School Updates - COVID-19

School Updates - COVID-19
This is the image for the news article titled School Updates - COVID-19School communications regarding coronavirus are sent out to families via Skyward and posted here. Any questions can be directed to District Administrator Brian Henning. 

March 27, 2020

Greetings,

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during this time.  We don’t want to inundate your email with a ton of messages, but there have been some questions regarding student work and the start of the 4th term. 

Please see below for important reminders:

•The end of term 3 is Friday, March 27.
•Spring break is still Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10
â—¦Similar to if we were in school there would be “no school” during this time.
•Term 4 will begin on Monday, April 13
•Teachers may be providing work to students during the week of Monday, March 30 - Friday,April 3.  This will be enrichment work and not graded, but it will give students the opportunity to continue learning.  

We will send out pertinent information from the PreK-8 office when necessary, but will leave most of the communication between the students, teachers, and families to avoid email overload. 

This learning from home for all students is new to all of us and we are constantly problem solving ways to improve our practice.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call the PreK-8 office, but it may be easier to email us at the address below.

Thank you and Go Pirates!

Shawn Bartelt (bartelts@waterloo.k12.wi.us) and Elizabeth Gould (goulde@waterloo.k12.wi.us) 

March 25, 2020

Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff,

As a result of Governor Tony Evers 'Stay at Home Order' the Waterloo School District will now be officially closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. This includes all activities and events scheduled during this time.

The District will be offering the Thursday meal bundles through the extended closure date, please contact the school to be added to this list.

 In addition, there are indications that the closure will ultimately last the duration of the school year, and we recommend parents make plans accordingly. However, please note the official closure date is only through April 24th at this point in time.

Thank you,

Brian C. Henning




March 23, 2020

Good afternoon,

This is Shawn Bartelt, PreK-8 Principal in the Waterloo School District. 


Today is Monday, March 23, 2020 and the Waterloo Elementary and Intermediate Schools will be having a curbside pickup of essential materials from 5-7pm tonight.

Due to the new “Safer at Home” order that Governor Tony Evers is putting into place on Tuesday (tomorrow), we want to be proactive and provide students with materials to complete their learning from home for an extended period of time.  

Students in grades 4K-4 will be provided with workbooks such as math, spelling, reading.  The elementary curbside pickup will be in the bus loop.  

Students in grades 5 and 6 will only need to pick up their Chromebook (if they didn’t pick it up last week).  The intermediate curbside pickup will be by the PreK-8 office student drop-off area.

Students in grades 7 and 8 do not need to pick up Chromebooks since they take them home every night (and should as a result already have them home).  

High school students will continue with lessons on their Chromebook and will not need to come for a curbside pickup.

When you come for pickup, please keep social distance from one another as mandated by Governor Evers (6 ft apart) and do not congregate.  

We appreciate your understanding with this short notice.

March 21, 2020

Good morning Parents / Guardians,

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.  Some students have received mail from their teachers that contains packets of homework and others have been using their Chromebook to complete work.  There has been some questions about how to return the hard copies (paper packets) to school. 

Please see below for options to return homework.
- Hard copies of homework can be returned to the vestibule of the PreK-8 office (district office entrance).  There is a box in the vestibule to place the completed work.  The work will then be scanned and emailed to the teacher.  
- If families are able to, hard copies of homework can be scanned at home and emailed directly to their teacher.
- Families can take a picture of the completed work and email it directly to their teacher.  
- Homework that was given electronically can be submitted via Google Classroom or emailed directly to their teacher.  
Important reminders
- If students are submitting hard copies of work to the vestibule in the PreK-8 office they must put their first name, last name, and the name of the teacher on the front page.  
- Students / families should only go in the vestibule and not the school.  If a student needs to enter the building the family needs to call the PreK- 8 office or the district office ahead of time.  
- The end of the term is Friday, March 27.  All work that students complete would need to be submitted by this date.  
- We highly encourage that students complete all of the work they receive from the teachers, but understand that it is not possible for some students to complete work.  If this is the case for your student, do not stress about completing the work that was provided.

If you have any questions please call the PreK-8 office or the district office.  

Stay healthy everyone.  We hope to see you all soon!
Go Pirates!

Shawn Bartelt
PK-8 Principal


March 18, 2020 2:30 pm

Dear Families,

Yesterday Governor Tony Evers released a public press statement to Wisconsin citizens stating that schools across the State of Wisconsin will be closed for the duration of the Public Health crisis.  I do not believe anyone can predict how long this crisis will last.  I also believe that it is advisable that families make preparations for the school closure to last past April 10th.   The District will continue to seek clarification from the Governor and try to obtain more information about how long the school closure will last.  As soon as we know more we will update everyone.  Thank you for your patience in this process


Thank you,


Brian C. Henning
District Administrator
Waterloo School District

 March 17, 2020 3:00 pm

Public Press Release from Governor Evers




March 16, 2020  2:00 PM

Read about how to reserve student meal bundles! 

Food for WSD Families


March 16 - 2:00 PM
Letter to Families - Home-based Instruction

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Today Waterloo School District teachers and staff spent time sending out home-based instructional materials to students across the District.  Some items were sent electronically and other items are being mailed through the US postal service.  We are asking students and parents to do their best at accomplishing these assignments that were sent home.  However, we fully understand that not everyone has internet service and are aware that other barriers will prohibit students from being able to accomplish work in the home setting.  We are simply asking that everyone try their best and for those that cannot complete the work, we will be giving students another chance to accomplish the work after we return to school in mid-April.  We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times, and we want you to know that the Waterloo School District is committed to doing everything we can to help students get through this crisis.  If you have, any concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or one of the offices with questions.

Sincerely,

Brian C. Henning
District Administrator
Waterloo School District

16 de marzo de 2020


Estimados padres, tutores y estudiantes,

Hoy, los maestros y el personal del Distrito Escolar de Waterloo pasaron tiempo enviando materiales de instrucción en el hogar a los estudiantes de todo el Distrito. Algunos artículos se enviaron electrónicamente y otros se envían por correo. Les pedimos a los estudiantes y a los padres que hagan su mejor esfuerzo para lograr estas tareas que fueron enviadas a casa. Sin embargo, entendemos completamente que no todos tienen servicio de internet y somos conscientes de que otras barreras impedirán que los estudiantes puedan realizar el trabajo en el hogar. Simplemente estamos pidiendo que todos hagan lo mejor que puedan y para aquellos que no pueden completar el trabajo, les daremos a los estudiantes otra oportunidad de realizar el trabajo después de regresar a la escuela en el abril. Apreciamos su paciencia durante estos tiempos sin precedentes, y queremos que sepa que el Distrito Escolar de Waterloo está comprometido a hacer todo lo posible para ayudar a los estudiantes a superar esta crisis. Si tiene alguna inquietud, no dude en ponerse en contacto con el maestro de su hijo o una de las oficinas con preguntas.

Sinceramente,

Brian C. Henning
Administrador del distrito
Distrito escolar de Waterloo



UPDATE
March 15, 2020
2:05 pm

Good afternoon Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff,

The Waterloo School Board in conjunction with the Public Health Department has ordered the Waterloo School District to close school effective immediately.  All students should plan to be away from school starting today, Sunday March 15, 2020 through April 10, 2020.  This includes all activities and events related to the Waterloo School District, including the fitness center, pool, and swimming lessons.  Any student that needs to obtain anything from the school building will need to come in from 8:00 am to noon on Monday to do so.  Teachers will be mailing by U.S. Postal or contacting students via Google classroom to encourage homebound instruction.  Families are asked to support the homebound instruction the best they can, but we fully understand that this will be difficult for some students and accommodations will be given.  All staff are asked to report to school on Monday for a full day of planning and preparation.  Staff are to report for work at their normal time on Monday. Again, school is canceled Sunday, March 15, 2020 through April 10, 2020 for the Waterloo School District.  This includes all related activities and use of the school building. 

Thank you,

 

Brian C. Henning

District Administrator



March 13, 2020

Waterloo School District
 
The Waterloo School District is planning to close school at the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and remain closed through Friday, April 10, 2020.  All sporting events and practices will be canceled though April 5, 2020.  Please check back frequently for more updates.


March 12 - 5:15 pm - Letter to Families in English & Spanish
 
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Governor Tony Evers mandated in a statement that all schools in Wisconsin will remain closed for the full duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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