Institute is a collaborative group of licensed clinicians providing therapy services, resiliency building workshops, one day events, and support groups in the Lake Country Area.  They have a team of 13 providers consisting of clinical and in-training licensed therapists who bring an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise in their care for families. Additional clinical team members include a registered licensed dietician and all clients have access to their Mental Health Prescriber (NP).  Gals Institute can be reached at (262)-337-9770.

Jefferson County
EMH staff can be reached during the week from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. by calling (920)-674-3105 and asking for the mental health intake worker. Any other time they can be reached by calling (920)-674-3105 and follow the automated prompts to reach the after-hours intake worker.

Student Family Assistance Program through Aurora
The Student and Family Assistance Program is available at no charge to all students, as well as the family members with whom they live. Help begins when a family member or legally responsible adult calls the program.  Call (800)-236-3231 and identify yourself as eligible for Student and Family Assistance Program services through your school.

Waukesha County: Crisis Intervention
During regular business hours, contact the outpatient clinic at (262) 548-7666 and ask to speak with a crisis worker. During non-business hours, contact Impact 2-1-1 via the Waukesha County hotline at (262) 547-3388 and ask to speak with a Waukesha County mental health crisis worker.

Your Choice to Live, Inc. Prevention Education
Your Choice provides awareness, prevention education, resources, and support to youth and parents in regard to alcohol and drug use.  Visit www.yourchoiceprevention.org for links to resources or contact them at (262)-354-8344.

Care for Yourselves
The OASD will continue to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and will communicate our plans moving forward after the WI State-mandated closure through April 6, 2020.  Again, these are challenging times, but we will get through this together. We have an amazing team across this district that is prepared to provide quality continuity of instruction and support services to our students, and a community that I know will pull together to support one another and our kids. 

Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Click here for the PDF version of the March 18, 2020, OASD Daily Updates

Estamos trabajando diligentemente para traducir nuestros documentos al español. Por favor comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo para aclaración. Si todavía necesitas aclaración, por favor comuníquese con Martita Mirsberger al (262) 560-8300 ext 8343.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020- 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Governor Tony Evers mandated in a statement that all schools in Wisconsin will remain closed for the full duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
We will continue to communicate updates as new information becomes available to share.

The full statement is available by clicking this link.

 


Friday, March 13, 2020-4:30 p.m.

-March 16-17: Students off- no school- considered snow days for students and teacher prep days
-March 18-20: Virtual online learning starts for all OASD students
-Spring Break: March 21-29- No virtual online learning- Students and Staff Off
-March 30-April 6: Online Virtual Learning Continues

Late afternoon, Friday, March 13, 2020, WI Governor Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue a statewide closure of K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state's efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. This mandate was issued after the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) finalized District plans and communicated with staff and families. The District's communication stated that our closure would last until the end of spring break on March 29, however, this date has changed with the state mandate. The OASD will be closed until April 6, 2020. Additional follow-up communication to staff and families will include this date change. These are unprecedented times for our community, State and Nation. We are all in this together and we appreciate your patience as we work to communicate these updates as quickly as possible.


Friday, March 13, 2020- 4:14 p.m.

March 13, 2020

Dear OASD Staff and Families,

I know this continues to be a challenging time for each of you and your students, and there continues to be new changes and shifts almost daily as the Coronavirus pandemic evolves.  Without question, we are living in an unprecedented time.  

Over the past few weeks, the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) has been working closely with area Health Departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay informed on the most current information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community remained a top priority as we worked in response to COVID-19. The more we learned about community transmission, and the need to flatten the curve of the pandemic, the clearer it became that putting students together in our schools at this time runs contrary to that health and safety priority.  

Now, I believe, is the time for our school community to make an important shift.  All school and district building sites in the OASD will be closed next week, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.  Continuity of instruction will occur through virtual learning for grades 4-12 and via hard copy learning assignments and digital resource options at the primary (PK-3) level.

Why am I making the decision today?
Challenging times like these require difficult decisions. Please know that as a District we considered multiple scenarios, but concluded that the health of our children and families, staff and their families, and the most vulnerable in our homes and our community is of utmost importance.  As a result, we must support all efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our community and our region.  

CONTINUITY OF INSTRUCTION

Next week the Oconomowoc Area School District will be moving to virtual learning for grades 4-12.  At the primary level (PK-3), learning will occur via hard copy learning assignments and digital resources. 

March 16-17, 2020, will be treated as non-school days (consistent with how a snow day is treated).  On these days, our teachers will be finalizing their online instructional planning.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all district-wide online instruction will begin.

March 21-29:  OASD Spring Break

I am asking that you reinforce with your children that this is not a vacation; rather, it is school in an alternative setting.  Teachers will communicate learning objectives and provide instructional materials and assignments which will require completion.  Teachers will also be assessing student learning. 

What if my student doesn’t have a computing device or internet connection?
We understand that transitioning from the classroom to the cloud will require computing devices for all of our students. Schools are currently working to identify student needs regarding technology use.  If you are in this situation, we are asking you to contact the OASD Technology HelpDesk (262-560-2126 or helpdesk@oasd.org)

What about my child who requires Special Education services?
Instructional staff who provide services to our students with disabilities will make every effort to deliver the support indicated in each student’s IEP utilizing the platforms available. Staff will be communicating with families regarding their child’s IEP services during any sustained school closure. When services return to the classroom setting, IEP teams can meet to determine if additional services are needed. 

Students with IEPS and Virtual Learning Days
Online content and instruction must be made accessible to all students, including students with IEPS, during virtual learning days. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires an IEP team obtain student data that supports the identification of appropriate supplementary aids and services necessary for a student with special needs to participate in virtual learning days.  

For students with disabilities who do not use an online platform for learning or for whom an online platform is not appropriate, teachers shall provide parents/caregivers with appropriate educational materials and learning activities for student use.

OASD FAMILIES UTILIZING FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM
We are establishing a plan to provide meals for all students who are in need.  We will be alerting food pantries to increased community need. “Blessings in a Backpack” will include 2 weeks of food.  If this is a worry for you, please contact your school social worker so we can help you access district and/or community resourcesIf any community member or business would like to donate, please contact any of the OASD social workers listed below.

Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch can pick up a full week of breakfast and lunch “Grab and Go” meals at Oconomowoc High School East Campus.  Pick up dates and times are as follows: 

Sunday, March 15:  4 –6 p.m.

Monday, March 16:   7 a.m.-9 a.m. or 4 p.m.-6 p.m.  

This program will allow families an easy food pick-up plan while school is not in session.  District social workers will be on hand to help families through this process. If you do not have a vehicle, please contact your school social worker for delivery arrangements.  If school remains closed after spring break, meals will again be offered at the same time starting Sunday, March 29, 2020.  

Erica Lannan (Oconomowoc High School): 262-560-3128 or lannane@oasd.org

Nicole Mara (NHI): 262-569-4953 or maran@oasd.org             

Jessie Mueller (SLI): 262-560-4300 ext. 4313 or muellerje@oasd.org   

Jordyn Ginsberg (GRN and MDV): 262-560-8108or ginsbergj@oasd.org   

Erin Lee (IXO and PKL): 262-560-8234or leee@oasd.org   

Katherine Konle (Summit): 262-560-8310 or konlek@oasd.org

OASD EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all District activities and events in our school buildings & the OAC will be cancelled until further notice.  Contact your school sites to confirm any scheduled events planned for Friday, March 13, will be held.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT RESOURCES
Attached is the OASD FAQ that will include additional resources and important information for families as we work together during this time of district closure.

OASD will continue to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and will communicate our plans for after spring break during that week.  Again, these are challenging times, but we will get through this together. We have an amazing team across this district that is prepared to provide quality continuity of instruction and support services to our students, and a community that I know will pull together to support one another and our kids. 

With OconPride,

Roger J. Rindo
Superintendent

OASD Pandemic Plan Preparation and Management FAQ English [PDF]
Dr. Rindo Letter to OASD Staff and Families Spanish [PDF]
OASD Pandemic Plan Preparation and Management FAQ Spanish [PDF]


Thursday, March 12, 2020- 2:52 p.m.

March 12, 2020

Good Afternoon OASD Families,

I am writing to update everyone regarding Coronavirus planning. The events of last night (NCAA Tournament games played limited fans, NBA games suspended) and today’s decision by the WIAA to limit fans at all remaining winter sports season tournaments have started to cause many new questions to be asked. In addition, I understand that the State Health Department is holding a conference call with county departments across the state today.

Our pandemic preparation and response plan is available online at www.oasd.org/Emergency. Please take some time to read it in its entirety. It includes a plan for the continuity of instruction in the event of a shutdown which is included at the back of the pandemic plan. The plan includes:

Virtual learning for grades 4-12. At the primary level (PK-3), learning will occur via hard copy learning assignments or digital resources.

Support for our students with disabilities toward their IEP goals as well as support for our students who struggle with mental health to the fullest extent possible.

Arrangements to provide support for families who count on OASD to provide breakfast and lunch on a free or reduced basis. We also have plans to be reaching out to community partners in this regard in the event of a shutdown.

In the event of a closure, all teachers will be expected to communicate with families via Skyward Messaging.

In addition to communicating with district staff and families, we are currently preparing high-level FAQ communication regarding the district response that will be shared with community agencies and local governments for their information and support in the event of a closure. That communication is also attached.

We are living in unprecedented times right now. With that said, the speed with which this evolved has increased almost daily over the past week. I heard recently that as communities the best way to fight this pandemic is through a pandemic of kindness. We will get through this together. We have an amazing team across our district and a community that I know will pull together to support one another and our kids.

If there are OASD school closings due to COVID-19, the district will share information and updates in as many ways as possible to ensure families and the community have access to the information. In addition to the text, voicemail, and email updates that our families will receive, we also share information in these locations:

www.oasd.org/Emergency

Facebook: @oconomowocschools

Twitter: @oconschools

Instagram: oconomowocschools

With local media organizations

 

Please follow the Oconomowoc Area School District on social media to ensure you receive urgent or emergency updates.

Sincerely,

Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

OASD Pandemic Plan Preparation and Management FAQ [PDF]

OASD Pandemic Plan Preparation and Management [PDF]



Wednesday, March 11, 2020- 7:00 p.m.

March 11, 2020

Dear OASD Staff and Families,

As you prepare for the upcoming Spring Break, many of you may be wondering if the recent developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have an impact on your travel plans.

Currently, the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) is following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 and will continue to monitor developments. Additionally, the District is following the CDC and local health department guidelines and recommendations for travel.

While many businesses have initiated travel restrictions, as families you will all make your own decisions on travel. The CDC has several Warning Level 3 areas, which states that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to those areas. We are requesting that families and employees follow the CDC recommendations, which may include self-quarantine, depending on the region of the world visited. If you are traveling to an identified at-risk region, you will need to follow the CDC guidelines upon your return. The CDC and the World Health Organization are monitoring and updating travel alerts dailyPlease understand that visiting certain areas with a level 2 or 3 travel warning, or traveling on a cruise ship, may require contact limitations and/or quarantine upon return.

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

The links below will help provide additional information about travel concerning COVID-19, as well as providing answers for COVID-19 travel frequently asked questions.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/traveler...

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/traveler...

Please be mindful that advisories are ever-changing at this point and continue to check the CDC website frequently to determine if a warning has been issued that may impact your travel plans.

In addition to following the CDC guidelines, we will work with local health departments to assist with guidance. If at any point, you have concerns about exposure to illness based on your travel, it is advised to contact your local health department to discuss further precautions to take.

https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/publichealth

https://www.jeffersoncountywi.gov/departments/heal...

https://www.co.dodge.wi.gov/government/departments...

There is always a risk of exposure to illness while traveling domestically or internationally. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:

Avoid contact with sick people.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

The support and assistance of our school community when working to contain infectious diseases is vital. Teaching the foundations of healthy hygiene habits in the home and at work or school, self-reporting illness, and keeping sick individuals at home are essential elements in the success of containing infectious disease within a community. As a reminder, please continue to refer to the OASD illness guidelines when determining to keep your child home from school based on illness.

The OASD will share information and updates regarding COVID-19 in as many ways as possible to ensure families and the community have access to the information. In addition to the text, voicemail, and email updates that our families will receive, we also share information in these locations:

http://www.oasd.org/Emergency

Facebook: @oconomowocschools

Twitter: @oconschools

Instagram: oconomowocschools

With local media organizations

The District will continue to communicate updates as updates are available. Because this situation continues to evolve very rapidly, at the end of OASD's Spring Break week we will send additional communication to all families and staff that will include the most current travel destinations, both within the United States as well as international locations, that will require self-quarantine per CDC guidelines before returning to OASD school sites. Please follow the OASD on social media to ensure you receive urgent or emergency updates.

Sincerely,

Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D. 
Superintendent

Christy Deal, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Services

OASD Letter in English with District Illness Guidelines

OASD Letter in Spanish with District Illness Guidelines


Monday, March 2, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

The Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) has a comprehensive plan in place to manage potential outbreaks of infectious diseases. As a result of recent developments related to the Coronavirus or COVID-19, the District has brought together a team to update that plan with specifics related to COVID-19. We will be working closely with the Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services. We are also in the process of developing contingency plans for the continuity of learning in the event of significant absences of students or staff due to illness as well as for extended school closures.

The plan outline includes the following:

Coordination and communication around the actions of COVID-19 preparation

Student, family, and staff education on COVID-19 prevention strategies

Working with Health Department officials to provide guidelines to families and staff on health criteria to determine when to go home, when to stay home, and when it is safe to return to school/work

Confirming facility disinfection procedures district-wide, both now and in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or school closure

Ensuring proper sanitation procedures for OTC school buses

Coordinating with Oconomowoc Transport Company (OTC) to ensure continued operations during an outbreak or in the case of a school closure

Contingency planning for staff absences due to illness to ensure staffing levels are appropriate to provide instruction in a safe learning environment

Developing alternative plans for continuity of instruction for students during periods of significant absence or extended school closures

Identification of essential personnel required for district operations in the event of school closures

Currently, the OASD is following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 (see below). The District will continue to monitor developments and will revise the district response/pandemic plan as appropriate. The following information is from Christy Deal, OASD Director of Health Services:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which started in China. New cases have been identified in other areas of the world, as well as in the United States. At this time, only one confirmed case has been identified in Wisconsin.

It can be challenging to know when a child is too ill to attend school. The OASD illness guidelines can be a reference for you, as well as your primary care provider. Students with a fever should not return to school until they have been fever- free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (i.e., Tylenol or Ibuprofen). Students with vomiting or diarrhea should stay home until 24 hours symptom-free. It is important to follow these guidelines and the advice of your healthcare provider to help minimize the unnecessary spread of illness at school and ensure your child can appropriately rest and recover.

Click here to read the OASD Illness Guidelines (English)

Click here to read the OASD Illness Guidelines (Spanish)

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

The following links help provide a summary of COVID-19, as well as providing information through frequently asked questions. Our administrative and health services teams will continue to monitor updates and provide information as necessary.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

 

The support and assistance of our school community when working to contain infectious diseases is vital. Teaching the foundations of healthy habits in the home, self-reporting illness, and keeping sick individuals' home are essential elements in the success of containing infectious diseases within a community. For more information, questions, or concerns on COVID-19, please feel free to access the shared websites or contact your local health department.

https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/publichealth

https://www.jeffersoncountywi.gov/departments/heal...

https://www.co.dodge.wi.gov/government/departments...

 

If there are OASD school closings due to COVID-19, the district will share information and updates in as many ways as possible to ensure families and the community have access to the information. In addition to the text, voicemail, and email updates that our families will receive, we also share information in these locations:

www.oasd.org/Emergency

Facebook: @oconomowocschools

Twitter: @oconschools

Instagram: oconomowocschools

With local media organizations

 

Please follow the Oconomowoc Area School District on social media to ensure you receive urgent or emergency updates.


Friday, January 10, 2020- 7:00 p.m.

The OHS DECA Competition scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Kettle Moraine High School has been canceled by Wisconsin DECA.


Friday, January 10, 2020- 2:16 p.m.

Due to the dangerous road conditions expected this evening and significant snowstorm predicted for tomorrow, Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) is making several schedule changes and cancellations.

Today, Friday, January 10:

The OHS Girls Freshman and JV Basketball Games at OHS will now begin at 4:30 p.m.

The OHS Girls Varsity Basketball Game at OHS will now begin at 6:00 p.m.

All of the OHS Boys Basketball Games at Arrowhead High School will continue as originally scheduled.

Ixonia Elementary School PTO sponsored Movie Night will continue as scheduled.

Events and practices at the Intermediate Schools will continue as scheduled unless you hear from the club advisor or coaches.

Saturday, January 11:

Due to the significant snowstorm predicted for Saturday, the OASD is canceling all athletic activities for our student athletes, all club activities occurring at our schools, and closing our buildings.

Cancellations include activities scheduled at our schools by the Oconomowoc Rec Department and Oconomowoc Youth Basketball.

OHS DECA Competition at Kettle Moraine is continuing as planned.

At this time, the Oconomowoc Arts Center will still host "John Mueller's Winter Dance Party" at 7:00 p.m.

All OASD buildings will be closed and all outside scheduled events canceled.

Sunday, January 12:

Activities scheduled in OASD buildings will continue as planned.

Please exercise great caution if you are electing to attend any of the remaining scheduled activities in the area. If you have questions about an activity, please contact an athletic coach, club advisor, or organization directly. Any additional weather updates will be communicated at www.oasd.org/Emergency.

Stay safe and warm this weekend!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 4:51 a.m.
The Oconomowoc Area School District is closed today, Tuesday, February 12, due to the snow.  With the forecast showing improvements to our weather by the afternoon, after-school activities at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School will continue as planned. School Principals will communicate any evening cancellations directly with families.

El Distrito Escolar del Área de Oconomowoc está cerrado hoy debido al clima.


Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:20 a.m.

The Oconomowoc Area School District is closed today due to the freezing rain preventing buses from safely transporting students to school this morning. Due to the expected freezing rain, sleet, and rapidly dropping temperatures this evening, all after-school activities, clubs, and sports scheduled at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School will be canceled.  This includes these after-school events:

Greenland Elementary Science Fair

Park Lawn Elementary Talent Show and Community Open House

Parent/Teacher Conferences at Nature Hill Intermediate, Silver Lake Intermediate, Summit Elementary, and Meadow View Elementary


The OASD School Board Meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight in the OHS East Campus Wilkinson Board Room will continue as planned.  Given the early starting time of this meeting, we anticipate the meeting will conclude prior to the drop in temperatures.


Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:50 a.m.

The Oconomowoc Area School District is closed today due to the freezing rain preventing buses from safely transporting students to school this morning.  This includes after-school activities, clubs, and sports scheduled at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School.

El Distrito Escolar del Área de Oconomowoc está cerrado hoy debido al clima.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:15 p.m.

The Oconomowoc Area School District is closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, due to the cold weather.  This includes after school activities, clubs, and sports scheduled at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School.  However, due to the diminished afternoon wind chills expected tomorrow, a few after school events will proceed as scheduled, including:

Nature Hill Intermediate parent/teacher conferences

OHS Senior Directed Play, Rumors, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center

OHS previously scheduled athletic competitions


The OASD cancels school if there is a Wind Chill Warning with sustained wind chills at a level of 35 degrees below zero or more, and those temperatures are again projected through noon tomorrow.

El Distrito Escolar del Área de Oconomowoc estará cerrado mañana debido al clima.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.

The Oconomowoc Area School District will be closed tomorrow, January 30, due to the cold weather.  This includes all after-school activities, clubs, and sports scheduled at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School.

All OASD after-school activities today, Tuesday, January 29, will be completed no later than 6 p.m. The OHS JV2 Gold and JV basketball games at OHS vs. Arrowhead will proceed with a 3:30 p.m. start. OHS Varsity basketball will begin immediately following the completion of the JV games.  The Nature Hill Intermediate 5th Grade Parent Information Night scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. will also be rescheduled.

The OASD cancels school if there is a Wind Chill Warning with sustained wind chills at a level of 35 degrees below zero or more, and those temperatures are projected for tomorrow.  We will monitor the weather on Wednesday to make a decision about Thursday's schedule. As always, the decision to cancel school will be finalized as early as possible and shared with families and the community.

El Distrito Escolar del Área de Oconomowoc estará cerrado mañana debido al clima.


Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 5:00 p.m.
The Oconomowoc Area School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 28, due to the snow.  This includes all after-school activities, clubs, and sports scheduled at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School.  The Silver Lake Intermediate 5th Grade Parent Information Night scheduled for tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. will also be rescheduled.

El Distrito Escolar del Área de Oconomowoc está cerrado hoy debido al clima.


Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 1:30 p.m.

Cold Weather Information
In light of the near-term forecast, we want to remind everyone about our practice for cold weather cancellation.  Our district will cancel school if there is a Wind Chill Warning with sustained wind chills at a level of 35 degrees below zero or more. As always, the decision to cancel school will be finalized as early as possible in the morning, or perhaps the evening before if possible.

Please be sure children are dressed appropriately for these cold days. Hats, boots, snow pants, warm jackets and gloves or mittens are essential for students to be able to enjoy their time going to and from school or playing outside.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 5:00 a.m.
The Oconomowoc Area School District is closed today due to the snow.  This includes all after-school activities, clubs, and sports scheduled at our Elementary and Intermediate schools, and Oconomowoc High School.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 1:45 p.m.

Due to the expected inclement weather conditions today, the OASD is canceling all after school activities for Elementary Schools, Intermediate Schools, and Oconomowoc High School.  This includes all after-school clubs, sports, and meetings scheduled at all district buildings.

YMCA After School Care at our elementary schools will remain open for students enrolled in that program.

There are no cancellations for Wednesday, January 23, at this time. Any delays or cancellations will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed.




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