• Coronavirus Updates

    Check here for the latest information, resources, and guidance related to the Coronavirus.

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    March 18, 2020

    Dear Oredocker Community,

    Each day brings new questions about the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). As we learn more from the Department of Public Instruction, the Governor’s office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we will continue to keep you informed. Each day this week, district leaders have and will continue to meet to stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving situation, develop plans, and answer many of the questions you have at this time. 

    Speaking to Your Student About COVID-19

    We know you may be feeling some anxiety about this public health emergency. We have provided some resources below about how to speak to your children about the situation:

    Other Resources

    Distance Learning Plans

    Our dedicated teachers and district leaders have been collaborating to create learning plans for your child. At the forefront of our planning is how we can ensure access and equity to all students, knowing that not all have access to technology or the internet. Our goal is to provide recommended schedules, routines and activities to families by Friday, March 20th. Our teams will continue meeting virtually next week to develop additional details and materials.

    Technology Resources

    To accommodate communication with teachers and students, we are exploring the technology needs of our families.  We need to understand how feasible it is for our families to reasonably access the internet and devices as we shape a plan that serves all. 

    If you do not have a computer or device at home, please fill out THIS FORM or call the district office at (715) 682-7080 and our staff will complete the survey on your behalf. 

    If you do not have internet access at home, Charter Spectrum has made internet available at no cost to all families with K-12 learners at home. You may set up an installation by calling 1-844-488-8395. If you will be unable to access community resources for internet access, please contact your building principal and we will develop alternate methods to support your child’s learning at home. 

    Meals

    The School District of Ashland is pleased to inform our families that we have been working with the DPI to provide nutritional meals to children (18 and under) during the school closure. This service will begin Monday, March 23. To participate, parents/guardians are asked to complete the online Government School Closure - Child Meal Order Form

    Each week, parents / guardians may pick-up five (5) breakfasts and five (5) lunches per child per week at one of the following locations:

    Mondays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    • Ashland High School - Parking lot near door S7

    Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    • Marengo Valley Elementary School - Main entrance circular driveway
    • Birch Hill Community House (77948 Plantation Lane) - Parking lot

    Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    • Ashland High School - Parking lot near door S7

    At each pick-up location, parents/guardians are asked to remain in their vehicle and wait for a meal distributor to approach, drive-thru style. Per DPI, a meal distributor will ask and document how many children (18 and under) are in your household and what school(s) they attend. Meals will be issued accordingly.

    Parents/guardians may complete the Government School Closure - Child Meal Order Form on a weekly basis or in advance. We appreciate your participation in completing the form in advance to ensure that enough meals are prepared for each location on each date.

    Personal Belongings & Prescriptions

    We recognize the impact our school closures have on our school community. Our buildings will be closed to the public during this period. If there are items, medications, or materials you need to pick - up, please contact your building principal on March 23rd or 24th to set-up an appointment.

    Building Access

    Our buildings are currently closed and no longer open to the public. 

    Points of Contact

    If you have questions or need support, please use the following points of contact. We strongly urge you to use email at this time. If you call the phone numbers below, please be sure to leave a voicemail, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.  

    Lake Superior Elementary School

    Lake Superior Learning Community

    Contact with technology needs, staff communication, access to school materials/resources, logistics of the calendar events.

    Principal Mark Getz

    mgetz@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7083 ex. 3001

     

    Principal Chris Graff

    cgraff@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7083 ex. 4501

    Marengo Valley Elementary

    Contact with technology needs, staff communication, access to school materials/resources, logistics of the calendar events.

    Principal Angie Parduhn

    aparduhn@sdak12.net

    (715) 278-3286 ex. 5004

    Ashland Middle School

    Contact with technology needs, staff communication, access to school materials/resources, logistics of the calendar events.

    Principal Jake Levings

    jlevings@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7087 ex. 2001

    Ashland High School

    Lake Superior High School

    Oredocker Project School

    Contact with technology needs, staff communication, access to school materials/resources, logistics of the calendar events.

    Principal Brian Trettin

    btrettin@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7089 ex. 1001

    Food Service

    Contact with questions about the Food Service schedule and locations.

    Director Amanda Tutor

    atutor@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7080 ex. 1022

    Special Education Services

    Contact with questions about your child’s special education needs and services, accommodations, and supports.

    Director Dani Mikula

    dmikula@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7080 ex. 6003

    Curriculum & Instruction Office

    Contact with questions about content of learning, state and local assessments, and instructional guidance.

    Director Amanda Popovich

    apopovich@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7080 ex. 6004

    District Administrative Office

    Contact with questions not related to any other topic and not covered in other communication.

    Michelle Vuorenmaa

    mvuorenmaa@sdak12.net

    (715) 682-7080 ex. 6009

    In these times of uncertainty, we will continue to adapt based on new information as it unfolds. Please expect more updates and details as we finalize plans in the days to come. In the meantime, we encourage all families to frequently wash hands and avoid group gatherings.  The health and safety of our team and our families will remain our number one priority as we unify to serve our children. May you all remain safe, healthy, and Oredocker Strong.

    Sincerely,

    Erik T. Olson

    Superintendent

     


    March 17, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Today, Governor Evers indicated schools will be closed for the duration of the public health emergency (Reference Gov. Evers_DHS order_3.17.20.pdf). This closure has an effect on all aspects of school programming, including before-and-after school activities, all athletic / extracurricular practices and competitions, etc. 

    The School District of Ashland is pleased to inform our families that we have been working with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to provide nutritional meals to children (18 years of age and younger) during the school closure.  Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, the District will provide meals to all children (18 years of age and younger).  To participate, parents /guardians are asked to complete the online Government School Closure - Child Meal Order Form

    Each week, parents / guardians may pick-up five (5) breakfasts and five (5) lunches per child per week at one of the following locations:

    • Monday's from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Ashland High School - Parking lot near door S7
    • Tuesday's from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Marengo Valley Elementary School - Main entrance circular driveway
      • Birch Hill Community House (77948 Plantation Lane) - Parking lot
    • Tuesday's from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
      • Ashland High School - Parking lot near door S7

    At each pick-up location, parents / guardians are asked to remain in your vehicle and wait for a meal distributor to approach your vehicle (drive-through style).  Per DPI, a meal distributor will ask and document how many children are in your household (18 years of age and under) and what school they attend.  Meals will be issued accordingly.

    Parents / Guardians may complete the Government School Closure - Child Meal Order Form on a weekly basis or in advance.  We appreciate your participation in completing the Child Meal Order Form in advance to ensure that enough meals are prepared for each location on each date.

    We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate through the Government school closure.  We hope that this offering will help keep your children healthy and happy.  I will provide you with an update tomorrow on District planning efforts related to instruction, special education services, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

    Sincerely,

    Erik T. Olson

    Superintendent

     


    March 13, 2020

    Dear Parents and Community Members:

    This afternoon, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, under the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, ordered the closure of all public and private schools after the school day on Wednesday, March 18. DHS anticipates a reopening date of Monday, April 6.

    The closure will affect all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events in the School District of Ashland. 

    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide e-learning to our students while school is not in session. Students will be on spring break March 14-22, but will not return to class on Monday, March 23. 

    The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:

    • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
    • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

    The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. 

    Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

    Parents of students exhibiting flu-like symptoms or staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to contact the Ashland County Health and Human Services at 715-682-7004 or Bayfield County Health Department at 715-373-6109.

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the district office at 715-682-7080.

    Sincerely,

    Erik T. Olson

    Superintendent

     


    March 13, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Like you, we continue to monitor the news regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Wisconsin and across the United States. 

    In recent days, we learned that many colleges in the state will move to online-only learning, while the NBA season has been suspended and the NCAA Tournament will not be played. Some states have closed all schools.  I understand that these developments can cause justifiable anxiety for our students, staff, and families. 

    I wanted to let you know that, as of today, there is no recommendation to close schools in the School District of Ashland. However we continue to take guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Department of Public Instruction and the CDC. If that changes, we will update you right away. 

    The most important thing our District can do now is to plan and prepare. As the global outbreak evolves, we are preparing for the possibility of a community wide outbreak. Key efforts include:

    • Reinforce healthy hygiene habits.
    • Monitoring and plan for absenteeism.
    • Intensify cleaning and disinfecting efforts. 
    • Postponing large group gatherings and events. 
    • Requiring sick students and staff to stay home.
    • Cancelling all practices during spring break. Student athletes are directed to not organize their own practices.

    It appears that school closures are becoming more inevitable.  I encourage you and your family to think ahead for what steps you would need to take in the event we close schools for an extended amount of time. 

    Again, please be mindful of key preventive measures to help prevent the spread of disease. The CDC offers some tips on its website, including:

    • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
    • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
    • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.

    We are reinforcing these messages with our students, and we ask that you do the same at home. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at (715) 682-7080 x6001.

    Sincerely,

    Erik T. Olson

    Superintendent

     


    March 3, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    In the School District of Ashland the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

    First, it is important to remember that at this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no recommendation to close schools in the United States.

    We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses. 

    We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:

    • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
    • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
    • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.

    In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Please refer to the health guidelines outlined on our district website. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention. 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Student Services Danielle Mikula at 715.682.7080 or dmikula@sdak12.net. 

    Sincerely,

    Erik T. Olson

    Superintendent