Communication - COVID-19

OASD Letters to Families

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  • COVID-19 Update 03.23.20 (1:30 p.m.) - OASD Playgrounds Closed
    • UPDATE 04.02.20 (2:30 p.m.) - The Sheldon Nature Area is also closed to the public and all access is prohibited. The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is striving to act in the best interest of the entire community and follow proper social distancing guidelines. The District firmly believes that proactive efforts can go a long way and is committed to doing its part to help slow and even stop the spread of COVID-19.

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OASD Updates

Posted March 12, 2020 @ 9:25 a.m.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is constantly evolving and changing. We understand there is uncertainty involved in this situation and we are monitoring and evaluating daily. We will continue to update families with new information, CDC Factsheets, or guidance as it is made available through our website, social media, and/or letters to parents or guardians.

For the most up to date COVID-19 information, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 webpage (www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm) and the CDC’s COVID-19 webpage (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). 

How the Oshkosh Area School District is preparing:

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will always act with an abundance of caution to protect the health and wellbeing of students, staff, and entire school communities. The District is carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in the United States and will continue to monitor and re-evaluate our recommendations as additional guidance from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) becomes available.

The OASD has been proactive in its planning. District leadership has met to discuss our
school district preparedness plan, and our District is ready to respond to increased illness in our schools should it occur. If we have a situation of significantly increased illness, or if there were local cases of COVID-19, we will work closely with the Winnebago County Health Department and will follow and adhere to their directions. We continue to be in regular communication with them to ensure we have the latest guidance and information.

The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising that schools, businesses, and families across the country prepare for the potential spread of COVID-19 in the United States and we want you to know that we’re working on specific plans in response to Coronavirus. These plans would cover two scenarios if the disease spreads to our community:

  • Schools remain open while we take health precautions directed by federal, state, and local health officials.
  • Schools close (NOTE: If OASD schools close for an extended period of time a plan is being finalized so that students can continue learning and critical operations continue.)

The safety of our students, staff, and families is always our top priority when making decisions. The District is working closely with the Winnebago Health Department in monitoring Coronavirus, as we always do for all communicable diseases. 

The risk for Coronavirus remains low for Wisconsin residents at this time. We are monitoring the CDC’s real-time updates on the status and we will follow all State and CDC guidelines if there are any Coronavirus cases within our community. 

How families can reduce and prevent the spread of illnesses:

While much attention has been paid to COVID-19, seasonal influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses are common in Wisconsin at this time of year. We encourage you to talk to your child(ren) about ways to stay healthy. Please take a moment to review the following CDC resources and guidelines. 

How to talk with children about COVID-19: 

Concern over COVID-19 can make children anxious and it is important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. Additionally, teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. LEARN MORE: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (coronavirus) A Parent Guide (National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses)

Again, additional information will be shared with OASD families as/if needed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Matt Kaemmerer, OASD Director of Pupil Services at 920.424.0113 or matthew.kaemmerer@oshkosh.k12.wi.us. 
 


Posted March 2, 2020

In the Oshkosh Area School District the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. This webpage has been created to help share information with OASD families related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This webpage will be updated as more information about COVID-19 in the United States becomes known, and as resources and other information is made available.

With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications. 

At this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Winnebago County Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no recommendation to close entire school districts in the United States.

We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. Please know that it is not recommended that students wear face masks to school. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General has warned against the use of face masks by healthy individuals, stating that they are NOT effective in preventing the general public from contracting COVID-19; the most important thing everyone can do is wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, and observe very precise hygiene. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, e.g. door handles or light switches.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Matt Kaemmerer, OASD Director of Pupil Services at 920.424.0113 or matthew.kaemmerer@oshkosh.k12.wi.us.