Schools closed March 16-20

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All Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16.

There will be no classes the week of March 16-20 and spring break will follow March 23-27. The District has not yet determined whether courses will be online the week of March 30-April 3, Director of Communications Perry Hibner said.

The closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events.

Members of the District’s Pandemic Planning Team will be meeting over those two weeks to determine if training and planning for online instruction should take place starting March 30, Hibner said, adding the District will share more information once the plans are finalized. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, under the direction of Governor Evers, announced Friday the closure of all public and private Wisconsin schools for purposes of pupil instruction and extracurricular activities, beginning Wednesday, March 18  with an anticipated reopening on April 6. The date of reopening is subject to change pending further information. Schools had the option of closing earlier.

The District’s Pandemic Planning Team will continue to discuss getting meals to students, and making sure students have devices and internet access should MCPASD decide to go to an online model in April, Hibner said. More information will be sent soon regarding additional resources for families, he added.

"We certainly realize this has been an unprecedented and challenging time for our students, families and staff,'' Hibner said. "We know there will be more questions and uncertainty. We will keep everyone informed as we work to put the best plan in place for everyone.''

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, 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.

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. It is believed the seasonal influenza vaccine does not provide protection against coronavirus.

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 their health provider. Learn more on the Public Health Madison Dane County website, Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Dane County health officials are asking that families not call 9-1-1.