NOV. 25 UPDATE - AS OF TODAY, FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES TO RESUME NOV. 30
The following letter from Superintendent Dr. Patricia F. Deklotz was sent to KM parents/guardians Nov. 25.
Dear parents and guardians,
I met with the leadership of the district yesterday afternoon to review the COVID data that informs our district's decision making. Fortunately, our COVID numbers, while rising, are not as significant as in other areas of Waukesha County. I reviewed those numbers with the KM school board in last night's meeting. A recording of the meeting is available on our Vimeo page if you want to hear the information that was shared.
At this point in time, we are keeping with our plans to resume face-to-face learning on November 30 as scheduled. I will continue to monitor the numbers over the weekend and the numbers may change. As we move forward, decisions to move our F2F learning to distance learning will continue to be made based on our ability to staff our schools and the spread we see among our students. Your efforts to mitigate spread outside of school plays a very important role in keeping our schools open. We want to make decisions based on a class, grade level or school rather than to move the entire district to distance learning. While that strategy has been effective for us in the past 12 weeks, we are not certain it will continue to be effective moving forward. The numbers will drive the decisions.
Contact tracing demonstrates the number one place of COVID spread is within the family. That is where we let down our guard and we interact freely, many times out of necessity and sometimes out of choice. There are many months ahead that will require everyone to be diligent with personal mitigation efforts and your choices impact our ability to stay open. While we remain convinced every day we have with students in our buildings is a better day for the majority of our students, that will only continue to happen when mitigation efforts are observed, both in school and out of school.
As we enter the Thanksgiving weekend, I thank you for demonstrating your concern for the safety of our staff by making personal sacrifices. They notice your behaviors and it is greatly appreciated when you support their safety and well being. Do not send your child(ren) to school when they have symptoms of illness. Keeping them home eliminates or reduces the impact of quarantine, which helps to keep our schools open. Always report symptoms, test results, and illness. We need accurate data. If you travel, self-quarantine to avoid bringing exposure from another area into our communities. Limit or eliminate activities that “expand your bubble.” Use face coverings and social distance to keep our schools open. Redefine your traditions and habits. Your partnership and support during this very stressful time are critically important. While the promise of a vaccine is on the horizon, that horizon is still far away. I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving break.
Patricia F Deklotz, Superintendent
NOV. 23 UPDATE - COUNTY AND KM LETTER ON SAFELY CELEBRATING THIS WEEK
Waukesha County and KMSD collaborated on this letter concerning the importance of safely celebrating this holiday season.Our district is thankful for the measures families have taken to mitigate the spread of COVID and encourages continued vigilance. The spread is not coming from schools - it is coming into schools from our communities. When mitigation is followed, people are much safer from the spread of the virus and we are able to keep our schools open for those wishing to participate in F2F instruction.Thank you in advance for helping us keep KM schools open, be safe and have a great week!
NOV. 19 UPDATE - NEW COVID FACT SHEET FROM COUNTY
Waukesha County released a new COVID-19 fact sheet to assist residents in understanding the protocols of testing, quarantines and more.
VIEW FACT SHEET
NOV. 18 UPDATE - COUNTY EXEC IMPLORES RESIDENTS TO ACT SAFELY
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow urges the community to help control further spread of COVID by "rethinking your holiday plans and make sure you're acting safely."
WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE
NOV. 10 UPDATE - CONTACT TRACING NOTIFICATIONS TRANSITION TO SOURCES
Waukesha County Public Health issued a letter stating its shift away from notifying contacts of positive cases: "Due to rising COVID-19 cases statewide, a recent and significant change to this process means that if you or your child are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will likely be notified of your exposure from that individual, school personnel, or your place of employment, rather than from Waukesha County Public Health. Waukesha County Public Health will focus all efforts on following up with confirmed cases rather than notifications of close contacts." READ THE ENTIRE LETTER
NOV. 6, 2020 UPDATE - KMHS Campus Transitions to Distance Learning
Thanks to parents for sharing questions and concerns regarding our decision to transition KMHS campus to distance learning Nov. 9 through Nov. 30. We appreciate your reminder that the majority of parents want their students in school. We educators also want students in our classrooms, but the first priority of our district is to keep students and staff safe.
The website is updated daily with the previous days totals. The F2F campus population is 1,034 as of Thursday. Yesterday afternoon, we were notified of three more positive cases bringing the total positive student cases at the high school to 10 and bringing the percentage of F2F students positive to 0.96%. In addition, we were seeing a daily increase in the total absent count among F2F students. We had hoped moving HS^2 and Perform to distance learning would slow the spread. It did not.
We were also stretched extremely thin in our ability to staff all F2F classes due to an increase in the number of staff who were positive, quarantined, or using federally-mandated sick leave to care for their children who were home due to COVID. Our substitute fill rate was 40% and administrators were having to serve as substitutes, a temporary solution, but not a sustainable one. Adding to the information that informed our decision was the rising count in our municipalities and census tracts, as well as the rising counts in Waukesha County. The Public Health Department informed us Wednesday they are so behind in their contact tracing, they are reducing their reach, asking positive individuals to notify their own close contacts and said contacts should self-quarantine, even without notification from the county. They are equipping businesses with the same type of letter we have been using and asking businesses to notify their employees who are close contacts when they hear of a positive employee.
The decision to move to distance learning for two weeks was not an easy or casual decision. It was informed by the opinions of eight administrators and two nurses. The week of Thanksgiving was already a "No School" week for students. It made sense to communicate that a return of November 30 was our hope, so parents would know the impact of the temporary move to distance added to the break around Thanksgiving. We sincerely hope the impact of this decision will allow us to bring students back on campus after Thanksgiving. We realize this is dependent upon the spread in community, students, and staff, and yes, we know Thanksgiving celebrations may actually increase spread. We are asking everyone to consider how they can limit their "bubble" of contacts to reduce that potential.
NOV. 4, 2020 UPDATE
Reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in schools and their surrounding communities hinges on carefully following the recommended school exclusion criteria. We understand the challenges that isolation and quarantine can place on families and schools, but the challenges will be even greater if the recommended steps are not taken to control transmission in schools.
People with symptoms of COVID-19 and people who test positive must be isolated as quickly as possible, and their close contacts must be identified and quarantined to minimize additional spread of the virus. Failing to control transmission in schools could increase transmission, potentially affecting how schools deliver curriculum and leading to increased hospitalizations and deaths in the surrounding communities.
For more information refer to DHS’s Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in K-12 Schools in Wisconsin and DHS’s Returning to School After COVID-19: Information for Parents and Guardians.
SEPT. 29 UPDATEFace coverings, in combination with other mitigation measures, have served the district well in the few weeks schools have been open. The district is in regular communication with Waukesha County Public Health, who strongly recommends face coverings in schools. This recommendation aligns with CDC and State Health Department guidelines. KMSD's face covering requirement is in place for the entire 2020-21 school year, regardless of the governor’s current or future orders.
1. Superintendent search survey and timeline - please take our survey - kmsd.edu/Page/3132
2. District needs to hire a nurse - contact our HR department if you or someone you know is interested kmsd.edu/domain/263
3. Oct. 9 & 12 - ALL STUDENTS learning virtually
4. Quarantines, COVID numbers and mitigation - see KM's COVID Dashboard - kmsd.edu/Page/3126
SEPT. 22 UPDATE
Gov. Evers Declares New Public Health Emergency Due to Campus Outbreaks, Issues New Face Coverings Order
Gov. Tony Evers today declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin due to recent surge in cases among young people and issued a new face coverings order effective immediately. Executive Order #90 is available here. Emergency Order #1 is available here. Both orders are effective immediately and will expire after sixty days or with a subsequent superseding order. The governor previously declared a public health emergency under Executive Order #82, which remains in effect.
“We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin,” said Gov. Evers. “We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially—please stay home as much as you are able, skip heading to the bars, and wear a mask whenever you go out. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all have to do this together.”
With the start of the school year, Wisconsin is seeing a surge in cases, especially among young people. In fact, 18 to 24-year-olds have a case rate five times higher than any other age group. This significant increase has only occurred within the past month and appears to be driven by in-person social gatherings. Last week, eight Wisconsin cities were listed among the top twenty cities in the United States where COVID-19 cases were rising fastest, and six of those eight cities have University of Wisconsin System campuses.
“The current surge among young people is concerning, but it is important to remember that this increase in cases is not confined to college campuses,” said Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Students come to these campuses from across the state, and we worry about the effect their return from an area with a high infection rate could have on their home communities. That is why it is imperative we take action to curb transmission now – to protect residents of Wisconsin in every corner of the state.”
SEPT. 18 UPDATE
KM Needs Your Help To Mitigate The Spread of COVID-19
We are counting on our community to assist us in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Without strict adherence to the following strategies, in and out of school, one or more our schools may face possible closure.
- Wear face coverings at all times indoors. Kettle Moraine’s policy will continue for the remainder of the school year regardless of the timeframe of the governor’s order. This recommendation aligns with guidelines from the county, state and CDC. If less than six feet distance when outdoors, wear a face covering.
- Wear face coverings correctly. Please see this page on our site for tips on how to properly wear a face covering.
- Maintain six feet of physical distancing. Inside or outside our buildings, one of the strongest mitigation strategies for students and staff is distance from others.
- Stay home if you are sick. If your student has a cough, fever, shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste and smell, do not send her/him to school. Please reveiw the chart below for a comparison of COVID-19, flu, cold, allergies, and asthma symptoms to aid your decision-making and consult your family physician.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Try not to touch your face. Keep hands off your mouth and eyes.
Please visit this page on the Wisconsin Department of Health’s web site for detailed information on mitigation, symptoms, testing and more.
IS IT COVID-19, THE FLU, A COLD, ALLERGIES OR ASTHMA?
SEPT. 15 UPDATE
WHEN CAN MY STUDENT(S) GO TO SCHOOL?
Please review this helpful document from our District Health Sevices Department regarding COVID19 (and other illnesses) and the guidelines to keeping students at home.
SEPT. 11 UPDATE
WEEKLY UPDATE FROM DR. DEKLOTZ
AUGUST 31 UPDATE
Hello, KM Families! Please remember to check your Infinite Campus accounts for info on bus routes for the 2020-21 school year.
DR. DEKLOTZ'S VIDEO UPDATE
Go to our Vimeo channel to watch the latest video updates from Superintendent Deklotz.
FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
- 6th graders and new to KM Middle School students - half day
- Freshmen and new to KM High School Campus students - half day
- Soft Start for K-5 ONLY - Click here for details
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
- 7th and 8th graders
- Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
AUGUST 14 UPDATEThe plan to re-open Kettle Moraine School District schools is completely dependent upon the ability of our communities to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the district's ability to staff our schools. The plan was developed through months of consultation, deliberation and planning by administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and our district nurse as we engaged with emerging research and experts in the field of public health, medicine, and communicable diseases. KM's plan has been reviewed and endorsed by the district's team of medical advisors, listed below:
Our administration monitors COVID-19 numbers in Waukesha County - and within the school-age population of our district - on a daily basis. If the spread of the virus spikes in our communities, or if we are unable to staff our schools, we will communicate a change in our plans as quickly as possible. Once the school year begins, we will continue to communicate with our community on the spread of the disease.
- Dr. Yasmin Bhathena,
- Dr. William Lieber
- Dr. Joe Tzougros
AUGUST 10 UPDATE
Online Registration Closes
The deadline for the 2020-21 Online Registration process has passed with just over 13% of students choosing distance learning. We are now making staffing decisions. For those few families who have not yet registered, please note: we will do our best to accommodate your request, based on the staffing assigned. Due to our class-size guidelines, we may not able to guarantee your choice of learning environment.
Family Athletic Event Passes
The district is not offering the ability to purchase Student/Family Athletic Passes as part of Optional Fees in IC. More to come from KMSD as we get closer to the start of school and athletic events.
JULY 26 UPDATEDue to COVID-19, there are modifications that will be implemented for the 2020-21 school year. Whether you are choosing F2F or distance learning, the experience will be different from what was experienced this past year. In addition to the materials you have already received, the district hosted three panel presentations, one for each level of education: elementary, middle and high school.The panels were conducted virtually and you may now view the recordings below.FAQs - Elementary Panel - Occurred via Zoom Tuesday, July 28 at 6:00 PMFAQs - Middle School Panel - Occurred via Zoom Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00 PMFAQs - High School Panel Occurred Monday, August 3 at 6:00 PM
JULY 24 UPDATE
Back-to-School Annual Update Registration for the 2020-21 school year will open Monday, July 27 at 8 a.m. All Kettle Moraine families are required to complete this annual process.
Please visit www.kmsd.edu/registration for directions on how to complete the two-step process in preparation for the upcoming school year. The registration period is July 27 - August 9.
NOTE: Please check our registration page often as we will have several updates in the coming weeks
Step 1: Complete the Annual Update Registration. To do this, log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. On the lower left of the screen, click More then Online Registration and follow the instructions as prompted.
Step 2: Student fees
- Deposit lunch money in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account by the start of school.
- General fees are available to pay now.
- Optional fees will be assessed August 10.
- Middle and high school course fees are assessed at the beginning of each term.
- High School athletic fee will be assessed after the start of the season.
- Once a student parking application has been approved, a parking pass fee will be assessed.
Before you begin the Annual Update Registration, please gather the following information. (Some information from last school year will be auto-filled; you will be asked to verify it or change it as needed.)
- Household information - address and phone numbers
- Parent information - work and cell phone numbers, email addresses
- Student information - demographic, health/medication and immunization information
- *High school student parking - student driver's license number and vehicle make / model / year / color / license plate number
- Emergency contact information - phone numbers
Annual Update Registration Tips
- Use a laptop or desktop computer to complete the process. Tablets and smartphones are not compatible with the Annual Update Registration process.
- Use Firefox or Google Chrome when accessing the Online Registration link. Internet Explorer is NOT a recommended browser.
- Be sure to turn off your pop-up blocker. Pop-up screens are used throughout the online process.
- Only households listed as primary households in Infinite Campus are eligible to complete the online registration process. Secondary household parents/guardians can log in to their Parent Portal accounts to make changes to their own information. Fees may be paid by both primary and secondary households.
- The Annual Update Registration should be completed using a PARENT portal account, not a STUDENT portal account.
- If you do not have access to a computer, please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment to complete the Annual Update Registration at the District Office.
- For Annual Update Registration support and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
In addition to completing the Annual Update Registration, each school’s website (accessible from www.kmsd.edu/registration) contains helpful information, such as back-to-school activities, checklists and school supply lists.
Bus route information for all students will be posted in Infinite Campus at the end of August.
If you have questions about your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account or the Annual Update Registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-968-6300 ext. 5370.
UPDATES ON LEARNING IN 2020-21 - Whether Face to Face or distance learning, it will be different. You have a choice.
Thank you for your patience, support and collaboration during these challenging times as we look forward to getting back to school!
JULY 17, UPDATE
Watch the weekly update featuring CFO John Stellmacher, batting for Dr. Deklotz, who is out with laryngitis. Mr. Stellmacher shares info on our 2020-21 planning progress (click here to view the draft presentation for the board's review July 21), registration and timeline as follows:July 21School Board MeetingJuly 24Final Plan 2020-21 Shared With CommunityJuly 27Online Registration Open For 2020-21 School Year
JULY 9, UPDATE - CHANGES TO TIMELINE, MASKS INFO AND MORE
The Kettle Moraine School District will start the 2020-21 school year with face-to-face instruction while implementing precautionary measures to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus. For some students and parents, the precautionary measure may be to continue with virtual learning. That is a choice the district will provide at all grade levels. For students choosing face-to-face instruction, precautionary measures will include educating students on hand-washing, covering coughs, physical distancing, and more directed movement.
The district’s planning will rely heavily on combined guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin State Department of Health, Waukesha County Health Department and Center for Disease Controls and Prevention. Specifically, KM is collaborating with Waukesha County school districts and Waukesha County, dovetailing on their "Stay Safe to Stay Open" campaign, to develop strategies of fall re-entry ensuring continuity of instruction while protecting the most vulnerable among us.
KM will share details of our county-wide collaboration as it happens, including a schools version of the Stay Safe To Stay Open web site in mid July. As many of you know, the pandemic is a very fluid situation, with guidance and planning changing from week-to-week. To that end, our cooperative is acting as diligently, and nimbly, as possible to ensure all bases are covered for fall re-entry to mitigate the chances of COVID19 in our schools and communities.
KM's plan will be created via work with our Waukesha County collaboration, KM school board, staff, parents, community members and the county health department. The timeline for various phases in developing the plan includes:
May 21: Responsibilities shared with District Leadership, Primary lead assigned, questions answered
June 25: Subcommittees present their initial draft with Administrators & DoLs; receive feedback;
July 15: Subcommittees share second draft of plan with Lead Educators and Parent Group; answer questions; receive feedback
July 21: Subcommittees share third draft of plan with School Board
July 24: Subcommittees share final draft of plan with clear expectations regarding communication needs to staff, parents, and community
July 27: Online registration is open
Aug. 1: Guardians/Parents notify KM of their student(s) intent to participate in face-to-face or distance learning. The district will have to create a complex staffing plan for both choices in a short amount of time, so giving us your decision as early as possible will aid in our planning - we appreciate your efforts and understanding!