800 E. North Shore Drive, Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

COVID Protocols 2021-2022


Mask Optional-Recommended


Screen Shot 2021-09-23 at 4.24.10 PM
Our dashboard provides an overview of the total number of students and staff in the district who are in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19. For the purposes of anonymity, if we have fewer than five cases in a category, it will be listed as <5.

  • The district will continue to follow isolation and quarantine guidelines in accordance with Wisconsin Health Department Services
  • If there is a positive case in a 4K – 5th grade classroom, the entire classroom will receive an email that there is a positive case and families will be asked to watch for symptoms using the COVID-19 Daily Health Screening. If there is a positive case at the middle school, families at that grade level will be notified.

With the Board’s decision to make masks optional, we expect our schools to be a mixture of children and adults with and without masks. Our children are used to seeing this when they are out and about in our community. In summer school we had a similar environment and students were accepting of each other. Please encourage your child to be comfortable with your family’s choice related to masks, while respecting the choices of others. 

Based upon what is happening in other parts of the country where schools are already in session, we must be prepared for the possibility of an outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus. It can be disruptive when a child is unable to attend school. Please have plans in place in the event your child is unable to attend school. 

Our families did a great job of keeping COVID out of our schools last year. We appreciate your support again this year. Please continue to do the daily health screener each morning and keep children home from school if:

  • they exhibit symptoms of COVID 
  • someone in your household exhibits symptoms of COVID
  • someone in your household tests positive for COVID

The exception to the rule is children who are vaccinated. Children who have been vaccinated are able to come to school if someone in the household exhibits symptoms or has tested positive for COVID, unless they start to exhibit symptoms themselves. 

Click here to learn more about what to do if your child exhibits symptoms or is sent home from school with COVID symptoms.

If your child must isolate or quarantine at home, the teacher will send home school work for them to complete. If there is a situation where we have to shut down an entire classroom or school, we may provide virtual instruction for the class for a period of time. If that is the case, the district will provide iPads or Chromebooks for students to take home and the teacher will give directions on how to log in each day for instruction.

Similar to last year, we begin the 2021-22 school year with much uncertainty. Our goal is to keep our buildings open and our students in school learning. Each of us needs to remain flexible as conditions change throughout the school year. 

Thank you for your continued support of our teachers and our schools. When we stay focused on our children, great things happen!

Sincerely,

Nancy Nikolay
Superintendent 


The School Board has approved the following measures for the 2021-22 school year:

Classroom Practices:

  • All students will return to in-person instruction. (No virtual option)
  • Masks are optional at school, but mandatory on school buses due to federal law.
  • There will be one “mask required” classroom at each grade level K-5.
  • The strategy of cohorting students in the same group all day will be eliminated.
  • Students will not be physically distanced due to lack of space.
  • Teachers may return to a more collaborative classroom set-up with desks in pods, small group instruction, morning circles, and mini-lessons on the rug.
  • Mitigations strategies such as bell covers, open windows, and classes held outside when weather allows will be used in band and music classes.
  • The district will resume extra curricular activities including clubs, sports, and concerts.
  • There will be no field trips. (This will be revisited by the administrative team at the end of October.)
  • Staff and students will continue good hand hygiene practices.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines:

  • The district will continue to follow isolation and quarantine guidelines in accordance with Wisconsin Health Department Services
  • If there is a positive case in a 4K – 5th grade classroom, the entire classroom will receive an email that there is a positive case and families will be asked to watch for symptoms using the COVID-19 Daily Health Screening. If there is a positive case at the middle school, families at that grade level will be notified.
  • The district will continue to share a dashboard to monitor school transmission of COVID-19

Building Procedures:

  • The custodial staff will continue cleaning and sanitizing rooms on a regular basis.
  • Buildings will continue to have increased fresh air circulation and ionization systems.

Visitors and volunteers will not be allowed in the buildings during school hours while students are present. (This recommendation will be revisited by the administrative team at the end of October.) 


Safety Protocol #1 – Complete the Daily Health Screening:
2021-22 Daily Health Screening

Please complete the Daily Student Absence Form individually for each student being reported absent, arriving late, or leaving early for appointments.  Thank you.

Safety Protocol #2 – Follow Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines:
COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine 8.2021

 

Safety Protocol #3 – if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, please contact the District Nurse Ann-Marie Meissner at ameissner@hartlake.org

Safety Protocol #4: Please make sure your child has a primary doctor.
So what do you do if your child is sent home from school with COVID-19 symptoms? The first step is to contact your child’s physician. Click My Child Has Been Sent Home Sick 2021 for details on how to proceed.

Reminder:  If one child is sent home with symptoms, the rest of the siblings will be sent home to quarantine. Your entire family must quarantine while waiting for your child’s COVID-19 test results. If the results are positive, the entire family must continue to quarantine. If the results are negative, the siblings may return to school and the child who was sent home with symptoms may return to school 24 hours after his/her symptoms have subsided.

Other Resources:
Ways to help your child adjust to masks
Putting on and taking off your mask
Wearing Masks Story
Social Story – Seeing Others Wearing Masks
How to Wash a Cloth Face Covering _ CDC


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