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The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District holds the well-being, health and safety of students and staff as our highest priority. With the recent national media attention on coronavirus (COVID-19), we felt it important to provide you with regular updates.
The risk remains low in Wisconsin. However, as the number of people with COVID-19 rises in the United States, federal and state health departments are encouraging school districts and communities to develop a plan for the spread of the disease. This plan is called a pandemic plan. We are in close communication with Public Health Madison and Dane County, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Department of Public Instruction.
We have shared information with our families multiple times over the past few weeks. We have also shared information with our staff. We will be sending out additional communciations as necessary. All family communications are available on this page.
MEALS FOR STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE
Starting Tuesday, March 17, we will distribute meals to students at nine spots around the District.
Meals are free to every MCPASD student ages 18 and under. Registration is not required. There are no forms to fill out and no names are written down.
A list of the locations is below. A student can go to any distribution site to get meals. Breakfast and lunches will be provided in a grab-and-go bag from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays through Friday, April 24, including the week of spring break.
Please look for an MCPASD yellow bus at each site. Children cannot take extra meals for siblings or friends. If your child is allergic to peanut butter or other foods, please have them tell the individuals distributing the meals.
We also strongly encourage practicing social distancing when picking up meals and thorough hand-washing with soap and water before eating take-home meals.
Meal Program Sites:
- Lakeview Park, Middleton
- Arbor Lakes Apartments, Middleton
- Overlook Pointe Apartments, Middleton
- Sauk Trail Elementary School, 2205 Branch St., Middleton
- Kalesey Court, Town of Springfield
- Kromrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Dr., Middleton
- Morraine View Drive Bus Stop, Madison
- Gammon Lane Bus Stop, Madison
- Park Elementary School, 1209 Park St., Cross Plains
March 30-April 3 Communications
March 23-27 Communications
Financial FAQs (March 26)
Preguntas Financieras Frecuentes (26 de Marzo)
March 16-20 Communications
Attachments with March 20 Letter (Food Resources, Acceptable Use Policy, Chromebook Information for Families)
Food Resources & Community Supports (March 17)
Mental Health Resources (March 17)
Spring Break Travel Letter (March 16)
Carta de Descanso de Primavera (16 de Marzo)
March 12 & Prior Communications
FAQs for Families (March 12)
Preguntas Frecuentes para Familias (12 de Marzo)
Chromebook, Internet Access survey if Schools are closed (complete by March 16)
For the latest coronavirus information and updates:
MCPASD administrators from various departments have been working together to update and review our current pandemic plan so that it is in better alignment with COVID-19. The current MCPASD pandemic plan addresses what is done before, during, and after a potential outbreak, and will provide guidance if an outbreak of COVID-19 occurs in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools and community.
Public health officials continue to recommend that the best approach to addressing COVID-19 is to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of respiratory disease, which includes influenza and COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the annual influenza vaccination for everyone six months and older. Other actions include:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Help your students to wash their hands well.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. District guidelines require students and staff to stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without any medication.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Our facilities will continue to be disinfected on a regular basis following CDC guidelines. Classroom teachers have been encouraged to promote regular classroom handwashing and commonly shared items disinfected.
Spring break and international traveling
We acknowledge that spring break is coming up and causing some concerns. Right now we are closely monitoring the World Health Organization and CDC travel recommendations. The CDC’s travel recommendations are updated daily, meaning we are unable to predict any travel restrictions for future dates.
Right now, the Department of Health Services states, “Out of an abundance of caution, DHS is recommending that travelers returning from countries with a CDC level 2 or level 3 travel health notice follow instructions for people with medium risk of exposure to COVID-19. This includes limited self-quarantine for people traveling from countries with a level 3 notice. All returning travelers should monitor themselves for symptoms of the illness, such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. People should keep in mind that this may be re-evaluated as new guidance becomes available.”
Talking to your child
Some schools are reporting an increase in the number of students with anxiety because of the information they are seeing and hearing about COVID-19 in the media. Here are some suggestions for talking with your children:
- Stick to the facts. It can be scary to hear about a disease outbreak, but learning the facts can help ease your mind.
- Help the child remain calm, and assure them their risk is low.
- Remind them it is best to be prepared in difficult situations.
- It is important to avoid assumptions or stereotypes about who you think might be sick. Viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds. A person’s race does not make them more or less likely to be sick or to get sick.
Please help us educate our students by working with them on proper germ prevention techniques. We have added additional information on our website recently, including a Coronavirus Fact Sheet and Everyday Preventive Measures. You can find them under For Parents-Health Services Resources.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus website.