Update on School Status During the Pandemic

posted May, 2020

Hello South Shore School District Residents:

Here is an update regarding our situation at South Shore in light of the ongoing pandemic.  Wisconsin school buildings are still to remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year. The Wisconsin Governor has issued a “Safer at Home” order that extends up to May 26, 2020. This order was recently overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. However, the order closing school buildings through June 30, 2020, was not altered. Therefore, as far as we know, we will continue with our online/alternative schooling for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
As of this printing, no physical summer school will be offered in 2020. We will be offering a few sectionals of virtual summer school (driver education, writing club, book club). Details will be sent to the students regarding dates/times, etc.
Graduation ceremonies are set for Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 1:00 PM. This will be a ceremony allowed by DPI at that date (face-to-face, or drive in/through, depending on what is allowed).
Hopefully we will be able to have the building open for students this fall, beginning September 1, 2020. However, we have received no word that this is allowed as of yet. We will keep you updated each month in the newsletter regarding this possibility. I am hearing different viewpoints from experts on an almost daily basis and the only thing I have determined from this is that no one really knows what is going to happen.
It is my hope that all residents are well and coping with this strange situation that we are all in.  I wish you all the best. Also, new guidelines for schools might be issued soon (probably before this document is received in your mailboxes), so things may change.

Sincerely;
Clendon Gustafson, District Administrator

Thanks!!
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posted 4/16/2020

Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 4:16 PM
Subject: Governor Evers Extends Safer at Home Order
To:

Dear District Administrator,

This afternoon, Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm extended the current Safer at Home Order under Order #28.  This order does not change the provisions you have been operating under.  The order goes into effect on April 24 and will remain in effect until 8:00 a.m. on May 26, 2020.  Governor Tony Evers’ office also provided a question and answer document accompanying the order (see attached).

So while the Safer at Home Order continues to keep buildings closed, it does not close school operations. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) encourages you to continue what you have been doing to provide continuity of learning and school meals.  Please see the statement from State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor below.

“The closure of school buildings does not mean the end of services to children. The Department of Public Instruction remains committed to supporting schools and districts as they continue to care for their students, advance continuity of learning, provide meals for students, plan for the remainder of the year, and begin to plan for summer school opportunities and next fall due to COVID-19.”

Please refer to the DPI’s COVID-19 web page for current information and resources and email COVID-19questions@dpi.wi.gov with COVID-19 questions.

 

Sincerely.

MIke Thompson, PhD

Deputy State Superintendent

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posted 4/14/2020

MEAL DELIVERY
INFORMATION DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

  • School meal service is has begun. Meals will be bagged cold.
  • Lunch and Breakfast for the following day will be provided each day..
  • Meals will be delivered to your bus stop spot.
  • Buses will be leaving the school at 1100 am
  • Please be flexible with our delivery times.
  • Please have an open container for your meal bag to be dropped into, so we can protect our employees. (open cooler, box, basket)
  • When you are picking up your meals please do not get too close to the bus or people on it to maintain our social distancing.
  • Pending the length of the closure, please be reminded there will be no meal service on dates that school was originally planned to be closed on the school calendar.
    April 24 and May 25
  • Meals can also be provided for siblings under 18 in the household if they have a student attending South Shore School

You need to sign up for this service every week.

You need to Sign-Up by NOON Wednesday of the prior week

Email: fooddrop@sshore.org

OR

Phone: 715-774-3500 x625

​Be sure to tell us your students name(s) , name of sibling (s) in the email, along with the name of the bus driver that services your route. Please indicate what days you wish meals delivered. Sign-UP online  is recommended.

 

posted 4/6/2020

School Meals During this School Closure Period

Parents/Guardians of South Shore students are probably aware that the South Shore School District is providing meals (breakfast and lunch) to those students in the district who want to have them, and that the district is delivering meals to the bus stops in the district to make it easier for students to get the meals.  The district is able to do this through a program that the Wisconsin DPI is sponsoring, called Seamless Summer Options (a special version of this because of the pandemic school closure). This option allows the district to provide meals for all students in the household who are 18 years of age or younger. This is a great opportunity if you have younger children who are not of school age in your home. If you are interested, the school will provide breakfast and lunch for them as well. The only requirement is that you have at least one child in your household attending South Shore. Please let the district office know if that situation applies to you. You may call 715 774 3500 ext 610 and leave a message or email gustafson@sshore.k12.wi.us and let us know that way. Once you get approved, you need to sign up each week for meals (or for the duration) through the fooddrop@sshore.org or call and leave a voicemail message at 715 774 3500 ext 625. In the email/phone message you should indicate the names of the student(s), names of the other siblings living in the house, bus driver name, and which days you would like meals for the students and siblings. It is hoped that families will take advantage of this.

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posted 4/4/2020

PARENT INFORMATIONAL ONLINE MEETING

On 4/7/20,Tuesday,from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM South Shore administrator, Clendon Gustafson, will have a Q&A/feedback session for any parent/guardian via Zoom(internet) or Telephone.

Parents can regi ster for Zoom by going to zoom.us once they are registered, they simply click on the link BELOW that I gave on the Remind.com message that I sent and it will connect them.

If parents don't want to register for Zoom, but want to listen in on the Zoom meeting, they can simply dial this phone number-312-626-6799 and they can listen in (This is NOT a TOLL FREE call).

Zoom Meeting
Join:  https://zoom.us/j/319196053?pwd=NnNHcy85OVdHb1ljS1NUU2M0YVhmZz09

ID: 319 196 053

Password: 205398

OR
Phone in: 312 626 6799 not toll free

https://zoom.us/signin

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posted 3/31/2020

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Parents/Students/Guardians/Staff:
As you probably already know, Governor Evers has extended the school closings in Wisconsin to “indefinite”, as opposed to through April 5, 2020. This means that none of us really know when the physical building will be open again for students to attend as they had in the past. Please be assured that our online/alternative services will continue. I am receiving good reports on the efforts of everyone (students, staff, parents, guardians, etc.) during this process of changing our delivery of education to an online/alternative format.  We will get through this together (or actually, now that I think about it - apart).
We will relay information about our schooling status once we get information from the county, state, and national governments. In the meantime, I wish you all the best!

Sincerely;
Clendon Gustafson
Superintendent

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posted 3/25/2020

MEAL DELIVERY ANNOUNCEMENT
INFORMATION DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

  • School meal service is planned has begun. Meals will be bagged cold.
  • Lunch and Breakfast for the following day will be provided each day..
  • Meals will be delivered to your bus stop spot.
  • Buses will be leaving the school at 1100 am
  • Please be flexible with our delivery times.
  • Please have an open container for your meal bag to be dropped into, so we can protect our employees. (open cooler, box, basket)
  • When you are picking up your meals please do not get too close to the bus or people on it to maintain our social distancing.
  • Pending the length of the closure, please be reminded there will be no meal service on dates that school was originally planned to be closed on the school calendar.
    April 10-13, April 24 and May 25

You need to sign up for this service every week. You need to Sign-Up by NOON Wednesday of the prior week

Email: fooddrop@sshore.org

OR

Phone: 715-774-3500 x625

​Be sure to tell us your students name(s) in the email, along with the name of the bus driver that services your route. Please indicate what days you will need it.

Sign-UP online  is recommended.