March 12, 2020
Dear West Bend School District Families:
The West Bend School District continues to monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with the safety of our students, staff, and families in mind.
The school district continues to be in close contact with the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for guidelines and counsel.
Non-Essential School Activities
As an additional precaution, West Bend, along with Kewaskum, Slinger, and Hartford Union High School, are immediately canceling all non-essential school activities until further notice. We will not involve our students in activities or field trips based outside of our schools, nor take the chance of exposure from outside groups coming into our schools. Practices for high school and middle school athletic teams and co-curricular groups will continue. Please check with your child’s school if you have questions about certain events.
To decrease the chance of unnecessary exposure and school closure, we are discouraging unnecessary visits by parents, volunteers, and others to our schools until further notice.
We have set up a webpage that features the updates related to the West Bend School District and COVID-19. Each time the district has a new update to share, parents will receive the information in an email and it will be posted to this webpage. The website also includes information on precautionary measures and other resources on COVID-19.
The direct link to the page is click HERE
Our staff and school nurses are being extra vigilant in observing proper precautionary measures. Here are some school district policy and illness prevention reminders:
— Students with a fever cannot return to school until they have been fever-free without the aid of a fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours. This practice also applies to our entire staff.
— If your child is not feeling well, keep them home from school.
— Be aware, the virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Please frequently remind your children to practice preventive measures, including:
— Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
— Hand washing is the most effective way to keep hands virus free, but if soap and water is not available use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of both hands and run them together until they feel dry.
— Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
— Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of the elbow and wash hands after.
Additional District Precautionary Measures
— All district Chromebooks will soon feature a screen saver with information on the preventive measures listed above.
— CDC posters on effective hand-washing will be placed near sinks in all schools.
Classroom floors are cleaned using a hospital-grade disinfectant and other surfaces are sanitized daily. This cleaning regiment is increased if there are a large number of absences due to illness. In bathrooms, urinals, toilets, floors, and sinks and fixtures are cleaned and disinfected daily. Partitions, doors, and mirrors are cleaned and waste is emptied.
Kitchen and Cafeteria Safety
Our school kitchens meet the USDA’s stringent cleanliness requirements and are monitored by the health department. Here are some details on the measures they take each day:
— Hospital grade/food grade disinfectant/sanitizer used for all surfaces.
— Use of sanitation by heat or chemical for all dishes in dish machines. All dishes are run through the machines; nothing is hand washed.
— Proper hand washing and glove wearing techniques are used and monitored.
— Utensils and pans on all serving lines are replaced with clean ones between lunch periods.
— All utensils used by students are individually wrapped.
One enhanced precaution we are now taking is having all condiments in individual containers.
To prepare for all possible scenarios, the West Bend School District has obtained a number of CDC-recommended supplies, including:
— Hospital-grade disinfectant for inventory
— Equipment to aid in and enhance the process of disinfecting school facilities
— Personal Protective Equipment for custodial and maintenance employees
Additionally, we have provided small-group training for custodial/maintenance employees on CDC-recommended processes.
The West Bend School District is committed to providing you with the latest information and answering any questions you may have about this pandemic. Please contact a school office with questions.