3.25.2020 Introducing Phase 1 - 1Fort@Home
3.18.2020 Online Resources for Families
3.17.2020 Remote Learning Update
3.15.2020 Update for Families
SDFA Schools Closed Starting 3/16/2020
3.13.2020 COVID-19 Update
3.12.2020 COVID-19 Update
SDFA Closure FAQ
Is the School District of Fort Atkinson closed?
What does a shutdown mean for my family and student?
Where can I access school meals for my student(s)?
How can I help?
How should I talk with my child about this situation?
When can I pick up belongings from my student’s school?
What is appropriate access to a school on Monday, March 16?
What is NOT appropriate access on Monday, March 16?
Is my student required to complete online learning during the closure?
Where can I access a device for my student over the closure?
Are any district events or community events in school buildings still occurring during the closure?
Are school grounds open including playgrounds, the track or other outside facilities?
Planning and Preparedness
SDFA is Prepared
In the School District of Fort Atkinson, 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. We will be working closely with the Jefferson County Health Department. We are also in the process of developing contingency plans for the continuity of learning in the event of significant absences of students or staff due to illness as well as for extended school closures.
Among other items, the plan outline includes the following:
- Coordination and communication around the actions of COVID-19 preparation
- Student, family and staff education on COVID-19 prevention strategies
- Working with Health Department officials to provide guidelines to families and staff on health criteria to determine when to go home, when to stay home, and when it is safe to return to school/work
- Confirming facility disinfection procedures district-wide, both now and in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or school closure
- Contingency planning for staff absences due to illness to ensure staffing levels are appropriate to provide instruction in a safe learning environment
- Developing alternative plans for continuity of instruction for students during periods of significant absence or extended school closures
- Identification of essential personnel required for district operations in the event of school closures
- Determining plans to ensure continuity of District services
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which started in China. New cases have been identified in other areas of the world, as well as in the United States. At this time, only one confirmed case has been identified in Wisconsin.
The following links help provide a summary of COVID-19, as well as providing information through frequently asked questions. Our administrative and health services teams will continue to monitor updates and provide information as necessary.
The support and assistance of our school community when working to contain infectious diseases is vital. Teaching the foundations of healthy habits in the home, self-reporting illness, and keeping sick individuals home are essential elements in the success of containing infectious diseases within a community. For more information, questions, or concerns on COVID-19, please feel free to access the shared websites or contact your local health department.
How will SDFA communicate?
If there are SDFA school closings due to COVID-19, the District will share information and updates in as many ways as possible to ensure families and the community have access to the information. In addition to the text, voicemail, and email updates that our families will receive, we also share information in these locations:
- Facebook: @sdfort
- Twitter: @fortschools
- SDFA App: Android / iPhone
- With local media organizations
Please check your email on a regular basis, and follow the School District of Fort Atkinson on social media to ensure you receive urgent or emergency updates.
Is my child too ill to attend school?
It can be challenging to know when a child is too ill to attend school. The SDFA Return to School Guidelines, located on our District webpage, can be a reference for you, as well as your primary care provider. Students with a fever should not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (i.e., acetaminophen or ibuprofen). Students with vomiting or diarrhea should stay home until 24 hours symptom-free. It is important to follow these guidelines and the advice of your healthcare provider to help minimize the unnecessary spread of illness at school and ensure your child can appropriately rest and recover.
How to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak
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 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.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information <https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html>