Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!
Last Updated 9/28/2021
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is quarantined due to sickness or close contact, your child’s principal and classroom teacher(s) will work together with you to assist your student in accessing instruction remotely during school days they cannot be physically present. Please contact your school principal immediately if your child will be out of school for a period of time due to the reasons outlined above.
COVID-19 Testing Accessible for Families through DHS Program
Earlier this summer, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced a federally funded COVID-19 testing program available for interested Wisconsin schools this school year. OCFSD has opted into this COVID testing program so we can help provide families with easier access to a COVID-19 test if their child or children are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. By providing easy access to COVID-19 testing in our schools, we can identify cases early, prevent spread and help avoid outbreaks. Having this option available to interested families also helps to ensure all students, teachers and staff have access to testing.
Off-Site COVID-19 Testing
Students/staff identified as close contacts and symptomatic students/staff can also access COVID-19 testing services through a mobile testing unit provided for through the DHS COVID-19 Testing in Schools Program.
A mobile COVID-19 testing unit will be available to students, staff, and OCFSD families from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday in the parking lot of the OCFSD District Office (7630 South 10th St.).
Parents/Guardians must complete a one-time consent form for testing at the mobile site along with other required registration information.
Parents/Guardians will receive test results electronically via email. The Department of Health Services has created a digital system, COVID Connect, to register students and families for testing. This electronic system will automatically email results to the email address provided at the time of testing
For more information regarding these COVID-19 testing options, please contact Assistant Superintendent Bridget Kotarak at (414) 768-6150.
Frequently Asked Questions for Families
We know the start of a new school year can be overwhelming, especially during a global pandemic. To make it a little easier to find the answers to your questions we have developed a Frequently Asked Questions For Families document which you can find below. This document will be updated as the school year progresses and if circumstances change so we encourage you to check back frequently for the most current information.
We appreciate your continued support as we work every day to provide successful and healthy learning environments our students deserve. We can’t wait to see our students soon.
- Is the District currently requiring employees and students (who are eligible) to get vaccinated?
- Is the District currently requiring employees or students to proactively share vaccination status?
- Does my child’s teacher have to share their vaccination status?
- Will masks need to be worn by staff, students and visitors?
- Are masks required on school busses?
- What forms of PPE will be provided to students and staff from the school district for this upcoming year?
- Can individual teachers require face masks in their own classrooms?
- What should I do if my child has flu-like symptoms?
- What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
- My child is vaccinated but still tested positive for COVID-19. Do they still have to isolate at home?
- How is the district handling contact tracing and quarantine procedures?
- Will students who choose to quarantine have to go through any protocol before attending virtually?
- What should I do if my child is identified as a close contact?
- Will students who do not present with COVID-19 symptoms be allowed to attend virtually? For instance, we are traveling out of town.
- Will classrooms, particularly elementary/middle, remain in cohorts?
- Will classroom teachers be able to plan and go on field trips with students?
- Will teachers be required to spray desks down between classes?
- Will hand sanitizing stations continue to be positioned around the school?
- Can schools hold large group or all school assemblies and back to school events?
- Are visitors, guest speakers and volunteers allowed in school this year?
- When might a school temporarily close or pivot to remote learning for all?