Our objective is to provide learning opportunities for all students in a manner that mitigates the spread of the virus. This list will be updated weekly, so please check back often.
NOTE: FAQs have been categorized to easily serch via topic and school level.
Are students and staff expected to have a face covering on at all times during the day?
Students and staff are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors. Face coverings are not required when outdoors and able to physically distance themselves from others. Teachers will help students understand why face coverings are important and will work with students who require a break from wearing a face covering, to the best of their ability. It is important to have support from parents/guardians as we equip our students to work within this new social norm. (Updated Aug. 10, 2020)
Will the district allow for any adaptations or exceptions for students wearing a face covering?
The District recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a cloth face covering may not be feasible. In these instances, adaptations, alternatives or even exceptions may be considered whenever possible. The district will follow guidance from the CDC and healthcare providers on making any adaptations, alternatives and exceptions. Certain adaptations and exceptions may be made for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, because face coverings eliminate lip reading as an effective form of communication. Additionally, some individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health conditions or other sensory sensitivities, may have challenges wearing a cloth face covering. They should consult with their healthcare provider for advice about wearing cloth face coverings or healthy alternative PPE measures. Exceptions and adaptations will be approved by the building principal in consultation with our student services department.
What if a student defies a teacher’s request to wear a face covering?
It is the school district’s responsibility to define expectations and behaviors that help to ensure a safe learning environment. If a student willfully disobeys a teachers expectation there will be progressive discipline. The first step will be a conversation between the student and the teacher. The conversation will be documented and parents notified. A second offense will result in a meeting with the school administrator and the parent(s) of the students. A third offense may result in the student being transferred to an alternate learning environment, specifically distance learning. The willful disregard for safety expectations, potentially endangering the wellbeing of others, will not be allowed.
Why have you reversed your position on face coverings?
We have been monitoring the Waukesha County COVID numbers on a daily basis for months and our plans have changed as a result of the increase the county has experienced. In June, the county was averaging 23 cases per day. A month later those numbers have more than quadrupled. The number of infections are going in the wrong direction and we have to take a more significant stance to protect the health of our teachers and students. We will continue to monitor those numbers and adjust our plans as needed, throughout the school year. In addition, with ongoing research, experts are now widely recommending face coverings as a mitigation strategy.
Is the district providing the face coverings to each child who plans to return for face to face learning?
The district is planning to distribute two cloth face coverings to each child. There will be a reserve of face coverings kept on hand when a student requires an additional face covering. We are asking parents to help provide face coverings for their children due to the expense involved. Face coverings require laundering between use and that is the responsibility of each individual family. We encourage families to consider purchasing more than two face coverings for each child to ensure they have clean face coverings for each day. The majority of students will be able to meet our expectations with a cloth face covering. We ask for two per day so students are able to change into a clean face covering halfway through their day. Only in unique, student-specific situations will a face shield be provided.
F2F AND DISTANCE LEARNING
I understand I can choose F2F or distance learning for each of the four 9-week terms of the school year. What if I change my mind a few weeks into my choice?
We are asking parents to commit to either distance learning or Face-to-Face (F2F) learning for one 9-week term at a time in order for us to manage the staffing needs of each environment. If there are extenuating circumstances, we will deal with each situation individually, knowing we may not be able to accommodate a desire. We also know we cannot guarantee the F2F environment will occur for the entire nine weeks. Depending upon data around the virus spread, there may be times when a classroom or a school are transitioned to distance learning for a few days or weeks. When people elect F2F, it is with full disclosure KM anticipates the possibility of F2F being subject to virtual learning for short periods of time due to quarantine or the disease.
How will distance learning be different from last spring?
We learned a great deal from the spring experience and there are different expectations for all staff and learners as we begin the year. These changes are intended to help support students and families with the use of digital tools and the transition to distance learning as necessary. All students will use the digital platforms regularly, whether learning in a distance environment or F2F. We will provide teachers with professional development throughout the school year to ensure we are supporting them in the use and expectations of the digital tools. We will also be providing training for parents in the use of the tools. Students learning in a distance model will have regular schedules and daily interactions with teachers.
If we opt for distance learning for our student, will they be able to take some courses that are more experiential in a F2F setting or will it all be virtual?
When registering your student, you will select F2F or distance learning for the entirety of the 9-week term. Students are not allowed to select F2F or distance learning by individual class.
What specific learning platform are parents going to be “trained” in for each grade level?
Elementary - Google Classroom; MS - Canvas for Discover; HS - Canvas and MyLC
Who will be the virtual teacher for the different grade levels?
We will not know the elementary teachers until we determine the interest or demand from our parents through online registration. For middle and high school, we anticipate the student having the same teacher as their F2F cohort. There may be some high school courses with a specific distance-learning cohort, but that is dependent upon student interest.
What is the daily structure and schedule to look like for virtual learning (i.e. hyflex/synchronous learning time via Zoom/Google Meet)
Elementary and middle school students will start at the time school starts. Synchronous teaching in ALL environments will include some regular times likely to be full-group to include direction sharing, interaction with other students and some overview instruction. Small-group and 1:1 instruction will be scheduled by each teacher based on the number of learners (at elementary) and teacher F2F schedule at the middle school and high school.
Will there be paper/pencil learning worked into the learning day - i.e. worksheets, writing assignments in notebooks?
The specific learning tasks will be designed by each teacher. It is likely some paper/pencil tasks (math, lower elementary, etc) will be needed and learners will be able to digitize to demonstrate learning.
What are the mechanisms being put into place to ensure that meaningful learning is taking place and students are advancing through their curriculum, not having a less-than experience than peers in the F2F classrooms?
Learner growth will be monitored using a combination of data to include discussions, presentations, work sample evidence, projects, formative assessments, summative assessments and standardized assessments. The data review process that occurs K-8 to determine the need for intervention will continue for all learners.
What considerations are being considered for virtual fatigue and emotional fatigue with the learning platforms and online learning?
Teachers of distance learning will have regular contact with learners and will make modifications as needed. With younger learners, parents will play a role in helping students take breaks and return to remote learning.
What additional social structures are being developed for students to engage with other peers they would have normally been engaged with? PTO sponsored social hours via Zoom/Google Meet? Safe outdoor social distancing?
Social structures for learners in F2F will be addressed in typical ways. Remote learners may be part of small group discussions/instructions as their needs present.
If we select distance learning for our child, in what ways will it be different from what we experienced last spring?
Distance learning will be more structured this fall than it was in the spring. Elementary students will be grouped into district-wide classes of students with structured time for synchronous meetings of the whole class, as well as small groups and individual meetings. The teachers will be using Google Meet and SeeSaw digital tools to support communication. This model is being used at the elementary level as students of that age are less autonomous in their ability to engage virtually.
At the middle and high school levels, students will be in the same classroom as peers who are learning in a F2F environment. Distance-learning students will be expected to attend their classes at the same time as their F2F peers. Teachers will use a learning management system (Canvas, MyLC, or Summit) for assignments, feedback, and assessments or artifacts. Google Meet will be used in the classroom, while the teacher is teaching to those physically present. This will require distance-learning students to log in to each class throughout a student's day. The flexibility afforded this past spring with regard to attendance is much more restricted. We will be expecting all distance-learning students to attend all classes each day, participate in small groups virtually, and complete their expected assignments.
What mitigation strategies are being implemented?
Measures include and are not limited to such practices as:
- daily at-home screening for symptoms - if ill, stay home
- increased ventilation
- increased cleaning and sanitizing
- frequent hand washing
- hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in classroom and around building
- physical distancing
- covering coughs/sneezes
- plexiglass sneeze/cough shields
- isolation rooms for students with COVID symptoms
- cohort grouping with assigned seating
- directed traffic flow in hallways
- directed assignment of cafeteria space and recess areas
- eliminating bubblers and requesting students use personal water bottles
- required face coverings
- eliminating visitors, guests, and field trips for at least the first semester
Whether a parent elects F2F or distance learning, it will be a different learning experience from previous years. We are understanding of your concerns and we will adjust plans as necessary, knowing our ultimate goal is to provide learning opportunities that meet the communities' expectations while mitigating the spread of the virus to keep our staff healthy.
How will the district report school COVID cases to parents? Will you release numbers and schools to all district parents or follow the current illness protocol and only notify the specific classes where the illness is? I think the total numbers are important for us to know as parents trying to make informed decisions every nine weeks about what is the safest/best learning situation.KM understands the need for families and staff to have information on the spread of COVID in our community and our district. We are also obligated by a requirement to keep personally-identifiable information confidential. We are not allowed to release information allowing, alone or in combination, a reasonable person in the school community to identify the students/staff who are absent due to COVID-19 with reasonable certainty.The County dashboard is updated daily with information on the spread of COVID in our district, our municipalities, and in our county. Understand that the data reported for school districts includes all children in the age groups identified, whether attending that particular school district, a private school or being home schooled.In addition to all of the mitigation strategies outlined in our re-opening plan, our school district is working in collaboration with the Waukesha County Public Health Department to support non-household contact tracing.
The district monitors the overall Waukesha County numbers on a daily basis, along with census tract and municipality data. That information is available to parents through the county website and we have provided a link on the district website. The district is working with the county to determine the contact tracing protocol that will be reliable and serve the best interests of district residents and our schools.
If a child is forced to quarantine due to a family member testing positive, illness, or someone they have been in close contact tests positive, are they then switched to a virtual learning environment?
If a student is quarantined, their learning would be supported through distance learning. The student would not be switched into another class to support the virtual learning. They would be supported by their assigned teacher in their F2F cohort during their quarantine.
If a student has covid symptoms and is tested, with test results currently taking 6-10 days, should that student continue to stay home until a negative test result is received, or can they go back to school after being symptom free for 24 hours? Like what if they are only sick for a day or two, but the results take 10 days?
- If a child has symptoms of COVID (that can be the same as other illnesses), parents should reach out to the health care provider for next steps.
- A student must wait for test results to come in, staying in quarantine the whole time if they are tested.
- If a student HAS been exposed to COVID (considered a close contact) and are experiencing symptoms, and are tested positive+, they become isolated. If they're results are negative-, they still wait out the quarantine because they could still have the virus up to 14 days.
- If a student HAS NOT had a known exposure, and the results are negative - it is assumed the symptoms and illness is not COVID. They may return when they are symptome free (including fever) for 24 hours without the use of medication.
Would siblings of the covid tested student also have to quarantine at home until a negative test result is received?
People living in the same home as a confirmed or probable case must immediately follow self-quarantine procedures for the duration of the case patient’s isolation period, as well as 14 days after the end of the case patient’s isolation period. Day zero of the mandated 14-day quarantine would be the day the case ends their isolation. If household contacts and cases are able to diligently follow CDC home isolation guidance at all times, then day zero would be the last day they had close contact or were in the same indoor living environment. For many household situations it will be impossible or very difficult to fully implement these guidelines at all times, especially if the home has only one bathroom, the case is a child, or the home has a single caregiver.
Please explain the isolation room. What symptoms will be considered to be possible COVID-19 indicators? Will multiple kids be pooled into one room if they are pulled out at the same/similar time - waiting together for parents to pick them up?. Are the current health rooms at the school now the COVID-19 isolation rooms? Is there a separate room for a child who scrapes his knee/falls and bumps his head?
COVID has many symptoms that people, including children, may experience including fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, congestion/runny nose. Many of these symptoms are the same for other illnesses. Parents are asked to screen their children at home for symptoms as well as possible / known exposure. If children are having any of the symptoms and/or have had exposure, they are asked to stay home and call their health care provider. If a child gets ill at school, the health room staff will assess the child (temperature, pulse ox, type and length of time of symptoms) while considering any unique child history (known allergies, for example). Students with these questionable symptoms where a different reasonable explanation cannot be determined (ie just ran at recess and is experiencing an asthma exacerbation), will be quarantined in an isolation room. Each building has determined its isolation room location. Students will be given a mask to wear if they do not have one, and will sit away from others in the same room. We will have to overflow to other rooms as necessary. The child's parents/guardians will be phoned and advised to pick up their child, and contact their child's physician for possible next steps. Does the doctor want to see the child? Does the child need to get tested? Part of the determination of student return to school has to do with if a child has been a ‘close contact’ with a positive COVID case. The isolation room is separate from the health room There are also “health” rooms where kids with non-contagious issues are assessed, monitored, treated ie. (medication distribution or a bumped head).
Will the school be doing temperature checks?
Routine temperature taking of every student upon arrival for the school day will not be done. We are following the guidance of the CDC and the Waukesha County Public Health Department. The CDC does not currently recommend universal symptom screenings (screening all students grades K-12) be conducted by schools. Parents are encouraged to keep kids home who are ill, and/or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID.
I have read that a close contact is considered to have been within six feet for 15 minutes or longer. Will parents be notified when their child is a close contact of someone who tests positive? Will parents be updated on the number of positive cases in a school?
A person is considered to be a close contact if they were within six feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes (cumulative time), or had physical contact with the person, or had direct contact with the respiratory secretions of the person, like if a person was coughed or sneezed on, had contact with dirty tissue, shared a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items with the person, or stayed overnight for at least one night in a household with the person.
The district monitors the overall Waukesha County numbers on a daily basis, along with census tract and municipality data. That information is available to parents through the county website and we have provided a link on the district website. The district is currently working with Waukesha County Public Health Dept to determine who has contact tracing and communication oversight. If the county is not able to provide non-household contact tracing, we want the schools to do so. We want to be able to notify KM families when there has been a positive case in the district via email - AFTER close contacts have been notified. The notification would come from the district office and read something like:
Dear KM Families,
(insert number here) positive COVID cases have been reported and confirmed in the ______________ School of KMSD. All close contacts have been notified. We continue to monitor the situation.
Please note, this is still being discussed with the county and a final decision has not yet been reached. We will keep parents notified regarding the level of reporting they can expect from KM.
How will classroom furniture be modified from previous years?
The furniture in each room is being examined to determine appropriate use. Certain items have been removed to allow for physical distancing of seats. Plexiglass dividers are being made for tables that are shared or when physical distancing in a class is not feasible due to shared seating and for small group instruction. When desks are available, they are being utilized. Students will be storing their individual supplies under their chairs. Backpacks will not be sanitized by the school. Sanitizing wipes will be available in every room. Each teacher will establish the protocol for where and when backpacks are stored and accessed.
Will additional custodial staff be available, especially at the elementary schools, to address the increased requirements?
The district does not anticipate being able to hire additional custodial staff. There will be reassignment of duties and priorities in order to meet the needs anticipated due to COVID-19. Additionally, staff will have sanitizing products in their classroom for use.
Have the cleaning products been enhanced as well?
The district is using the cleaning materials as specified by the CDC. This is in compliance with the District Safety Committiee's expectations and in alignment with the specifications of the Chemical Hygiene standards.
Were all district school buildings’ HVAC systems updated in 2014?
In the last five years, the HVAC (heating ventilation air conditioning) systems have been either replaced entirely with up-to-date equipment or rebuilt to current American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards/codes in every district school building. The systems were sized according to each building and its function.
All systems operate utilizing Direct Digital Controls (DDC). This is the current standard of operating HVAC systems for commercial and public buildings. We have total control and flexibility to monitor and operate sections or an entire building with a few keystrokes. We work with the equipment installer - North American Mechanical Systems inc. - to assist us in daily monitoring, as well as maintaining, all HVAC equipment. The system also has built-in alarms to notify us of problems with hundreds of points of operation being constantly monitored.
Do we have high-quality air filters - such as UV filters - to remove viruses?
We use high-efficiency pleated filters that filter out dust and pollens transporting the COVID-19 virus. We also have UV lights in air handlers to disinfect the cooling coils where applicable. The district also has the ability to operate the HVAC system outside of the programmed standard code compliant specifications, so when we need more outside air in our buildings, we can do so. This is one of the mitigation tactics we are using. Other examples of past uses would be when we have an indoor event that needs additional ventilation for an event using special effects such as fog machines. We will be changing the time schedules that the equipment runs to ensure the building is purged of existing air from weekends and or late-night events.
Have our buildings been inspected by an independent entity to determine safety?
The equipment and installations were inspected and performance verified by the engineering design firm upon the completion of the project in 2016 in the four elementary schools, 2017 in the Middle School and 2018 in the High School. The equipment is maintained on a routine proactive maintenance program to ensure operation of the equipment. Evaluations include, but not limited to: damper operation, DDC controls and components, filter changes, motor operation, belt maintenance and general overall operation of the unit including proper airflow.
How often will bathrooms be cleaned?
Bathrooms will be lightly cleaned (touch points and high-contact areas) routinely during the day and thoroughly every evening via disinfectant sprayer.
HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS
Will charter HS students still be able to take courses through the legacy high school? Will it depend on the class? Will it depend on whether the student is choosing F2F vs. virtual learning?
Yes, charter HS students are still able to take courses through the legacy high school as long as the majority of their coursework is done through the charter school. Students have already registered for those courses. The exception will be if a student (charter or legacy) elects distance learning, there may be some courses in the legacy high school that require F2F. In those cases, the counselors will work with the student to choose another course supported through distance learning.
What if my high school daughter forgets to bring her card to lunch or leaves it at home for the day? How will she be able to get lunch? Will you be able to charge her account a different way?
IDs on the HS campus will be extremely important this year as students will be using them to scan in and out of class for attendance purposes, access our library and other learning spaces, and purchase lunch (that information will be shared in the coming weeks as we prepare for the start of school). If a student forgets their ID, they will need to get a temporary ID printed. If it becomes a recurring issue, students will be charged for additional printed IDs. In the lunchroom, specifically, the food service workers will be able to type student ID numbers in if necessary.
How and where will students dress properly for outdoor recess keeping six feet from each other?
Individual teachers will have the responsibility of monitoring the flow of students into cubby areas of the elementary buildings. When physical distancing is not possible, fase coverings will be required.
How will elementary students who choose distance learning going to be placed into cohorts or classes?
The current plan is to group students of similar grades into one classroom across the district. This is dependent upon the number of parents electing distance learning for their student(s). The teacher assigned to a distance learning cohort will go through a similar process in building relationships with and among students as is done in a F2F class. Building those relationships is an essential part of the learning experience. Teachers, whether F2F or distance learning, have the opportunity to consult with prior educators as appropriate.
What platforms will the elementary students be engaging in?
Google Classroom will be used for both F2F and distance learning
How will music look in the district this year?
Music remains an important priority for the Kettle Moraine community. Music classes will continue with some significant changes. Fortunately, there is some emerging research about the effects of wind instruments and singing on the spread of aerosol droplets. Our music classes will consider this research and CDC guidance as we adapt throughout the fall. Current findings suggest that singing and playing should be limited to 30 minute increments and when possible be done outside to reduce the concentration of aerosols inside.
Students will be doing more playing of instruments than singing. Classroom teachers are developing a curriculum that allows for a rotation of percussion instruments that can be cleaned between class periods or be unique to class and cleaned at the end of the day.
Classes will occur as scheduled, but students will be spread into multiple classrooms to ensure more appropriate spacing. Singing and playing will only be done in small groups or outside. We are also investigating nylon bell covers for brass instruments, which have been shown to reduce the movement of air output around these instruments.
When indoors, students will either be working on individual assignments (e.g. music composition or creation) or working in smaller groups with appropriate spacing.
High school music students will attend classes as scheduled but utilize much more of the high school music facility. Whenever possible, we will utilize as much of the facility as possible. For example, the smaller orchestra could use the large band room, the choir can spread out and use the entire auditorium and the band students can go outside as wind ensembles are designed for outdoor performances. Singing and playing will only be done in small groups or outside. We are also investigating nylon bell covers for brass instruments, which have been shown to reduce the movement of air output around these instruments. When indoors, students will be working on composition, music theory, or practicing in smaller groups.
Large groups have been scheduled only 1st block and 4th block. This allows for dispersal of aerosols between classes and for the adjusted ventilation equipment to do its job.
Performances and Productions
Concerts will look very different in the fall. We will follow Waukesha County guidelines for large group gatherings as well as recommendations from WIAA and the Wisconsin School Music Association. There may be multiple smaller group performances with smaller audiences in large spaces, outdoor events, or video streamed events, or a combination of all of those. Look for concert information from each teacher at the beginning of the year.
Distance Learning Students
Though many of our classes are designed as ensemble experiences, we will do our best to support learners continuing on their music education at home. This may be different than the learning that occurred in the spring and may include recommendations for individual practice and enrichment activities. At the 6-12 level, assignments and resources utilized in the ensembles will be available to students working at home using the same platform as students using face-to-face. We are also using a software tool called SmartMusic in 8th and 9th grade bands. If this proves valuable to families, we will consider expanding this to distance learners in other ensembles and grades.
ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULARS
Are there plans to conduct fall 2020 extracurriculars within the District?
Kettle Moraine understands the important role played by extracurricular opportunities and in the coming year they will take second place to academic instruction. The ability to offer extracurricular activities is dependent upon the rate of infection experienced in the census tracts/municipalities served by Kettle Moraine, the ability to find an advisor and their mitigation plan in offering the opportunity, and the nature/group size of each individual extracurricular offering. Each will be evaluated individually. The Waukesha County large gathering group size will have an impact on what and how extracurriculars will operate, if indeed they are offered. When possible, clubs will meet virtually. These parameters are true for high school, middle school, and elementary school.
If a family chooses virtual for the year or just a quarter, can they still participate in sports/drama/extracurriculars?
Extracurricular activities are choice opportunities offered by the Kettle Moraine School District. Students who choose a vitirual learning option, at any point throughout the school year, will still have the option to participate in athletics/clubs and extracurricular offerings.
What can my child expect as far as Library Media access and privileges?
- Students will not be in the library for the first few weeks of school. We will limit book circulation to using the online reservation system.
- Checking out materials: Books will be available via reservation system. For instructions about how to reserve a book for your child/student - click here.
- The Makerspace will be closed for the first semester. The tools in the makerspaces are manipulatives and are meant to be shared. We are limiting shared resources at this time.
- Students will not visit the library unless communication between the teacher and the library supervisor allows it. The library will be an instructional space much of the time and we must limit cross-cohort interaction.
- Checking out materials: Books will be available via reservation system. For instructions about how to reserve a book for your child/student - click here
- Makerspace materials are available upon teacher request. Some materials may be limited based on reducing shared materials.
- Library Hours 7:00am-5:00pm (times may change based on supervision availability)
- Students may access the library on a first come, first served basis.
- Sign in is required.
- Limited capacity will be enforced.
- Checking out materials: Students are encouraged to use the online reservation system. To learn how, click here.
- Teacher must inform the library who is on the way to search for materials.
- Sign in will be required.
- Library staff will assist students in finding materials.
- Teachers may sign up on the calendar to reserve the library space for instruction. Only one class per block will be allowed. All students will sign in to the library.
- Students will not be permitted to use the library during the lunch hour. Students must eat lunch in their assigned area. Lunch takes place during block 3 and the space must be available for reservation during that time.
What technology requirements are needed within the homes?
Access to a computer and internet. Parents without these resources need to contact their principal to make arrangements to ensure there is access.
Can you recommend minimum level broadband, device capabilities, webcam/microphone?Bandwidth: minimum 10Mb/sec (if you have multiple students sharing a connection, it would be 10Mb/sec per student)Device: internet-capable device with keyboard, webcam, headset with microphone. We suggest PC/Mac/Chromebook. iPads will work, but not recommended.
Will siblings be required to sit together on the bus?
Students will be assigned to sit with their siblings if they ride the same bus. This is a mitigation strategy.
TRAVELWhat are the rules and precautions around traveling?We are all working very hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in order to open our schools and provide F2F learning. Every student and staff member plays a role in mitigating the spread and our mitigation strategies, when followed, will be effective. The CDC recommends:
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.The CDC gives advice regarding states that have travel restrictions for people who are visiting that particular area. Some states have quarantine expectations in place if someone from Wisconsin travels to that area.Please consult the CDC website for guidance on travel and do everything you can toassist KM with our mitigation strategies - both in and out of school.
- limiting travel when possible
- following mitigation strategies (wearing face coverings, maintaining 6 ft. distance, washing hands frequently and thoroughly)
Where can I send my questions?
Please reach out directly to your school counselors, principals and directors with school-specific questions.