2020-21 Theme: Confidence
COVID-19 DATA METRICS (Updated at least every Wednesday)
|As of: 12/03/20||Students||Staff|
|Isolation (Positive COVID-19 Case)||*||*|
|Quarantine (Close Contact of Positive COVID-19 Case)||8||*|
* Indicates less than 5 cases & are not reported to protect privacy of individuals.
This dashboard provides North Lake families with specific data about confirmed COVID-19 cases and quarantine impact for staff and students.
In addition, the Waukesha County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 website is here for data regarding area school-aged, community, and regional disease spread among all age groups.
Finally, this data will be used to inform decision-making around staying open for face to face learning. At this time, there is no clear-cut number, percentage, or threshold of COVID-19 cases or absences that will trigger a pivot to virtual learning. The North Lake School District will continue to work closely with the Waukesha Public Health Department to make any major decisions and keep the communication open with our families.
Latest Update: 11-16-20
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year, a year like none other. We are working tirelessly to provide a plan with safety measures in place to return to school. North Lake School strives to provide a high-quality education despite uncertain times. We understand that there are many questions and hope this information will support your family. Please look for updates to the Re-entry Plan under the Communications tab.
North Lake School is a proud partner with Waukesha County and is participating in the STAY SAFE TO STAY OPEN campaign led by Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Executive. We continue to collaborate with the task forces of the county, state, health departments, and surrounding school districts. It is our goal to provide confidence in returning to school for the North Lake staff and students.
The North Lake School District follows the recommendations from the Waukesha County Health Department and the County Executive’s Office. We are planning to adopt the new quarantine guidelines recently published by the CDC once the county approves these new measures. Quarantine periods may be reduced but we will wait for final confirmation. Please stay tuned for these changes. It is only getting more complicated. On the Re-Entry Page of our website you will find a contact tracing document explaining the reporting and notification process for the school district. A final note about dashboards – the North Lake School dashboard is the most accurate source for current information. The state is going to put out dashboards for school districts, however, please understand that these dashboards will include all children ages 0-18 residing in the district whether or not they attend the public school. Do not be confused by the state’s numbers.
Dear North Lake Families,
As you know, there is a spike in positive COVID cases in our community and North Lake School is starting to feel the effects. During the past week, we have experienced a higher staff and student absence rate. We will continue to follow our protocols including masks and distancing to Stay Safe to Stay Open. I will utilize the dashboard as a communication tool on the Re-Entry tab of the school website.
I would like to clarify the steps that the district will take when a positive case is identified here at school.
* You will be contacted by the school if your child is identified as a close contact of a positive case within the school building.
* In some cases, the school may provide a courtesy call indicating possible exposure so families can make their own decision as to quarantining. We appreciate that each family has its own unique circumstances and we respect that.
* The school district is acting on behalf of the health department when identifying close contacts and requiring students to quarantine.
* If there is a positive case in your child’s homeroom, the school will work with the family to identify close contacts and notify those affected.
* Finally, Ms. Meister, instructional resource director, will work with teachers and families to provide at-home learning programs for those students who are unable to attend school due to extended illness or quarantine.
The North Lake School Board supports the goal of face to face instruction for its students. Many parents have asked if we will close before or after Thanksgiving. The plan is to continue face to face instruction for all scheduled school days going forward. There are so many unknowns at this time and we want to teach the children in the classrooms every day that we can.
Thank you for your cooperation during these difficult times. A final reminder to please communicate absences directly to the office and COVID/other health-related matters to Mrs. Longley in the health room. Class DoJo and teacher emails should not be used for this type of communication.
We are a small school and we want to provide the most personalized communication within the boundaries of staff/student privacy laws. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or text me at 262-422-9220. I will be as open and honest as possible.
Mrs. Liesl Ackley
P.S. Don’t forget to wash your child’s mask.
Waukesha County Contact Tracing Changes
Health Room Reminders
We continue to need cooperation from all parents when illness occurs. You will receive a phone call from Mrs. Longley in the health room when your child is ill. It is your responsibility to accurately report symptoms and exposures, and it is our job to document symptoms and trace possible exposures. The school requires a doctor’s note and/or a negative COVID-19 test to return to school when a child has experienced two or more symptoms. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide this information prior to sending their child back to school.
STAY SAFE TO STAY OPEN
We are continuing to follow all our mitigation efforts. You may revisit the re-entry plan and any updates at any time on the school website. Parents, you are our partners in keeping school open, and keeping your child home when ill is essential (especially if a fever exists). Overall, the absence rate is down but the cold/flu season is just starting. Thank you for reporting your absence to Mrs. Fieldler in the office first thing in the morning. Please do not be surprised to receive a follow-up call from Mrs. Longley in the health room as well. Open communication is key. We must work as a team to keep our students and staff safe. Finally, North Lake School will continue to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Waukesha County Executive’s Office and Health Department. You may visit the Safe School tab at waukeshacounty.gov for further information regarding school guidelines and Covid-19 Dashboard.
MASKS & DISTANCING
Staff and students will continue to wear masks and it is more important than ever to adhere to this mitigation measure. Please remind your child about the importance of masks and listening to staff reinforcement of this rule. We continue to keep the cohorts six feet apart but it is getting challenging at certain times. Masks & distancing help tremendously when contact tracing comes into play and both masks & distancing protect your child from exposure in school. As a staff, we do not want to resort to disciplinary action such as moving clips, pulling cards, or behavior referrals when students do not make good choices. However, we want to keep the schoolhouse open and these procedures support that goal.
It has been a smooth start to the school year and I want to thank everyone for their efforts! Despite all the changes in our schedules, routines, and behaviors, the North Lake School staff and students are settling back into school as we know it. It is our privilege to teach your children and we are appreciative of each and every day that we have together.
As part of the Stay Safe to Stay Open plan, we will continue to restrict visitors in the building. Thank you, parents, for understanding and supporting this mitigation measure. If you see parents entering the building in the morning, we do allow the LCK “Before Care” 4K parents to walk their young ones to class and they are required to wear a badge identifying themselves.
8-27-20: Dear North Lake Families,
North Lake School is on track to open for face-to-face learning five days a week beginning September 1st. The school staff has worked countless hours to implement the safety and health protocols supporting this plan. Additional details have been added to the Re-Entry tab on the school website. However, I want to draw your attention to the following key pieces of information:
Thank you for your cooperation as we transition back into the schoolhouse. As always, please contact your child’s teacher or me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Mrs. Liesl R. Ackley
8-13-20: Dear North Lake Families,
Thank you for your participation in the parent survey. The results indicate 90% with a preference of 5 days a week face-to-face learning. I understand that there may be unique needs and I encourage you to contact me directly to discuss. At this time, North Lake School plans to be open for the first day of school on September 1st. The North Lake School staff is preparing for your child’s arrival as you read this email. We feel confident with face-to-face learning due to our spacious facility and small class sizes.
North Lake School has the best teachers, the best students, and the best parents! Thank you for your support during these challenging times.
Registration Day Reminders:
Tuesday, August 18th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Wednesday, August 19th, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Please visit the Re-Entry Plan on the school website for updates including: “Who Needs to Quarantine?” This flowchart is a shared document with Arrowhead Union High School and North Lake School. Finally, the procedures for AM drop off and PM dismissal will be available soon.
Mrs. Liesl R. Ackley
8-5-20: The latest Re-entry Plan was discussed by the North Lake School Board on 8-5-20 and updates will be added after that time. An email communication will go out to families on 8-6-20. The status of opening with in-person learning will be dependent on the latest local health data leading up to September 1st. Parents are asked to complete a SURVEY in order for the district to best plan for the upcoming school year.
Below are resources for you and your family to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19
We would like to highlight the At-Home Symptom Checklist and ask that parents use this tool daily before sending their child to school. Your family will be provided with a color copy at registration for display on your refrigerator.
THE WAVE WAY has been expanded to support student behavior during the 2020-21 school year. Please see the awesome Bitmoji Beach and review the matrix with your child at home. These resources can be found on the new Student Services page on our website under About Us. Student Services
Centers for Disease Control
CDC COVID-19 FAQ
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Waukesha County Health Department
Waukesha County SAFE SCHOOLS
COVID-19 At-Home Symptom Checklist
SAFE SCHOOLS FAQ
SAFE SCHOOLS Common Mitigation Measures
Please read the Waukesha County Masks in Schools information. North Lake 4K-8th grade students and school staff will be required to wear masks at this time. The rules regarding masks may change on or before September 28th when the Governor’s Order expires. We will teach mask etiquette and provide proper breaks for students wearing masks. We understand that there may be an extremely rare exception to the mask requirement due to a medical reason.
Use of Face Coverings in Schools
The North Lake School Board has approved student face covering guidelines: NLS STUDENT FACE COVERING GUIDELINES
Students and staff have access to school supplied cloth masks and face shields. The custodial team has built over 100 plexiglass barriers to create safe spaces at shared tables, in computer labs, and for small group work. If you see Karl or his crew, please thank them for their tireless efforts this August!
North Lake School has small class sizes which allow us to physically distance work spaces for children in classrooms. Desks/tables will be positioned 3-6 feet apart to provide protection for staff and students. We have added plexiglass dividers in spaces where physical distancing is not possible such as the STEM lab, speech classroom, and library workspaces. Masks and/or face shields are available through the district for all employees and students if requested. The custodial team has installed a “yellow brick road” (yellow tape to create two lanes of traffic in hallways) to help limit exposure during transition times. We will also utilize social distancing decals in hallways and lunchroom lines. We marked yellow X’s for students to stand on when waiting for a specials class like art. Mrs. Clauer has 12×19 feet squares to use for PE exercises when she cannot be outdoors. Locker assignments will be spaced out every other locker to ensure distance. Seating charts will be utilized throughout the entire building to minimize potential exposure. Learning the new WAVE WAY will take some effort but we are confident in staying safe to stay open!
We will open windows when possible to increase air flow. We have built an outdoor classroom in the courtyard with seating & shade! Elective classes including PE, Choir, General Music, and Spanish plan to be outside as much as they can.
GOOD NEWS HERE! There will be a longer window for parent drop off in the mornings. Due to the increase in parent drivers, we were advised by the Sheriff’s Office to open the school doors earlier to prevent potential traffic congestion. Door A will open at 7:00 a.m. and there will be supervision in the multi-purpose room until the 7:20 a.m. bell. Students may stand or sit on the floor in the MPR. We are not using tables because they must remain clean for lunch service. If behavior issues arise, your child will not be allowed to attend this early morning privilege.
The community learning lab will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. as well as 2:45-4:00 p.m. for students in grades 4th and up. This service will begin on Tuesday, September 8th.
At the end of the day, lower school students (grades K-4) will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m. and proceed directly to the bus or parent pick up line. Upper school students (grades 5-8) will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. and proceed directly to the bus, learning lab, or parent pick up line.
We will utilize Door D for K-2 bus riders & Door E for 7-8 bus riders to maintain social distancing. Buses are scheduled to depart the school grounds by 2:40 p.m. and students not picked up by 2:45 p.m. will be sent to our extended day program and billed accordingly.
All parent pick up will still occur at DOOR A for K-8th grade.
We intend to run a tight ship this year which requires you and your child’s cooperation.
North Lake School will work closely with the County Health Department to determine next steps when concerns arise. Our local public health department has a system to tell whether someone should stay at home. Local public health staff will call you if your student falls into that group. We will use the following guidelines to make decisions to best support our school community and help keep your family safe.
Infection Control and Mitigation Toolkit
Injury and Illness Protocol Legend
Covid Quarantine Flow Chart
Returning to School After Illness
North Lake School currently employs three full time custodians and one part time staff member. We will continue the high standards of cleanliness already in place for our immaculate building. In addition, we have added electrostatic sprayers with disinfectant for large surfaces/areas as well as portable high intensity UV-C sterilizers. We will be cleaning classroom surfaces and bathrooms midday and nightly. We will wipe down lockers and door handles nightly. We also recently upgraded our HVAC and have proper ventilation in the building. Finally, hand sanitizing stations have been replaced and upgraded throughout the entire building for easy access.
Visitors to the building are discouraged with the exception of essential visits such as picking up a child for an appointment or early dismissal. North Lake School has implemented the RAPTOR Visitor Management and will need to scan your driver’s license to enter you in the system at the beginning of the year. This system is part of our increased school safety and security plan. Field trips, large gatherings and events, and PBC sponsored events are on hold for the coming school year.
Bubblers will be closed for student use with the exception of the water bottle filling feature. Students may access water and fill individual bottles if needed.
North Lake School contracts with the Arrowhead Area Schools to provide transportation through Dousman Transport. We are a Tier 1 route which means our students ride first. Finally, some good news for our North Lakers! The target arrival time for buses to school in morning is between 7:20-7:25. Students will then proceed directly to their homerooms.
Transportation protocols include daily bussing of students to and from school, as well as any transportation that may occur in non-bus vehicles and/or outside school hours.
At this time, students will be provided with at-home learning options ONLY when special circumstances arise. We are a small school district with limited resources and would be challenged to offer a dual platform (virtual and face-to-face). A mid-August survey determined that a virtual option was not viable.
Your child will receive at-home learning resources if:
North Lake School is prepared to pivot from face-to-face and provide consistent, high-level online schooling IF we are faced with a school closure. The staff has worked this summer to improve upon our practice from last spring and bring robust, developmentally-appropriate programming to our students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
All School Virtual Schedule & Highlights (in the event that the school is closed due to the pandemic) are coming here soon.
Starting Dec 2020, students 3rd-8th grade will be assigned a device to use during the school day, and students K-2nd will have expanded access to devices.
North Lake School will continue to provide homemade hot lunches. Deli bar sandwiches will be pre-ordered in the morning and salad bar items will be served as sides. We have a total of 5 lunch hours to accommodate our student body in the cafeteria (MPR). We will assign four students per large lunch table and clean tables between lunch periods. Students will continue to have outdoor recess and play within grade level cohorts. Kindergarten has its own recess and lunch time. Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 have their own lunch and recess times. Snacks and milk will still occur in classrooms with proper sanitizing at work stations.
The district is pleased to announce its contract with CESA #1 for Nursing Services. We will have a school nurse provide oversight and protocols for our health room this school year. We are also employing a new health room attendant, Mrs. Longley, who is a trained medical assistant and brings a wealth of school health experience to this position.
We have established two COVID Isolation Rooms to utilize when a student exhibits COVID-19 like symptoms. We will follow this protocol. Updates to our health room protocol and procedures will be posted on the Student Services tab found on our school website.
We will continue to offer electives but they may look different. Singing in music will be suspended and students will express themselves in other musical ways to start. Band will be supplied with germicide mist sprayers to minimize germ spreading and practice in small groups. Again, we have small numbers and large spaces so we can spread out when in art, music, and PE. Additional mitigation efforts for special classes will be further explained by teachers. Finally, the school library will be open and students may check out books in their classes. We will follow current county library protocols and quarantine books after check out for three days.
We have added new content to the website where you will find social-emotional resources and much more. Please visit the Student Services tab on our school website.
We will follow the AMSAC guidelines and provide updates here as decisions are made by the conference.
North Lake School will offer after school care from 2:30-6:00 p.m. for interested families. Specific protocol for this program will be coming here soon.
We need to determine our attendance and plan the physically distant spaces with that data. We will also spend more time outdoors when weather permits.