COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

March 19th, 2020
Last Updated 10:11 am
 
Will the playground be open to the public?
  • No - At this time the school district is following the direction of the CDC to limit travel and gatherings.  The playground will not be open to the public at this time. 

March 13th, 2020

Updated 08:50 pm

 

Will the Frederic School District be closing?

  • Yes - Following a statewide order issued from Governor Tony Evers on March 13th, 2020.  All on-site non-academic activities have been suspended effective immediately.  School will be in session on March 16th, 17th, and 18th. Root and Branches Childcare will close at 5 pm in compliance with the order from Governor Evers. School sessions will be suspended beginning March 19th with an anticipated reopening on April 6th.  The date of reopening is subject to change. 

 

March 13th, 2020

Update 04:20 pm

 

Did Frederic School District have students participating in the DI event in Osceola?

  • No - Frederic School District did not have any students or staff participating in the DI event held in Osceola. Community members who attended the event are generally considered to be at low-risk for being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Attendees are being notified out of an abundance of caution. The recommendations for low-risk individuals are to self-monitor for fever and respiratory illness symptoms, and to self-isolate and contact their local health department or provider if symptoms appear.  There is no recommendation for asymptomatic people who had a low-risk exposure to quarantine themselves. Anyone considered to be more than low-risk would be contacted individually by their health department for further assessment.  Please contact your provider or your local public health department if you have questions or concerns. 
 

What is the Frederic School District Doing to limit the spread of COVID-19?

  • Planning and Prevention - Right now, our efforts have focused on planning, prevention, and communication. This week, we have reviewed and updated our pandemic plan specific to COVID-19, allowing us to quickly implement additional responses and actions as needed.
  • Increased Cleaning Efforts- We have put additional plans in place to increase the disinfection of schools and buses. Students are being given more opportunities to wash their hands during the school day. Custodians are wiping down high-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handrails and drinking fountains on a regular basis. We have recently added more disinfection of school buses and cafeteria checkout lines.
  • Planning for eLearning - In the event of school closures, the goals of an emergency eLearning model would be to:
        • Continue to provide education during a prolonged closure; and
        • Provide some normalcy for students through engagement in learning activities and connections to teachers.
  • Limiting all non-essential activities - Each planned activity is being evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the level of risk to participants and impact to the community. An updated list of event cancellations can be found at Event Cancellations.
 
Will my child be penalized for staying home sick from school?
  • Absolutely not - We want our students to be in school. However, when they are sick, they should be at home.  Please be sure to contact your child’s school directly to report their illness and symptoms. If you have concerns regarding truancy, please contact your student's school.
 

What can I do as a parent to limit the spread of COVID-19?

  • Spring Break Travel - As we approach spring break, we know many of you will be traveling and we encourage you to use healthy precautions and follow CDC travel guidelines which are being updated frequently.
  • Report Symptoms and Reason for Absence - As a reminder, please do not send your child to school or come to work if you are sick. If you are sick, please call as soon as possible to report the absence. It is important to report specific symptoms to your school. For example, if your child has a fever, cough or shortness of breath please report those symptoms and share any diagnosis you have received from a doctor.
  • Click here to read “Talking to Children About COVID-19 (coronavirus) A Parent Guide” from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses.
  • The CDC provides the following:

    While the immediate risk of this new virus is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat:

    • It is currently influenza and respiratory disease season. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – throw the tissue away immediately after you use it. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your inside elbow area.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based (60-95%) hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
    • If you get flu-like symptoms, stay home from school, work, and social gatherings to prevent others from getting ill.
      • If you have a fever of 100 degrees or above, you should stay home.
      • Your fever should be gone for a full 24 hours, without using a fever-reducing medication, before returning to work.