The Lake Holcombe School District staff have been diligently working
on plans to re-open school on September 1.
Our goal is to re-open school as SAFELY AS POSSIBLE.
In the coming weeks we will be sharing our plans as they progress.
We have been working hard on our re-opening plans these past few weeks and will continue throughout the summer. Of course this is a fluid situation and things change weekly, if not daily. Please check our here for updates
and we thank you for your patience.
September 22, 2020
Order extending facecoverings through November 21, 2020.
August 31, 2020
SUBJECT: Returning to School
Tomorrow we will start the 2020-21 school year in the Lake Holcombe School District. As we get ready to provide in-person teaching and learning, we will continue to focus on protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.
If we all work together…….WE CAN DO THIS!
We are very pleased to be able to resume in-person learning. However, we may need to shift our approach depending on the status of COVID-19 in our community and guidance we receive from our local health department. We must all be prepared to transition to remote learning or a hybrid model at any time.
For the latest updates and information on our reopening plan, please continue to visit http://www.lakeholcombe.k12.wi.us/lh-forward-2020-21-reopening-of-school.html
As always, thank you for your patience and understanding.
Lake Holcombe School District
Exclusion from School August 30, 2020
On August 26, 2020 school staff were inserviced by Chippewa County Public Health on precautions and response to COVID-19. The following are the current recommendations from public health as to when students and staff must be excluded from attendance/in-person teaching and learning:
They have taken any medications (for example, ibuprofen, Tylenol) to reduce fever in the last 24 hours.
They have tested positive for COVID-19 or been diagnosed by a health care provider, with or without having symptoms, and have not yet finished their isolation period per public health recommendations.
Within the last two weeks, they have come in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19.
OR within the last 24 hours, they have experienced the follow symptoms above their baseline: Either cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste OR At least two of the following symptoms:
Fever (measured or subjective), or chills or rigors
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
These symptom criteria apply to COVID-19-related exclusions for in-person instruction. Other symptoms may also require exclusion for a different communicable disease. Generally, children with fever, diarrhea, or vomiting alone should be sent home for at least 24 hours, even if it is unrelated to COVID-19 infection.
In the event that your child becomes ill at school or is exhibiting symptoms, they will be removed from class and will need to be picked up immediately. We appreciate your cooperation and prompt response in the event that this happens.
Additional Face Covering Policy August 20, 2020
The Lake Holcombe School District is continuing to plan to provide, to the greatest extent possible, a safe learning environment for the start of the 20-21 school year. A parent survey was conducted in July and almost 100% of respondents wanted our school to re-open for in person programming.
Governor Evers issued a face covering/mask order in early August. Since then we have worked with Chippewa County Public Health and other entities to determine how we will administer this requirement. We understand that face coverings can be seen as a matter of personal choice. In the case of the Lake Holcombe School and the attendance at school and the participation at programs and events; face coverings/masks are a requirement. The following is some additional information in regard to the administration of the face covering/mask mandate in our school.
Masks/face coverings will be required until further notice. The district will comply with the Governor’s order. The district does have the legal authority to require masks/face coverings as a condition of attendance and employment.
Masks/face coverings will be a requirement and a condition of in person school attendance and employment at the Lake Holcombe School.
Medical verification from a Health Care Provider will be required to be considered for an exemption to the mask/face covering requirement.
Masks/face coverings will be required for Physical Education, all athletic practices and all competitions that are held indoors.
Cross Country athletes participating in meets will wear masks/face coverings at all times except when they reach the starting line and during their individual race.
Masks or shields will be worn during football practice and play at all times.
Masks/face coverings may be taken off when outdoors and physically distancing.
Masks/face coverings may be taken off when eating or drinking.
Recess will be an opportunity to take a mask/face covering break as long as students are physically distancing.
Spectators to indoor athletic events are required to wear a face covering/mask and socially distance.
Spectators to outdoor athletic events are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings/masks and socially distance.
We will encourage our staff to plan outdoor activities and take students on mask break activities.
Although visitors to the school will be very limited; visitors will not be let in the building unless they are wearing a mask/face covering.
Please, if we all work together, we can make this work for all students and families.
Athletics August 19, 2020
The Schools of the Lakeland Conference have been working hard to find the best course of action for fall sports. The primary focus of this discussion was the safety of our student athletes, their families, their coaches, and their fans. The Schools took into account the recent plans shared by the WIAA as well as insights and ideas communicated by all groups of the Conference: Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors, and Coaches. After much discussion, the Lakeland Conference approved the adoption of the WIAA plans for fall sports with some specific additions.
Football Season Practices will begin Sept 7
Aug 21st and Aug 28th non conference games will be cancelled
Sept 18th scrimmages are being planned
Sept 25th regularly scheduled conference games will be played.
The 3 conference games scheduled before Sept 25 will be rescheduled as follows
Sept 4 to Oct 23
Sept 11 to Oct 30
Sept 18 to Nov 6.
Aug 28th, Sept 4th and Sept 11 non conference games will be cancelled.
Sept 18th scrimmages are being planned.
Sept 25th regularly scheduled conference games will be played.
The conference games scheduled before Sept 25 will be rescheduled as follows:
Sept 18th to Oct 23rd
Additional games to be played after the 23rd as per the WIAA
Volleyball Practice will begin Sept 7
Conference Matches will begin Sept 15th
Sept 12th scrimmages are being planned
Schools will make arrangements to reschedule Conference matches that were scheduled before Sept 15th.
Cross Country Practice will begin Aug 17th
Matches will begin Aug 25th.
A Conference meet will be held at Bruce on Oct 13th.
Championships and All-Conference Teams
Conference Champions will be awarded if a full schedule is played OR
A consensus can be reached by the conference schools in that division.
All-conference teams will be selected as done in previous years.
JV and MS Games, Meets, and Matches
Sub Varsity level events will continue to be scheduled by each school.
Competitions may be developed to play nearby schools rather than a strict conference division schedule.
School passes will be issued to the immediate family of each athlete. Only those with passes will be allowed into a facility.
A maximum of 6 tickets will be issued per student.
Passes are not transferable.
Pass holders will not be charged admission this fall of 2020.
Depending upon current conditions at the time of an event, and guidelines/regulations issued by county and state health departments, this policy could/will change.
Live Streaming of conference games is recommended to involve spectators that are not allowed to attend events.
Health & Safety/Building Procedure August 17, 2020
General Precautions and Procedures:
Students, families, and staff are asked to self-monitor themselves for symptoms associated with COVID-19 and to report any concerning symptoms to the school.
Those exhibiting symptoms must stay home and follow guidelines for reporting absences.
Students and staff exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 at school will be required to report to the office to have their temperature checked.
Those exhibiting a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be sent home and not allowed to return until county health guidelines are met for return.
Students and staff exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 but not exhibiting a temperature may be sent home at the discretion of the district.
Drinking fountains will be disabled. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to fill at our fill stations.
To the greatest extent possible, social distancing of six feet or more will be attempted.
In instances which social distancing of six feet is not possible, social distancing will be practiced to the greatest extent possible.
Regular hand washing will be encouraged for all students and staff. We will provide opportunities throughout the day.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
Do not share personal items or materials.
School day and after hours facility use will be limited to activities specifically designed by the school to meet educational goals. No outside organizations or groups will be allowing time or space at this time.
We will limit visitors to the building. Visitors will be restricted only to the front office. Any visitor must sign in and out.
Volunteer programs will be suspended.
All deliveries will be checked in through the front office. Any visitor must sign in and out.
Locker rooms will be closed.
Parent drop off, walkers, and bike riders will only enter the building through the main office doors. Bus riders will be dropped off and enter the building through the South elementary doors.
School buildings will remain locked at the end of the day.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Such as: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.
Signage has been added around the school to remind and encourage COVID responsive practices.
Student Breakfast and Lunch Guidelines August 12, 2020
All Foodservice Staff will complete a COVID screening self-assessment prior to working.
We will clean and disinfect frequently used items and surfaces in a timely manner throughout the day.
Hand washing or use of sanitizer will be frequent and will follow Chippewa County Health Department guidelines.
All Foodservice Staff will wear face coverings/shields while plating up each students trays.
During Meal Times
To maintain a safe and clean environment during our meal times we are taking the following precautions:
Breakfast will be served in the classrooms for grades PK-5 when they arrive at school. Grades 6-12 will continue with their mid-morning breakfast to be served in their classrooms. All breakfasts will be a Grab and Go style breakfast. We will continue to follow the Wisconsin DPI Nutritional Guidelines.
Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria. We will stagger schedules to the greatest extent possible to reduce the capacity and increase social distancing in the cafeteria.
Prior to entering the cafeteria, students will either have to wash hands or use the hand sanitizer located by the double doors.
Student trays will be plated for them at lunch with Wisconsin DPI Nutrition Guidelines required items and items of their choosing. Once trays are filled, they will be handed to the student to take to their assigned table.
Staff will enter student lunch ID numbers.
Any snacks for sharing that are brought to school must be individually prepackaged and may not be shared after being opened.
We will be maintaining the 6 ft. social distancing guidelines to the fullest extent possible. We have created barriers at the lunch tables to help with this.
As soon as the students leave their table the kitchen staff will wash and sanitize the area.
Face Coverings August 10,2020
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has called on Americans to wear face coverings. According to the CDC director, face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus.
Governor Evers signed an emergency order on July 30, 2020 requiring face coverings. This order is currently in place until September 30, 2020. Regardless, face coverings will be required in the Lake Holcombe School District until further notice.
Any individual age five and older shall wear a face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space. Face coverings are recommended for younger students as well.
Face coverings are strongly recommended in all other settings including outdoors when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
We are asking for everyone’s cooperation with this new procedure/requirement.
A copy of Governor Evers Order is located here
Our staff will be good “face covering” role models for our students and will Educate and Encourage our students.
Face coverings will be required on the school buses. (Students and Drivers)
Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings in all settings when physical distancing is not possible.
Visitors to the Lake Holcombe School will be required to wear face coverings.
Face shields may be used in settings where appropriate. (i.e. Foodservice, Speech and Language)
It is recommended that every student/staff member acquire at least 6 face coverings to ensure that they are able to be used on a rotational basis. Please ensure that your face covering is cleaned frequently.
The school district will have some face coverings available for those who are in need or may forget to bring their face covering to school.
Chippewa County Public Health has ensured us that they will assist with compliance in regard to face covering use. Corrective action will be monitored by school administration and Chippewa County Public Health. Our goal is 100% compliance.
We certainly thank you in advance for your cooperation as we continue to move forward with the Re-Opening of Schools.
Student Transportation August 7, 2020
As one can imagine, ensuring students remain physically distanced on school buses is a significant challenge. We encourage parents and guardians to transport their students to and from school, when possible. Routes will be monitored and adjusted to allow for balancing the number of students on the bus when possible. Changes to riding status/pick-up or drop off location MUST be communicated well in advance. Please call the school office to arrange for changes in riding status at 715-595-4241. We will not authorize changes for purposes of social functions among students.
Prior to Transport
It is recommended that all students have their temperature taken prior to leaving their home every school day, any student with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees cannot ride the bus.
If a student is ill. Please keep them home.
Drivers will verbally/visually screen students as they enter the bus. If a student is exhibiting symptoms of illness; the driver will have the student do a temperature scan.
If a student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher the driver will need to get into contact with the parent/guardian to remove the student from the bus.
On the Bus
To the degree possible, all students will be required to sit one to a seat or as family units, as long as there are enough seats to do so. Students will have assigned seats.
All students should socially distance whenever possible while waiting at the bus stop and on the bus.
Hand sanitizer will also be available on all buses.
All Students will be required to follow all state and county recommendations regarding PPE (Personal Protection Equipment, i.e. face coverings), unless otherwise exempt and/or there is any safety concern(s).
Drivers will be required to follow all state and federal recommendations regarding PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), unless otherwise exempt and/or there is any safety concern(s).
No eating or drinking on the bus. Keep your personal items to yourself.
We need all students to be cooperative and exhibit the proper behavior on our buses at all times.
When the Bus Arrives at School
Buses will unload one at a time.
Please exit the bus in an orderly fashion.
Buses will drop students off and all students will enter the building using the South/Elementary playground doors.
Students should socially distance and report directly to their homeroom/first hour class.
At the End of the Day
Bus riders will be dismissed in an orderly/scheduled fashion.
Report directly to your bus and sit in you assigned seat.
We are working closely with our transportation provider, Gilbertson Transit, LLC, to ensure all buses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after every route.
July 20, 2020 Board Approved 7-20-20
Reopening Schools: Information & Updates
As the Lake Holcombe School District plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we are committed to keeping our families, staff, students, and community members informed. While there are still many uncertainties regarding what the upcoming school year will look like, we are hard at work to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience. Teams of educators have been meeting this summer to develop plans for re-opening.
In this document you will find information on potential school schedule changes, cleaning protocols in our buildings, health and safety measures, meal service procedures, and how we plan to provide students with access to technology and transportation. It also includes information on athletics, extra-curricular activities and building use.
The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 is evolving with time. We will regularly update this document as our plans continue to take shape. This document is the big picture for the re-opening of schools. A series of program specific memorandums will be shared weekly in the month of August. We encourage you to keep checking back for the latest information on our COVID webpage at www.lakeholcombe.k12.wi.us or on our Facebook page.
We know that the question at the top of our families’ minds is whether students will return to the classroom for in-person instruction at the start of the upcoming school year. Although we do not have a firm answer to that question, we are currently planning for multiple scenarios:
Scenario #1: We are able to welcome back all students into our buildings and resume a mostly normal school day schedule. This would involve enhanced cleaning protocols, a degree of physical distancing among students, adjustments to how students enter and exit buildings, and changes to how we manage transitions between classrooms throughout the day.
Scenario #2: Students would spend part of their week in the school building. We are working on several scenarios in which we would have part of the student body in the building each day and/or an altered school week where students spend some time in the building and some time online.
Scenario #3: It remains possible that we may need to begin the 2020-21 school year with students engaged in all-remote learning, similar to the final few months of the previous school year. If this is the case, all remote learning would be required. Attendance, grades, assessments, and daily work would all be tracked.
HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES
In anticipation of having students and staff back in our school buildings, the district will implement a variety of health and safety measures. These include the following:
All students and staff will have their temperatures taken as they enter our school buildings each day. Students who are riding the bus will have their temperatures taken as they board the bus. Any individuals determined to have a fever will be sent home immediately.
Students and staff will be regularly reminded about the importance of education of proper handwashing. Teachers may allow for more breaks to give students the opportunity to wash their hands, either at a classroom sink or in a restroom.
In addition, we will place no-touch hand sanitizer units throughout our buildings. Students and staff will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly.
Masks and PPE
Although we will not require students to wear masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) while in school, these items are strongly encouraged. We are committed to fostering a respectful environment in which there are no stigmas associated with wearing masks. We are continuing to assess the need to wear masks and at some point may make this a requirement. It is likely that staff will be required to wear masks.
Transitions Between Classes
To help avoid situations in which large groups of students are gathered in one place, we will adjust the way students move between classrooms and other spaces in our schools.
In our elementary schools students will for the most part remain in their classrooms all day.
In our middle schools, students for the most part will remain in their classrooms all day.
In our high school, we will adjust schedules to reduce the number of transitions to the greatest extent possible.
Drinking fountains have been disabled. Instead, we recommend that all students bring water bottles to school so that they can refill them at a fill station or sink. Students should not share water bottles with others.
To protect students’ safety and provide for more orderly temperature taking, all students will enter and exit each building at designated doors. Family members should not leave their vehicles when picking up or dropping off students. Upon entering the school building, students will report directly to their classroom.
Below are the designated doors at each school building:
Main doors on East side for staff, student drivers, walkers, and bike riders.
South Elementary playground doors for bus riders. Buses will drop students off on the south side of the elementary.
CLEANING & DISINFECTING
Our custodial staff will significantly increase the wiping down and disinfecting of public spaces and high-touch surfaces across our buildings and throughout the school day. We will also provide greater access to cleaning materials for our teachers and staff so that they can clean and disinfect spaces, as needed.
Each evening, our custodial team will conduct a thorough cleaning of our spaces, again disinfecting high-touch surfaces like sinks, drinking fountains, door handles, tables, and desks.
The district will provide meals to children on a daily basis.
In-School Cafeteria Procedures
To avoid situations in which students are gathered in groups, we will adjust our typical breakfast and lunch room service schedule in each of our schools. Breakfast will be served in the classroom to all students via a grab and go style breakfast. PK-5 will have breakfast right away in the morning. Grades 6-12 during their mid-morning breakfast break as we did during the 2019-20 school year. At this point we plan to serve lunch in the cafeteria. More tables will be added and students will be social distanced. Foodservice staff will plate and serve all food.
Due to the likelihood that all students will need to engage in remote or online learning at some point in the school year, the district will provide technological devices for all students. Hotspots are available for checkout as well. Wi-Fi access is also available in the school parking lot. We are bolstering our technological devices this summer. All new curriculum purchases that we have made come with a digital platform for enhanced teaching and learning.
The following devices will be available for students.
ATHLETICS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
At this time, we plan to offer athletics and extracurricular activities in the fall semester. However, activities, practices, and schedules may need to be modified to ensure students remain physically distanced and can maintain proper hygiene. Each activity will look a little different, and coaches and advisors will be able to provide you and your students with more information.
It remains possible that some or all of our athletic seasons may be restricted, shortened or cancelled. This will depend largely on decisions made by the WIAA and the Lakeland Conference. These decisions are also subject to change during the season depending on the status of COVID-19 in our state and region.
BUSING & TRANSPORTATION
As one can imagine, ensuring students remain physically distanced on school buses is a significant challenge. To the degree possible, all students will be required to sit one to a seat or as family units, as long as there are enough seats to do so.
All students will have their temperatures taken as they board the bus. They will be sent home immediately if they are determined to have a fever.
Students will load the bus from back to front and sit in family groups when possible.
Although masks or cloth face coverings will not be required on buses, they are strongly encouraged. We ask our families to consider having their students wear masks on the bus when traveling to and from school. Hand sanitizer will also be available on all buses.
Finally, we are working closely with our contracted transportation provider, Gilbertson Transportation to ensure all buses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
We will continue to monitor and receive guidance from the Department of Public Instruction, Department of Health Services, WIAA, and Chippewa County Public Health.
The following are some guidelines and protocol we will follow as we continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and re-open phases of school operations.
Anyone feeling ill or showing symptoms of illness are asked to stay home and not return for 72 hours. If you are having any symptoms of COVID19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, or new or unusual: loss of taste or smell, headaches, muscle pain, fatigue) you will need to obtain a COVID19 test from your healthcare provider. If positive, you may not return until public health states you are no longer able to spread the illness.
Individuals with symptoms must be fever free for 72 hours and 10 days passed since the first symptom appeared, before returning to the building.
Social distance as much as possible.
Athletes participating in contact events will be asked to fill out a form before their first work out. Temperature screening will take place prior to each contact event.
Signage will be added in the building.
Staff will be allowed into the building for school related duties.
Current Summer Guidance: Indoor capacity limits are recommended to 15 indoor in one space or less and 50 outdoors in one space or less-per Chippewa County Public Health.
The school will only be open to school related activities and closed for non-school related activities.
Students and staff will be asked to bring their own water bottles.
Locker rooms will not be available.
Students will not be allowed to congregate in an area.
Limit the use of shared equipment as much as possible.
Outdoor facility areas may be used with a maximum of 50 participants at a time.
Social distancing is encouraged for all outside groups.
Coaches will be in charge of disinfecting all equipment used.
Coaches will take attendance at any gathering.
Facemasks are highly recommended.
Sanitizing stations are available and additional stations are installed throughout the building.
Drinking fountains will be disabled with additional bottle filler stations installed.
The plan is subject to change by the administration based on orders from DHS or further orders/guidance from Chippewa County Health Department.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work through this difficult situation together.
The yellow school bus is a symbol of safety – now more than ever.
Kurt Lindau, Superintendent
Mark Porter, Principal
Todd Senoraske, Director of Athletics & Activities
Amy Linskey,Food Service Director
Tom Hayden Director of Facilities