Prescott School DistrictWisconsin Department of Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19) News & Information
Monday, March 16th, 2020
INFORMATION UPDATE: Today March 16, Governor Evers and the WI Department of Health prohibited mass gatherings of more than 50 in the state. However, public and private schools and childcare centers are exempt from this order. In addition, the President spoke from the White House. There will be confusion. Understand as of 4:30 pm. Pierce County has not had any new cases of COVID-19. In addition, no student or staff members have been identified with COVID-19.
Prescott Public Schools will be open on March 17th.
PSD will be open tomorrow in order to give parents more time to make childcare arrangements based on the imminent closure of all public schools statewide through April 6th. During the school day, teachers and students worked through different ways Prescott School District will be providing on-going continuous learning opportunities during the mandated closure of public schools.
Your building principal shared out site-based information on how your child will be supported. Your child's teachers will continue to provide families with explanations and support on how this process will work during the mandated closer. We have posted that material on our webpage as well.
We will update families at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17 about our status for Wednesday, March 18. We will also be providing information about CDC guidelines for foreign and domestic travel with spring break upcoming. Please continue to monitor our Prescott Web Page for ongoing updates.
As a parent, you have the right to make the best decision for your specific circumstances. If you already have a childcare plan in place for your children thank you. If you are still searching, know we are here to support you, but the mandated closing is coming soon.
We appreciate your attention to the ever-evolving information.
In-season activities/extracurriculars may conduct practices as scheduled (social distancing emphasis) at each program’s discretion up until 5 PM on Wednesday March 18th.
Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 4:30 pm.
In accordance with Governor Evers’ Friday declaration, all K-12 public and private schools in Wisconsin will be closed for students from Wednesday, March 18 at 5:00 pm. and tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.
Prescott School District is open for all students and staff on Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 5:00 pm.
Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
GOVERNOR EVERS TO CLOSE ALL WISCONSIN SCHOOLS
The mandated closure will begin on Wednesday, March 18th, to give school districts ample time to make plans for children, families, educators, and staff. School districts anticipate a reopening date of April 6, 2020; however, the reopening date is subject to change pending further information from the state. Prescott School District will abide by the Governor and Department of Health's guidance on when to reopen. Prescott Schools ask and "thank you" for your continued patience and support as our district administrators and staff navigate through this unprecedented time.
Friday, March 13, 2020, 3:07 p.m.
In this unprecedented time when we are seeing the WIAA, NBA, MLB, Broadway and entire states closing schools; PSD is readying for the possibility of a manated extended closure by the state government. Understand this decision has NOT occurred at this time.
Our educators are prepared to provide continuity of education through Extended-Learning opportunities. Should an extended closure become a reality, we will share how PSD will execute these plans with you prior to spring break.
Understand as of 3:00 pm March 13, 2020, Prescott Schools is anticipating to be in school next week.
Friday, District COVID-19 Update Letter
CDC - Guidance for School Settings
Travel & Mass Gatherings Recommendations and Community Risk, Pierce County Public Health
-- Reminder -- Sectional semifinal boys basketball tickets can be fully refunded by bringing in your purchased tickets to the HS office Monday, March 16th during the school day or that evening from 5-6PM.
Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:39 a.m.
WIAA announces cancellation of all remaining winter sports contests, including boys and girls basketball tournaments. This would include Saturday's sectional final contest for our Prescott Cardinal boys. Click here to read full article.
COVID-19 FAQ's - from the Pierce County Health Public Health Department
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5:18 p.m.
In partnership with our Pierce County Health Department, we are updating you on Prescott School District decisions to help slow the pace of spreading COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Understand we are all in a unique and unprecedented time. Information and decisions that were made week by week, day by day, are now made hour by hour. Please continue to monitor our Prescott website for ongoing messaging.
What district decisions have been made to help slow the pace/trend of spreading illness?
We are taking these steps to keep our students, staff, and community safe and help prevent the spread of this virus in an effort to protect our community -- not just our schools.
Why are schools not closing?
We remain in close consultation with the county and state health departments on that decision. We are using this time to continue to educate our staff, students and families about COVID-19 in a factual way. We are also able to monitor and assess students for signs of illness to ensure quick, appropriate care is being provided. If we need to close a school or the District, we will make decisions in concert with the Pierce County Health Department. Families are encouraged to think about options they may have in the event of a prolonged school closing. Understand all decisions remain fluid and based on the best information at the time and context.
What are our guiding principles for making decisions are based on many factors? Primarily, our goal is to:
We are all learning together on this. The Prescott School District is responding as quickly as we are able and a decision at the start of the day may change by the end of the day. We will do our best to keep everyone informed along the way.
What can we all do to take care of ourselves and to slow the spread of this virus?
Practice good hygiene -- clean and disinfect facilities; sanitize; wash hands; cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve.
Know the symptoms of COVID-19
Press Release: Gov. Evers Declares Public Health Emergency Due to COVID-19
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 8:39 a.m.
At this time, both the State and County Officials are reporting NO ADDITIONAL identified COVID-19 cases in Pierce County. We are in contact with these organizations twice a day (planned) and in constant open communication if required.
Also know that the Infuenza second wave of illnesses spiked last week within the state of Wisconsin. We continue to stress that any student exhibiting a fever should be kept at home for a minimum of 24 hours.
Pierce County Public Health COVID-19 Update, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8:22 p.m.
CLICK HERE to read their press release.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 10:59 a.m.
Following the news yesterday evening about a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Pierce County, we wanted to follow up with you as we learn more information from the Public Health Department. At this time no PSD staff member or student is known to be positive for COVID-19.
To recap our last message, the individual who tested positive was likely exposed while traveling to an event out-of-state where a confirmed case was present. Pierce County Public Health does not believe there is currently community spread occurring locally.
The individual was present at two Destination Imagination events. The first event was a practice event held at Prescott School District in the Community Education Room on the evening of Friday, March 6th. The second event was the Destination Imagination event held in Osceola on Saturday, March 7th. Students from 13 school districts, including Prescott, attended this all-day event.
Based on guidance from the CDC, state health department and Pierce County Public Health, students, parents and staff who participated in the Destination Imagination event are considered to be low risk for COVID-19. This assessment is based on the symptoms the individual experienced at the time and the activities the individual engaged in while at the event. The individual was not coughing at the event, nor did the individual have any prolonged conversations with anyone but the individual’s family.
The Osceola School District decided to close because the areas where the individual visited in the schools were large rooms that required time to disinfect. Prescott School District did not close because the areas this individual briefly visited on Friday, March 6th were small rooms. These rooms were thoroughly cleaned overnight, so there was no reason to close the school. At this time no Prescott Staff member or student is identified as infected with COVID-19. We will keep the community apprised as we monitor the situation.
The recommendations for low-risk individuals are to self-monitor for fever and symptoms and to self-isolate and contact their local health department if symptoms appear. Here is the link for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Instructions for Individuals with Low-Risk Exposure.
For Minnesota based cell phones (those without a 715 area code) please call 1-877-947-2211.
Here is a good resource about how to talk to your child about COVID-19
Monday, March 9, 2020, 9:44 p.m.
Dear Prescott Families,
We are writing this email to notify members of the Prescott School District that a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has been identified. Presumptive positive means that a state lab test resulted in a confirmed positive, but the test result has not been confirmed by the CDC. The case likely became infected during a recent domestic business trip. The case was tested positive on March 9th, 2020.
Pierce County Public Health quickly got in touch with the case, isolated the case and everyone else in the household and interviewed the case about recent activities. Public health is working to identify the case’s activities and potential contacts. During interviews, public health identified areas in the Intermediate and Elementary school where the case had visited. Both areas identified are used on a limited basis by students. The case also attended the Destination Imagination competition on Saturday, March 7th in Osceola.
Prescott District leadership worked with public health officials to start cleaning procedures for these areas. The areas will be thoroughly cleaned overnight with appropriate products.
The Prescott School District will be open tomorrow (Tuesday 3-10-20). It is up to each family to decide whether or not to send their children to school. The Wisconsin Department of Health has advised us that risk to the general school population is low.
We understand this news is concerning. District leadership is working closely with Public Health officials to guide decision-making. If there are any questions related to this news, please contact United Way, 1-877-947-2211. They have been provided with information by Public Health officials. Please understand that the privacy of the case must be protected, and questions regarding the case’s identity will not be answered.
Thank you for supporting the school district as we work quickly to protect the health of our staff, students and community. We will send out further communication via email periodically.
Monday, March 2, 2020
Prescott School Disitrct and Peirce County Public Health Department responds to Coronavirus
The Prescott School District values the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families. We work throughout the year to promote healthy schools. Safety is always our priority.
This letter is to provide parents and community members with updated information about the District’s response to the latest news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread to a number of countries around the world. Please note that at the time this letter is being written, there is not a coronavirus pandemic in Wisconsin and there are still limited cases in the United States.
The Prescott School District has a Pandemic Action Plan that was developed in conjunction with other agencies, including Pierce County Public Health Department. We want you to know that we are regularly in contact with the Pierce County Public Health Department to monitor daily updates and CDC recommendations. At this time, the Department of Health Services still considers the risk to the general public as low.
The recommendations as of now from the CDC and Pierce County Public Health remain prevention-focused. Listed below are the recommendations for preventing the spread of any virus and reducing the spread of germs.
Please be sure to monitor the age-appropriate impact on children who are watching and/or hearing news reports that could cause anxiety or fear. Focus on prevention measures, like good hand hygiene, and use reliable sources for information about the situation. Below are the sites that are recommended for information:
The CDC has detailed information which is continuously updated at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The WI Department of Health Services also has information available at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
We will continue to work with the Pierce County Public Health Department and other agencies to monitor the ongoing situation and make any additional recommendations in the operations of our schools.
Cassie Butler R.N.
Prescott School District Nurse