Superintendent Update

School District of Brodhead COVID-19 update: 04-08-21

 Dear Parent/Guardian:

Good Morning. We have a had a good week with no reported positive student or staff cases. We have still had some students sent/kept home due to symptoms. I want to remind you that if a student is home due to COVID symptoms, they must remain home for ten days or receive a negative test result before they are allowed to return. This includes cold, flu, and allergy symptoms if they are identified as COVID symptoms as well. Again, we want to play it as safe as possible so that we can keep our schools open. We have been able to stay open due to parents’ honesty and cooperation. We will continue to error on the side of caution so please keep your student home if they have COVID symptoms. I have attached a guide for you to follow.

As you know, tomorrow will be an early release so that staff can receive their second vaccination shot. Now that the State has opened up the eligibility, we are recommending that all people get vaccinated, especially if you plan to attend school events. I have attached a document about possible vaccinations if you are interested. We also would like students 16 and over to get vaccinated as well. We do not have information regarding student vaccination opportunities at this time but you can contact your provider for possible options. As always, these decisions are completely up to you.

2020-21 School Year:
• Early Release day: April 9. This is for staff vaccinations.
We will dismiss the High School at 12:30 p.m., Middle School at 12:40 p.m., and Elementary School at 12:50 p.m. [approximate].
• At their April 14 meeting, the School Board will be discussing facility use and opening up more activities for students and non-school organizations. These plans will follow our safety protocols and most likely be held outside when feasible.
• Remember that mask wearing is still required at all school events/activities and during school. This includes school activities that are not held on school grounds as well.

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. Walgreens and CVS are now offering testing as well.
• Green County Testing:

o Monroe Site-Green County – 652 8th Street, Monroe, WI. Testing is on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Testing is no longer offered on Thursdays. See attachment for details.
o Sign up for your Green County test ahead of time at gcpublichealth.org.

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Updated Statistics: 2020-21 School Year:
• 91 total students/staff tested positive for COVID-19.
• 840 students/staff that have been considered close contacts.
• 138 students sent home due to COVID-19 related symptoms.
• Attendance rates: (approximate) Elementary School - 93%, Middle School - 92%, and High School - 94%. These are the percentages for April 1-7.
• 30 active cases in the District (either in quarantine or isolation due to positive test or close contact designation).

I hope you all got a chance to enjoy Easter Break. While we attempt to provide a few more activities for the students, we will continue to stress as many safety protocols as possible. Remember that you always have the choice of allowing your student to participate or not. I will try to keep you informed of all activities ahead of time so that you can consider your options or express any concerns you may have.

Thanks, and stay safe.

Leonard Lueck
Brodhead Superintendent