The Hamilton School District understands how challenging school closures are for everyone. We are doing our very best to make sure the needs of all students and staff are met. With the announcement by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers that schools will be closed indefinitely, a virtual learning plan will be in place for the duration of the public health emergency. Be assured, however, that we will work collaboratively with families to ensure expectations are meaningful and manageable.
We are committed to providing meals for all students who need them for as long as schools are closed during the evolving coronavirus situation. Because many Hamilton School District families rely on school lunches for their children, a five-day supply of bagged lunches will be available for all district-enrolled students to purchase on Mondays from 9 - 11 a.m. during the closure.
Lunch pick-up will not be available the week of spring break which begins on March 23, but pick-up will be available again starting March 30. Please pull up to the cafeteria doors and remain inside your vehicle. Lunch service staff will ask for your name and the student's PIN. They will place the bag lunches in your trunk. Normal meal prices apply and will be charged to students’ accounts as follows:
- - $2.60 each for grades K-6;
- - $2.95 each for grades 7-12;
- - 40 cents each for students who receive reduced price lunches; and
- - free for students eligible for free lunches.
Families may apply for free and reduced-price meal at any time through Infinite Campus. From the parent portal, go to FORMS and then MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION. More information about free and reduced lunches is on the pre-application letter for meal benefits.
Community members have expressed concern about families going hungry during school closings. If you know of families in need during the closure encourage them to apply for free and reduced lunches.
In addition to lunch pick-up through the school district, Sussex Outreach Services provides food through its food pantry including weekly pre-boxed food for pick up and weekday to-go breakfasts and reheatable lunches.
Those wishing to donate or help others in the community should contact Jenny at Sussex Outreach Services at (262) 347-3563. SOS has a need for food and financial donations as well as volunteers to shop for items.
- State Forward exam requirements will be waived
- Advanced Placement (AP) exams modified
- Develop secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.
- Focus exam content on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
- Allow students to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet or smartphone – and will be able to write responses by hand and submit a photo.
- Work with students who need access to mobile tools or connectively (reach them directly)
- ACT, ASPIRE exams
- called off in-person classes the week of March 16;
- monitored student absences to identify illness trends;
- maintained close communication with the Waukesha County Health Department to report trends and follow its guidance and recommendations;
- used effective hospital-grade cleaning supplies and equipment (including ultraviolet lamps) to reduce the spread of germs, paying special attention to disinfecting commonly touched objects and surfaces during this flu season;
- reminded students about hand-washing and other healthy habits;
- provided additional hand sanitizers to staff and in computer labs, classrooms and other key areas; and
- ensured that people who had flu symptoms were sent home.
- The National Association of School Psychologists provides resources for talking to children.
- This Brainpop video may be helpful in explaining the virus to children.
- This Jim Henson video explains how germs are spread in a child-friendly way.
- The CDC offers suggestions on talking with children about COVID-19.
- Coronavirus – A large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.
- COVID-19 – Abbreviation for the coronavirus disease 2019, a disease caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
- Social Distancing – Measures intended to limit the movement of people to interrupt the transmission of infectious, contagious diseases.
- Isolation – Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Quarantine – Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
- Community Spread – When people have been infected with the virus in an area and some are not sure how or where they became infected.
- Epidemic – Affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time.
- Pandemic – Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.
- Presumptive Positive - Individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus.that causes COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.