Superintendent Update

School District of Brodhead COVID-19 update: 12-03-20

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Hopefully you and your family got a chance to relax and enjoy the Thanksgiving break. As we return to instruction we will be monitoring the COVID situation very closely to see if our numbers change significantly. If we see a spike in cases in the schools we will be considering moving to virtual instruction, Plan C. Remember to have a backup plan in case this would happen. I have received questions regarding inclement weather days. As of right now, these would be treated the same way as in the past. If there is an inclement weather day, there will be no instruction. At some point down the road, if we have several inclement weather days, we will consider replacing these with virtual learning days, but for right now, they will still be non-instructional days.

2020-21 School Year:
• There is a Board meeting on December 9. At this meeting we will be discussing our current numbers and if any plan changes are needed. We will also be discussing trips and activities coming up in the second half of the school year.
• A reminder that the High School will be starting up activities/competitions this week. There are no spectators or media allowed. They will be live streamed for those that want to view these events. We are currently working on this process and will be getting that information out as soon as possible.
• Albrecht Elementary School is starting the process of signing up students who wish to attend the Educere 100% virtual program for the second semester of the school year (starting January 25). The following form is a survey that is being sent out to families of all Albrecht students to get a better understanding of which students will be joining us face-to-face and which students wish to attend the Educere 100% virtual option.
o Please complete this form by Friday, December 18 so we can get a better understanding who will be attending Albrecht in person.
o Albrecht Learning Options form: https://forms.gle/ywzdxFLVZRo2kmws5
o If your child has been attending face-to-face and you want him/her to continue coming in-person to Albrecht, there is no need to fill out this form.
• December 22 is an early release day; students: 1:00-1:15 p.m. and staff: 1:30 p.m.
• Students will return January 4.

COVID Testing Sites:
• Rock County Testing:
o Free COVID-19 testing will be available weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. each day at Blackhawk Technical College – Central Campus, located at 6004 South County Highway G, Janesville WI. The last day of testing is December 10.
• Green County Testing:
o Monroe Site-Green County 628 West 10 ½ Street, Monroe, WI 53566. Testing is on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
o Sign up for your Green County test ahead of time at gcpublichealth.org.

Updated Statistics: 2020-21 School Year:
• 41 total students/staff tested positive for COVID-19.
• 322 students/staff that have been considered close contacts.
• 84 students sent home due to COVID-19 related symptoms.
• Attendance rates: (approximate) Elementary School - 93%, Middle School - 95%, and High School - 98%. These are the percentages for November 19-December 2.
• 32 active cases in the District (either in quarantine or isolation due to positive test or close contact designation).

As you start to make preparations for the upcoming holidays, please make sure to keep in mind possible changes to the instructional plans. Depending on what happens over the next few weeks, there is a chance that we would be full virtual, Plan C, in the near future or when we return in January. We are cautiously optimistic that we can make it to the Holiday Break, but we want to be prepared to change at any given point.

Thanks, and stay safe.

Leonard Lueck
Brodhead Superintendent