Friday, April 17, 2020
Dear Oak Creek-Franklin Families,
Yesterday afternoon Governor Evers extended the Safer at Home order from April 24 to May 26, or until a superseding order is issued. The order states that public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year as part of the state's efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
This means we will not be returning to our school classrooms this school year. We had been holding out hope that conditions would improve and the Governor would allow us to return...that we could again learn together face-to-face...but it is not to be. We will continue working to resolve numerous questions related to a variety of recognitions, programs, and events (from locker clean-out to graduation); more communication on these subjects will be forthcoming from District departments and school leaders.
With the recent announcement, we will continue, as we planned, for virtual learning to continue through the end of the school year. Our meal program will also continue.
We are going to continue working as hard as we can to bridge the gap between now and when our students are able to return to classrooms. We do not want to create additional stress and worry for our students and their families in these challenging times. Like everything else related to this public health crisis, we will remain flexible, work to maintain student engagement, provide opportunities for learning, and ensure our students feel valued and are experiencing success.
If you need anything, please contact your teacher or your principal, and please know that we all could not be more appreciative of your continued support as we build and refine our virtual learning program while implementing it at the same time.
Additionally, the Oak Creek Health Department has continued to stress that social distancing is crucial to preventing the spread of COVID-19; the Oak Creek Department of Public Works has posted signs on our playgrounds--given the Governor's Safer at Home Order--please avoid all school playgrounds and athletic facilities.
Student Chromebook/device support or repair service remains available at the District Office Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, and will be as long as there are school personnel available. Students and families can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-768-6149 with any questions regarding their device.
Daniel Unertl, J.D.
Superintendent, Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District