800 E. North Shore Drive, Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

Coronavirus Communications


Hartland Lakeside School District and Lakeside Academy will be closed:
March 16-20, 2020 – No School
March 23-30, 2020 – Spring Break
March 30 – Virtual Learning Begins


RESOURCES:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Home WiFi options:
Some internet carriers are offering free and/or low cost options that your family may be able to use.

See DPI list of internet offers for families

Spectrum is offering free broadband internet and WiFi access for 60 days to families with K-12 and college students. Charter, which operates Spectrum internet, said they will also waive installation fees for new households. Learn more about the Spectrum offer here or call 844-488-8395.

Comcast Internet Essentials indicated that they are providing 60 days of free internet to qualifying families. Learn more about the Comcast offer.

If you are unable to secure Internet access please contact helpdesk@hartlake.org.


March 26, 2020

Dear Families,

As you are aware, after spring break the Hartland Lakeside School District will begin to provide online learning for our students. Our third through eighth grade students will access their lessons through Google Classroom. This is a platform that many of our students have been using in their classrooms throughout the school year. On Friday we will send our students a reminder of how to access their accounts.

Our 4K – 2nd grade students will access their lessons through Seesaw. On Thursday and Friday, North families will receive an email invite from your classroom teacher to register for Seesaw. It is a user friendly platform that our young students and families will find easy to navigate.

Many of you have been wondering how online learning will work. Lessons will be posted daily by 7:00 a.m. We recognize that many of you are working from home and trying to support your children as they continue to learn online, so we have identified the core instruction that we believe students should participate in each day. The lessons have been condensed into short videos (ten minutes or less) that students will access via Google Classroom or Seesaw. After the lesson, students will be given an activity in which they will independently practice the skills and strategies highlighted in the video. The lessons have been recorded so our students can access them when it is convenient for their family’s schedule. Please make every effort to have your child log in daily to complete their lessons. We understand that every family’s schedule may look different based on your family situation. 

Our teachers will post their “Office Hours” on their Google Classroom/Seesaw pages. The Office Hours indicate when the teacher is available “virtually” to answer the questions students may have through email and/ or Google Meeting. We realize students will be accessing lessons at different times throughout the day. If students/families have questions at times other than during Office Hours, we encourage them to email their teacher. Teachers will make every effort to get back to them within 24 hours.

Attached is a table that outlines the number of minutes students will be involved in independent practice. When you look at the table you will notice that we have made every effort to set realistic expectations for the amount of time students can engage in online learning right now. If your child is taking more time than is outlined in the table, please contact your teacher and accommodations will be made. As our students and teachers get more comfortable with online learning, we will continue to raise our expectations.

We realize that many families do not have a technology device for each child in their household. Since the lessons are recorded and much of the independent practice can be done offline, children will be able to share a device. In initial communication that was sent to families two weeks ago, the district asked families without any technology or internet access to contact us. To ensure that all of our students have access to online learning, we have loaned one device to those families who indicated they have no device in the household. If you do not have a device available or internet access in your home, please click on this link https://forms.gle/FhCBbBGHm1RdBjo78

We know we will encounter issues as we move to online instruction on Monday, but we will work through these issues together. This is a stressful time for our children and families, yet our administrative team is touched by the overwhelming support and compassion of our families. Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help others. We are putting together a list of resources for our families in need and for those who wish to help. You are not alone. We are here to help you. 

Together we will find ways to help your child continue to learn and grow. We will guide our children through these challenging times in positive and productive ways. 

Sincerely,
The Hartland Lakeside Administrative Team


March 18, 2020

Dear Families,

The Hartland Lakeside School may be closed this week, but our teachers and administrators have been busy planning lessons for online instruction that begins after spring break on Monday, March 30. 

Next week families will receive an email with detailed information regarding our expectations for students’ online learning. In that email we will have information on how to access the lessons that will be posted for students daily. Even though our teachers will not be able to deliver instruction in person, we are committed to providing high quality instruction for our students online. Our teachers miss their students and are looking forward to working with them again on March 30. 

As we physically distance ourselves from others, the week of spring break will be different than many of us had planned. Yet we hope you find moments of joy as you pull your family in a little closer.

Sincerely,
The Hartland Lakeside Administrative Team


March 15, 2020

Dear Hartland Lakeside Families,

We wanted to provide you with a brief update.  The administration has been working this weekend in preparation for teachers and staff to start meeting this week to plan for the implementation of virtual learning that will start on March 30th after Spring Break.  Families who have a student receiving special education services, please see the letter below.

We will continue to updates families as more information becomes available.  Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,
Hartland Lakeside Administrative Team

Special Education Services Letter 03_15_2020.pdf


Dear Families of Students with Individualized Education Plans,

As we navigate school closures due to COVID-19, the District continues to receive guidance from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on how to provide free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Due to the fact that the district is closing down for all students during the week of March 16th, special education minutes for students with disabilities do not need to be met this week. 

Our administrative team is collaborating with our general and special education staff, related services providers, and technology department to determine how we will provide services to our students with special education needs once online learning begins after spring break. We will update you throughout the week as plans are put into place

According to the DPI, if we have students for whom services cannot be provided through the online opportunity that is available to other students, the District must determine what compensatory services are required once the student is able to return to school. The District will make every effort to provide compensatory services to make up for the minutes lost. However, DPI understands that in some cases this may not be possible.

As this situation continues to evolve, we will be seeking updates and guidance from DPI to ensure that we are meeting state and federal special education requirements for our students with disabilities. Working together, we will continue to meet the unique educational needs of your child. 

Sincerely,
The Hartland-Lakeside Administrative Team

 


March 13, 2020

Dear Hartland Lakeside Families,

Things have changed slightly since the email that was sent to families earlier today. Governor Evers has directed the Department of Health Services to close schools from March 18 through at least April 3, 2020. 

As mentioned in our earlier message, the Hartland Lakeside School District and Lakeside Academy will be closed all of next week through April 3, 2020. 

Below is an overview of the next four weeks:

  • Monday, March 16 – 20, 2020 No School
  • Monday, March 23 – 30, 2020 Spring Break
  • Monday, March 30 – April 3, 2020, Virtual Learning Begins from Home
  • Monday, April 6 – 10, 2020 Uncertain

Sincerely,
Hartland Lakeside Administrative Team

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Mandate Statewide Closure of All K-12 Wisconsin Schools
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee, Andrea Palm, to issue an agency order mandating the statewide closure of all 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. A copy of DHS Secretary-designee Palm’s order can be found here.

The mandated closure will begin on Wednesday, March 18th, in order to give school districts ample time to make plans for kids, families, educators, and staff. School districts, particularly those in counties with reported cases of COVID-19, may choose to close earlier than Wednesday. The anticipated reopening date is April 6, 2020; however, the reopening date is subject to change pending further information.

“Closing our schools is not a decision I made lightly, but keeping our kids, our educators, our families, and our communities safe is a top priority as we continue our work to respond to and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” said Gov. Evers.

Earlier today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 19 cases, including one individual who has recovered.

“Kids and families across Wisconsin often depend on our schools to access food and care,” Gov. Evers continued. “We are going to continue working to do everything we can to ensure kids and families have the resources and support they need while schools are closed.”

On Thursday, March 12th, the governor signed an executive order that directs DHS to take all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent and respond to incidences of COVID-19. It allows the Department to purchase, store, or distribute appropriate medications, regardless of insurance or other health coverage, as needed to respond to the emergency. It also authorizes state funds to support local health departments with costs related to isolation and quarantine, as well as the use of the Wisconsin National Guard.

Decisions about the implementation of other community measures will be made by state and local officials based on CDC and DHS guidance, as well as the scope of the outbreak.

People should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching your face;
  • Staying home when sick.

Recently DHS released new guidance for mass gatherings and travel, which can be found at the DHS website linked below.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

 


March 13, 2020

 Dear Hartland Lakeside School District Families,

Hartland Lakeside School District and Lakeside Academy will be closed Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 2020, due to an increase in non-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Waukesha County. Effective immediately all extracurricular activities are canceled until further notice. While school is closed all before and after school care will be canceled. 

On Wednesday, Waukesha County declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, and Governor Evers declared a public health emergency for the State of Wisconsin and called upon the people of Wisconsin to work aggressively to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We take this responsibility seriously, as we consider the impact of our decisions on students and their learning, our families and their personal and professional responsibilities, and the greater Lake Country area. As we learn from others’ experiences with COVID-19 both across the country and around the world, we want to answer one question with confidence, “Are we doing all that we can to keep our students, staff members, and community safe?”

Spring break will continue as planned from March 23-27, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please be aware that school closures may be extended beyond March 27, 2020. If we must remain closed after spring break, we will be implementing the district curriculum online for our students. You will receive additional information regarding online learning in the future. If your family does not have at least one device and internet access, please complete the Technology Access Form which is located on the district website.

While away from school, we strongly encourage families to follow the guidance and recommendations provided by the CDC and Waukesha County Public Health. Students and staff who travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country, or any area in the United States with a significant outbreak, are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school or work. We recognize the significant burden this places on our families, but feel this is the right thing to do in response to an unprecedented health crisis. We will continue to stay in conversation with county and state officials, to ensure that we play an active role in combating COVID-19. 

Sincerely,
Hartland Lakeside Administrative Team


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