FAQs: My child is considered a close contact – Now what?

General quarantine questions

Once my child has completed the required quarantine period, do I need to provide a note when returning to school?

  • If you are in quarantine as determined by the Waukesha County Health Department, a case worker will be in touch with you to provide you with a date that you are allowed to resume normal activities.

Can you tell me who the person was that tested positive?

  • Due to privacy laws, the school district is unable to share that information with families.

Does my child have to have a COVID test to return to school?

  • No, a COVID test is not necessary to return to school.
  • The Waukesha County Health Department recommends that you have your child tested approximately 5 days after they have been identified as a close contact even if your child does not have symptoms.

If my children receive negative COVID test results during their quarantine, can they return to school?

  • Testing does not remove an individual from quarantine.  The full 14-day quarantine period must be completed before returning to in-person learning/school related activities.

Can my other children still attend school if one family member is identified as a close contact/self-quarantine from the health department?

  • Yes, as long as they are not showing any signs of illness.
    • If the siblings are showing signs of illness, they should stay home.
    • If the close contact develops symptoms or has a positive COVID test, then siblings would need to stay home.

Accessing Emergency Remote Learning

The Hamilton School District is committed to supporting learners moving in and out of the classroom due to extended illness (two or more days) or quarantine in a consistent way across the district so that learning is not interrupted. If your children are absent from school due to extended illness or a need to quarantine, they will have the opportunity to stay connected to his/her learning via Daily Learning Expectations. These Daily Learning Expectations will include the taped mini lessons for the day along with assignments that support the lesson learning goals. Please note that daily learning tasks from the day of absence will not be posted until the following morning (Example: Monday’s lessons will be posted Tuesday morning).

Our goal is to provide your children with access to key lesson components and allow for concept practice. By viewing the recorded mini lessons and completing the learning tasks contained in the Daily Learning Expectations, your children will be ready to re-enter their classroom inline with their peers.

How does my child access emergency remote learning? 

Willow Springs:

  • Families will access daily learning tasks and directions through the Seesaw Family App.
  • Students will complete work via the Seesaw Class App. Please download the class app if you have not done so already. You will receive a home learning code from your child’s teacher to access the student journal.

Elementary schools

  • Families will access daily learning tasks and directions through the Seesaw Family App.
  • Students can also access daily learning tasks via the Seesaw Class App. Please download the class app if you have not done so already. Students will log into the Seesaw Class app and other apps using their Clever badge or login at clever.com.
  • Students will complete work via the Seesaw Class App or Google Classroom.

Silver Spring Intermediate

  • Families will access daily learning tasks and directions through the Seesaw Family App.
  • Students can also access daily learning tasks via the Seesaw Class App. Students will log in to the Seesaw Class app and other apps using their Clever login at clever.com.
  • Students will complete work via the Seesaw Class App or Google Classroom.

Templeton Middle

  • All teachers are uploading lessons and posting their daily work on their website. Students can log onto the teachers’ websites through google classroom. Families can go to our school web page, on the right hand side of the page under the heading “Find it Fast”, click on classroom websites, click on the teacher’s name/house, then click on daily learning tasks. All lessons, daily learning tasks, and work can be found here.

Hamilton High

  • All teachers are uploading lessons and posting their daily work on their website. Please use this link to reach the website that houses all teacher website addresses.

Attendance

Students will be assigned to Emergency Remote Learning by their school for the duration of their quarantine period.

Do I need to call the attendance office?

  • Only call the school attendance office if your child is unable to complete school work on that day. Students who are able to participate in learning activities for the day do not need to be called in.

Will my child be marked absent?

  • If students are completing work, they will not be marked absent.

How is attendance taken?

  • Students in grades 4K-6 – attendance will be completed by the teacher based on their participation. Students do not need to check themselves in.
  • Students in grades 7-12 – those engaging in Emergency Remote Learning will be responsible for checking themselves into their classes through Infinite Campus. Check-in may be completed after 5 a.m. Virtual learning teachers have the ability to override attendance check-ins if they do not see participation or engagement from students.Checking in once daily will mark students as “present” for the entire day of Emergency Remote Learning. Students do not need to check in to each individual class. Virtual learning teachers have the ability to override attendance check-ins if they do not see participation or engagement from students.

How does a student check-in for attendance during the school day?

  • Students should follow these steps to complete their daily check-in:
    • Go to the Infinite Campus icon in upper right hand corner
    • Log in with your username and password
    • Click TODAY >CHECK INS >ATTENDANCE

Attendance emails

If you have any questions regarding attendance or need to report specific absences, please use your respective school office attendance emails:

Special education

My children are in special education, do they still receive accommodations?

  • At the beginning of the year, the special education teacher and the family communicated to finalize the “Special Education Instructional Plan for COVID” for each of the student’s annual goals. Within the plan, accommodations were covered and reviewed, along with what specially designed instruction looks like for the student.
  • Sample Form Hamilton School District Special Education Student Instructional Plan for COVID
  • If your child receives special education transportation through their IEP, please contact Special Services at (262) 246-1973 x1119

Student locker contents

How will my children access items from their locker for use during quarantine?

Important: Only someone who is NOT in quarantine may pick up materials.

  • Willow Springs – Materials will be placed in our outside drop box after arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher.
  • Elementary schools – Materials needed for remote learning may be picked up in the office between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Materials may also be placed on a cart outside the front doors of the school during normal school hours.
  • Silver Spring Intermediate – Items can be picked up between 3:30-4:30 p.m. during the week.
  • Templeton Middle – Items can be picked up from 3-5 p.m. during the week.
  • Hamilton High – Lockers can be accessed from 3-5 p.m. during the week. With advanced notice, materials may also be collected by a high school staff member and placed on a cart in the vestibule of the school during normal school hours.