Prescott School District
Coronavirus (COVID-19) News & Information

Mask Adaptations & Alternatives

Close Contact Requirements Update - December 7th, 2020 Latest information on Governor Ever's Safer at Home and school closure.

April 16, 2020 
Today, April 16, 2020, Governor Evers has extended the stay at home declaration through May 26 and declared all public and private schools closed for the rest of the academic year.  Please understand this is related to our physical buildings being closed to students and staff.  Our ongoing support to our families and students remains steadfast.

Food Service meals will continue for children under 18.  Starting next week these services will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays with breakfast and lunch provided for multiple days. Please visit our main website at for more information on this service.

District Learning
  • Malone Elementary will remain our primary distribution site from 11 am. to 1 pm. On Tuesdays and Fridays until further notice.
    • Malone Elementary packet distribution will continue as scheduled for Friday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 21.  This was created to provide families with materials to sustain routines and consistency and to keep students engaged in learning through the end of our PSD academic year.
  • MIS, MS, and PHS will sustain similar programs as well.
  • Off-Campus Learning is essential to sustain ongoing learning and support our families.  Our commitment to providing these connections and learning opportunities will continue.
Transportation Department continues to assist our Food Service Department to deliver meals for families who indicate challenges to pick up meals. See district Food Service request form.

Instructional Material Distributions: Our mission is tied to continuous learning.  We will continue to provide Off-Campus Learning options.  Families that are requesting physical materials are being directed to principals and teachers at each site.

I realize this is an extremely bittersweet announcement, although it may not be a total surprise, it will affect us all in slightly different ways as parents, as employees, as community members. Please know that physical distance does not mean we cannot support one another. Reach out to your child’s administrator or teacher(s) if you have any specific questions.
I want to thank all our families for working with us during these very challenging times. Our staff will continue to be available to you and your children. You do NOT have to go it alone as our staff is committed to supporting all children and families within our community and beyond. I ask that you continue to engage with us and participate in your child’s ongoing learning.  
Finally, with today’s declaration, there are many more questions that remain unanswered and will need to be addressed in the coming weeks.  Our teachers, department heads, and the administrative team will continue to move forward in refining our plans in response to the governor’s decree.  

We are committed and will sustain our support systems for all. As we continue to outline our PSD response to this declaration, we will provide updates from a district and building level. I have asked Mr. Fiege, our HS Principal, to send a separate letter to our HS families as there will be additional questions that are specific to the class of 2020. I ask for patience as we begin to 're-tool' for the fall of 2020. Stay tuned, stay engaged.

March 31, 2020 Beginning Monday, April 6th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm., Prescott School District is providing breakfast and lunch for any child 18 and under who lives within the Prescott School District. Meals are provided at NO COST for the duration of the mandated school closure.

Check your Infinite Campus, home email , or the district's website for a link to sign up. Registration is REQUIRED to receive meals. You can also contact the School Nutrition office by 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 2nd, at 715-262-5389 option 4 to register.

The Prescott School District is committed to serving the needs of our community during the emergency closure and is here to support you during these difficult times.

March 25, 2020 - A special message from Dr. Spicuzza, watch here.

March 24, 2020: Today the Governor issued Emergency Order #12 to institute a Safer At Home policy. Please read the order carefully! The order is effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and remain in effect until 8:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

Prevention of the spread of COVID-19:
The public should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

  • Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching your face; and
  • Staying home.
March 19, 2020 - An email has been sent to families who qualify for free and reduced meals. PSD will be providing meals to families through drive-up service or delivery after completion of the information requested in the email.

March 18, 2020 ** IMPORTANT INFORMATION Regarding Spring Break Travel - please read here ***

March 17, 2020 -   Closure Information Parent Letter

Wisconsin Department of Health

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.

There will be no WIAA athletics until further notice.
  • This includes all participation including, but not limited to training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.
  • Schools and/or coaches may not bring students together during this time period for extracurricular or athletic purposes such as practices or other instructional/organizational purposes.
  • Schools and/or coaches may not be involved with students during their time period to provide instruction for practice purposes.
  • Coaches may provide individual workouts virtually, but shall not encourage or organize their team assembling to practice.
  • The order:
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.

Wednesday, March 18th, 5 p.m.: PSD Activities and ExtraCurricular Policy- Per Wisconsin State Governor Evers: No practices, No use of district facilities/grounds/equipment, No organized gatherings of teams or sub-parts of teams until April 6 as the absolute earliest date (tentative date of return).

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.
  • Following Governor Evers and Health Department guidelines, we will cease operations as of March 18th at 5 pm. for all academic and extracurricular activities.
  • PSD will use Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for staff and students to access materials they may need during this extended closure.
  • In addition, students will be instructed on how our extended age-appropriate learning activities will be provided during the state-mandated closure to ensure academic engagement is supported by our licensed staff.
  • During the state-mandated closure, Prescott licensed staff will be available via email and other forms of established communication.
  • Each school will be providing more information to you. 
  • On Friday, March 20 all Prescott School District buildings will be closed to all employees and community members to allow our custodial staff to clean and disinfect all spaces. This is in effect until further notice.
PSD will continue to follow recommendations by the local and state health departments and will communicate any updates to you. Thank you for your patience during this process.

Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
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
  • Tonight's (3-12-20) Boys Basketball game is available only to immediate families of our coaches and players.  (A WIAA decision and previously shared out at 1:00 pm)
  • All Community Education classes are canceled until further notice.
  • The Senior Gathering Space is closed until further notice.
  • School Field Trips will be curtailed.
  • Delay large group gatherings for plays, concerts, meetings, etc.   
For example, we will being canceling our MS Band and Choir events scheduled for next week.
  • We will either postpone or live stream (for home viewing) our PHS choir and band concerts. More information to come.
Other similar "gatherings" will be reviewed and considered for postponement.

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: 
  • Protect students, staff, and the community by understanding facts and research.
  • Maintain open and ongoing consultation with the Department of Health experts (County and State Dept of Health) and rely on CDC guidance. 
  • Provide accurate updates as new information becomes available as we all learn together.
  • Maintain a measured approach based on the most accurate information at the time of each decision.
  • Refrain from panic and overreaction.
In closing, schools alone are not going to stop or slow the pace of this virus spreading.  Many organizations, employers, communities, and individuals must work together to manage this situation. We appreciate your patience, support, and understanding. 

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   
  • The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are cough; fever; and difficulty breathing. 
If you or your children exhibit these symptoms, please work with our school nurse so we can ensure appropriate protocols are followed by your primary caregiver to test for Influenza, RSV, or CoronaVirus.
  • If your child is running a fever, it is imperative that you keep your child home for a minimum of 24-hours after the fever breaks and continue to update the school and/or school nurse about your child’s condition.
Social Distancing -- the rate and pace of the spread of this virus can be reduced and slowed by social distancing.  The less we interact, the more we slow the exponential rate of spread with this virus.

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.  
  1. There is no recommendation for self-isolation if there are no symptoms.  Children who attended this event may continue to attend school as long as they do not develop symptoms. 
  2. Anyone considered to be more than low risk would be contacted individually by their public health department for further assessment. 
  3. If you or your child exhibit symptoms you should first call your primary caregiver v. showing up unannounced.  
In Wisconsin, please call 211 if you have questions for the health department. 
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.
  • Maintain good healthy hygiene practices including frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often if no soap and water are available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay away from people who have the flu or a virus.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  
We have reviewed our cleaning products and there are multiple products we currently use that are pre-approved by the EPA to disinfect the coronavirus.  We will continue to regularly clean and disinfect high traffic areas in our schools.  

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:

The WI Department of Health Services also has information available at:

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