LA CROSSE, Wis., (April 3, 2020) – Our traditional school calendar is showing spring break is soon upon us. Who would have thought eighteen months ago when this calendar was adopted that school would not be in session due to a pandemic? This time could not be fruitful for our students if it were not for the continued efforts of our district staff and our parents/guardians in partnership. Thank you for supporting your child in this remote learning adventure at home.
During spring break, I have asked our instructional staff to disconnect from remote learning, and I hope that our parents and guardians can do so as well. During this time, from April 9-13, teachers will not be presenting new curriculum or requirements, and they may not be available to respond to questions or check in online with students or families.
This past week, we received from our state superintendent of schools, Carolyn Stanford Taylor, a memo which strongly hinted that the current school closure may likely be extended through the end of the school year. While this is not an official announcement, administration is beginning to re-focus our planning to consider this possibility. Until we hear otherwise, school is closed through April 24.
In other items that may be of interest:
- The Governor’s most recent emergency order #12 also included the closing of playgrounds. Please note, if you have not already, that the district has shut down our playgrounds until further notice.
- With the support of community volunteers and our student nutrition staff, we continue to provide meals for our students. For a list of the routes and meal stops, click here.
- We are working diligently to cover as many educational needs as possible. We want to do everything we can to ensure that our students can be actively engaged in the learning process, even if it is remote. If you need further support, please tell us about it here.
- Unless something were to change at the state level, I anticipate my next communication to you will be on Friday, April 17.
On behalf of our board of education and our employees, thank you for your continued support through these historical times. Our community is resilient. More than ever, our children need for us to be both truthful and realistic about our current circumstances. If you are looking for a good resource for visiting with your child about the pandemic, you might find this helpful. In the meantime, thank you for the many, many notes of positive feedback to our principals and staff!
With our children at the forefront,
Superintendent of Schools
Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
Covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Staying home from work when sick.
If children are sick, keeping them home from school or daycare.
Avoiding those who may be sick whenever possible.
Contact a health care provider with any questions.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
National Coronavirus updates and travel guidance: http://bit.ly/33bTTic
State of Wisconsin Coronavirus updates: http://bit.ly/2IGkjPZ
La Crosse County Health Department updates: http://bit.ly/33cWKHP
World Health Organization (Helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak): http://bit.ly/2xteh2A
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the School District of La Crosse will continue to connect and offer learning opportunities using a variety of platforms during the closure. Teachers will be connecting with students and parents throughout the closure by means of telephone calls, paper packets, emails and/or other online outlets. Our goal is to continue to stay connected with our students and families and be present and supportive during this time.
The School District of La Crosse will be providing bagged breakfasts and lunches to students during the closure. These meals will be delivered by GO Riteway busses and will be stationed at each location for the timeframe listed below. Children 18 and younger will have access to pick up meals at the following delivery site locations within our district, Monday-Friday beginning Thursday, March 19th.
Rivercrest trailer court 11:00am-11:30am
Mormon Coulee trailer court 11:45am-12:15pm
Pineview trailer court entrance 11:00am-11:30am
Brookview mobile home park entrance 11:45am-12:00pm
Golden valley trailer court entrance 12:00pm-12:15pm
Hintgen Elementary School 12:30pm-1:00pm
Bluffview Commons trailer court entrance 11:00am-11:30am
Pammel Creek estates entrance 11:45am-12:15pm
Former Kmart parking lot on State Road 12:30pm-1:00pm
Shelby Ball Field parking lot 11:00am-11:30am
Central High School east entrance 11:45am-12:15pm
State Road Elementary School 12:30pm-1:00pm
Gladys and Huber BGC 11:00am-11:30am
Goodwill at back of lot 11:45am-12:15pm
Green Island Ice Arena 11:00am-11:30am
Hamilton Elementary School 11:45am-12:15pm
La Crosse Public Library Main Branch 12:30pm-1:00pm
Longfellow Middle School in front 11:00am-11:30am
Hogan Administrative Center 11:45am-12:15pm
Lincoln Middle School 12:30pm-1:00pm
Kwik Trip on French Island 11:00am-11:30am
Summit Environmental School 11:45am-12:15pm
French Island Public Library 12:30pm-1:00pm
North Woods International School11:00am-11:30am
Emerson Elementary School 11:45am-12:00pm
Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori in the bus lane 11:00am-11:30am
SSE Music 11:45am-12:15pm
Schuh Homes 12:30pm-1:00pm
In addition to the bus route delivery locations, children are able to pick up meals from 11:00am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday outside the following school buildings: Spence Elementary and Logan High School.
Families who are unable to make it to a meal delivery location can call 608-789-5880 from 8:00am-1:00pm, Monday-Friday. We will have a limited number of drivers who may be able to make an additional delivery stop.
The Department of Public Instruction will be waiving the hour requirement during the state mandated closure. This means we are not required to make up the missed school days from March 18 until the end of the state-mandated closure.
The School District of La Crosse will resume in-person classes as directed by County, State or Federal officials. The Wisconsin Governor’s order currently runs through the date of April 24th or until a further order is put into place. We do not have a confirmed date of return at this time.
During the closure, no school-sponsored activities, events or athletics (including practices) will take place.
Our school buildings, including Hogan Administrative Building, will be closed to the public for the duration of the mandated closure with the following exceptions: Food pantries
The Hogan and Spence buildings will be open for public voting though access will be limited to less than 10 people at a time. However, it is being recommended for Wisconsin residents to vote using an absentee ballot sent directly to their home address.
Playground equipment and structures are closed by order of Wisconsin Governor. Use of outdoor space at our schools will remain open for public use provided it does not conflict with the Governor’s ban on gatherings (9 people or less).
During the closure, our custodial staff will be working to complete a thorough deep cleaning and disinfection in every district building.