Shorewood School District Will Close Due to Coronavirus

Dear Shorewood Families,

The health of our students, staff, families, communities and most vulnerable is of utmost importance and we support all efforts to reduce the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines for school districts on school closures today, March 13, 2020. In consideration of the unprecedented situation in Wisconsin and the nation, both the North Shore and Washington Ozaukee Public Health Departments support “medium length” school closures for schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Shorewood School District along with the following school districts--Whitefish  Bay, Brown Deer, Cedarburg, Fox Point- Bayside, Germantown, Glendale-River Hills, Grafton, Maple Dale-Indian Hill, Nicolet, Northern Ozaukee, Port Washington, Mequon-Thiensville, Glendale and River Hills-- will be closing for the next four weeks with the possibility of extension. This means that our district, along with others, will be closing for a four-week period beginning  today, Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. with school tentatively resuming on Monday, April 13, 2020. This pertains to ALL Shorewood facilities including: all four schools, the Recreation Department, community pools, Fitness Center, Milestones, and before/after school activities. Any further adjustments to school calendars will be handled by individual school districts through local control.  Each district has an individual plan to navigate this closure. See below for additional information.

The impact of a single case in any one school in a district is extremely significant. If one student or staff member becomes infected,  everyone who was in close contact will need to be quarantined for 14 days. Close contacts include anyone who spends time, within six feet, of the positive case. When considering the proximity of a school environment, the contacts and exposures grow exponentially. We are supporting closures before community transmission is confirmed to greatly reduce further spread of the COVID-19 in the community. We recommend that you follow the CDC and Public Health Department guidelines regarding social distancing and group size for gathering.

Instruction of Students
At this time, we don’t believe we can meet the Virtual Learning requirements set forth by the DPI for a variety of reasons. Therefore, we will not be able to provide online instruction during our extended school closure. However, we are working to identify resources that parents can use with their students at home and will communicate these resources in a follow-up email next week.

Breakfast/Lunch for Students
Aramark will provide student meals for families who qualify for Free & Reduced lunch meals. The pickup location will be at the Shorewood High School Youth Center (in the basement of the high school arena)

Breakfast Pickup
8-9:30 a.m. every weekday

Lunch Pickup
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. every weekday

With questions regarding student meals, please contact the Food Service office at 414-963-6914.

Student Medication Pickup
Student medications will be collected by each school and can be picked up on Monday, March 16th at your student’s school between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

If you have questions regarding student medications, please contact District Nurse Kelly Barlow at 414-961-2888 or kbarlow@shorewood.k12.wi.us.

Milestones Before/After School Care
Questions about Milestones before and after school care should be directed to Milestones School Age Director Cheryl Zagorski at czagorski@milestonesprograms.org.

Travel Reminders
With Spring Break just a week away, we know that many staff and families have travel plans. Last night, President Trump announced he is suspending all travel from Europe to the United States, beginning midnight this Friday for the next 30 days. Per CDC guidelines, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days if:

  • You have recently returned from a country with a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice

  • You have returned from a state or community with community spread COVID-19. At this time (3/11/20) states include: Washington State, New York, and California. CDC map of U.S. states with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

  • You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing are present, you should contact your local health department and healthcare provider for possible testing. People should call ahead before arriving at a healthcare facility for testing.


If your family travels to any of the countries within the Level 3 Travel Health Notice or a state with community spread of COVID-19, you must contact the District Nurse, Kelly Barlow, at 414-961-2888 or kbarlow@shorewood.k12.wi.us, or your child’s principal prior to returning to school. We will need to know where you visited, when you left that country/state, and when your self-quarantine began as we coordinate with the local health department.

  • We ask that you monitor the CDC reports closely for any additional areas that may be added to this Level 3 Travel Health Notice in the near future. 
  • Here is the CDC FAQ for Travelers.

More details and updates on this fluid situation will be forthcoming as we work through this uncharted territory. We appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

For more information and the latest updates on COVID-19, you can visit our COVID-19 District webpage.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bryan Davis
Shorewood Schools Superintendent