March 11, 2020
Hello Abbotsford Parents and Staff Members,
As our state grapples with the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), I wanted to share how our district is closely monitoring the spread of the virus and preparing for any necessary response while prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff. We continue to take guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local county health services. Our leadership and safety personnel have reviewed and updated our Abbotsford School District pandemic plan, as well as reviewed and revised procedures should long-term school closure become necessary.
Heightened disinfecting protocols have been implemented. These protocols prioritize hard surface disinfecting (desks, tables, etc.) and high-touch points (door handles, pencil sharpeners, soap dispensers, etc.) in our classrooms and school.
Spring Break Travel:
We know that many staff and students might be traveling for April's Spring Break. In order to protect the health of our students, staff, and community, we want to emphasize the recommendations of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that all travelers from places with level 3 travel health notices for COVID-19 follow a limited self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Wisconsin. Students following a self-quarantine due to having traveled to a level 3 zone are unable to attend school and extracurricular activities for the duration of the 14 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains the most up-to-date list of countries with travel health notices on their website, so please check frequently as information rapidly changes.
Those staff and students who exhibit symptoms of illness should not be at work or school. Students and staff members should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school after any illness. Staying home when you are sick is critical to the prevention of a number of illnesses.
Handwashing continues to be the most effective tool to stop the spread of this and other viruses. Posters from the Center for Disease Control can be downloaded and printed if they are useful to you in your classrooms, or at home when discussing healthy living with children. Please continue to encourage students to wash their hands and not to touch their face.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal or the Abbotsford District Office at (715) 223-6715.