(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Unified School District says all schools will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18th and anticipate reopening Monday, April 6th in accordance to the statewide order mandated by Governor Tony Evers. District officials say schools will be open on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. Read the full press release from the district:
In accordance with the statewide order, all schools in Wisconsin will be closed Wednesday, March 18th, with an anticipated reopening on Monday, April 6th. The date of the reopening is subject to change and could very well be extended. Beaver Dam Unified School District schools will be open on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. In partnership with our district food service provider, we are planning to provide meals for students during as many of the closure dates as possible. More details to follow in the coming days. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the State Department of Health Services recommend the cancellation of all events involving more than 250 people. In order to reduce the concentration of large groups of people coming together at one time, the Beaver Dam Unified School District has made a number of changes. These include, but are not limited to the following: Effective Saturday, March 14th, all buildings in the Beaver Dam Unified School District will be closed to visitors. In addition, we are making adjustments to reduce the amount of student interaction as necessary for the two days students will be in school next week. This includes temporary modifications to lunch schedules and previously scheduled assemblies or gatherings. It is important to remember that public health officials continue to recommend that the best approach to addressing COVID-19 is to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of respiratory disease, which includes influenza and COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the annual influenza vaccination for everyone six months and older. Other actions include:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Help your students to wash their hands well.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. District guidelines require students and staff to stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without any medication.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases,including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. Our facilities will continue to be disinfected on a regular basis following CDC guidelines. Classroom teachers have been encouraged to promote regular classroom handwashing and have commonlyshared items disinfected. Our students are paying attention to this situation and in order to reduce their anxiety, we have established some suggestions for our parents to use in talking with their children on our websitewww.bdusd.org. Please help us educate our students by working with them on proper germ prevention techniques and refer back to the website for up-to-date detailed information.
Superintendent DiStefano states: ”I want to extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation to our entire Beaver Dam Family for their patience and support. These are historically unique times and as we work through this ever-evolving situation, their continued support, along with a positive attitude will prove essential for our students, staff, families, and community as a whole.”
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding for this continuously evolving situation. We are receiving new information, recommendations, insights, and guidance on a regular basis. We will continue to keep our staff, students, families, community, and the media informed as it continues to unfold. The most up to date information will be shared as it becomes available.