• Communication Updates

    The most recent/updated messaging from the District will be posted and archived here. All communication is also always sent via email to students and parents. 

  • 10.16.20 - Phase Two: ACMS

    Posted by Miranda Kozlik on 10/16/2020
    Good afternoon ACMS Parents
     
    I am writing today to confirm the district is moving ahead with our plans to shift Asa Clark Middle School into phase 2 of our Stay Safe to Stay Open plan on Tuesday, October 20th.  Our intention to make this change was communicated in our weekly update on Tuesday, October 13th.  The rationale for this change reflects the pattern of sustained, low levels of infection and quarantine for students and staff at Asa Clark Middle School, combined with the below average rates of infection for middle school aged students in general. During our Wednesday update with the Waukesha County Health Department, data was shared indicating that middle school age students' rate of infection has been notably below the county average.
     
    Throughout this school year, we have worked to balance three priorities including: the health and safety of students and staff, the social and emotional wellness of students and staff, and student learning.  It is our view that it is most beneficial for learning, as well as social emotional wellness for students to be in attendance in school as much as possible.  We believe the sustained lower levels of infection and quarantine at Asa provide supporting rationale for this change from a health and safety perspective.
     
    Please note that things can change and the rates of virus spread in the county, and in Wisconsin are high.  It is very important that we continue to exercise caution and follow public health recommendations to mitigate the spread of the virus. Anything parents can do to help limit the exposure of our students to possible infection will help us in our efforts to keep kids in school. It is also important for families to have a plan in the event that a quarantine or closure of school becomes necessary.  We will continue to monitor this situation closely.
     
    The staff at Asa Clark is looking forward to having all students back next week. Please contact me or Mr. Pizzo at ACMS if you have any questions. 
     
    Have a nice weekend!
     
    Dr. Mike Cady
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  • 09.18.20 - Phase Two: PLE and HZ

    Posted by Miranda Kozlik on 9/18/2020 12:00:00 PM
    Good morning PSD Families,
     
    I am writing to confirm that we will be moving Pewaukee Lake Elementary and Horizon Elementary to Phase 2 of our Stay Safe to Stay Open plan starting Monday, September 21, 2020.  This means that all 4K-5th grade students who enrolled in the in-person model will attend school four days a week (M,T,TH, F) and learn virtually on Wednesdays. This change DOES NOT impact students who selected the full virtual opt-in option.
     
    In making this decision we have continued to monitor our internal and external metrics.  Although there have been increases in infections at a state level, our local census tract data, which includes Pewaukee and the areas immediately surrounding our community, related to disease burden (cases x 10,000 population) remains low and stable.  Internally, as of the time of this email, we have zero active cases of COVID-19 among our staff or students.
     
    A few notes in response to some questions I have received:
    • School schedules will remain the same (start time, stop time)
    • Bus routes and schedules will remain the same.  We do recommend parents double check parent access to be certain of times.  With Monday being the first day with full numbers of students we ask parents to anticipate the potential for some variation as we run these for the first time. Please anticipate the possibility of the bus being 5-minutes early or later than normal, although we expect them to be running on time. Mask use will be strictly enforced.
    • With more students together the maintenance of virus protocols becomes even more essential.  Students must wear masks, parents need to be vigilant and not send students to school with viral symptoms, and students need to be reminded to practice good hand hygiene.
    Our staff is excited to have our elementary students in-person for these additional days. The students, and all of you as parents have done a fantastic job to this point which has allowed us to make this change.  So keep up the good work!  As a cautionary note, throughout this pandemic, please know that conditions can change very quickly and all parents should have a plan in the event of quarantine or closure of school.  If you follow the stories in the media, there are daily examples of this throughout the state.  
     
    Parents can expect additional information to follow this message from your school principal.  
     
    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
     
    Dr. Mike Cady
    Superintendent of Schools
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  • 09.09.20 - COVID Metrics Update from District

    Posted by Miranda Kozlik on 9/9/2020
    Good afternoon PSD Families:
     
    Each week during this pandemic, the Pewaukee School District will provide an update regarding the status of virus activity and an update regarding where we are with our multi-phase option model for running schools.  We are doing this to enhance communication and be as transparent as possible.  Please view our "Data Metrics" page on our PSD "Stay Safe to Stay Open" webpage to view this information. 
     
    Thank you to students and parents for a great start 2020-21!  
     
    Be safe!
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  • 08.26.20 - PSD Lunch Service

    Posted by Miranda Kozlik on 8/26/2020

    Dear PSD Families,

    The Pewaukee School District is working with our partners at Chartwells K12 School Dining Services and Riteway Busing to provide meals to support our community and students (18 years and younger) who are in need of this assistance. This service will begin on September 1, 2020 and will run Mondays through Fridays until further notice.

    Lunches will be delivered to these below sites for students on their virtual learning days by district vans and can be picked up from 11:30am to 12:30pm.
    ● Liberty Park (School Bus)
    ● Valley Forge Park (School Bus)
    ● Village Park (School Bus)
    ● Pewaukee High School

    Here are some other details you may need to know.
    Students' lunch accounts will be charged using class rosters provided by each school. Parents should make deposits to their lunch accounts online or by payment to their school offices. No cash will be allowed and one meal will be provided per student. Only students in the PSD that have an active lunch account with less than a -$20 balance may receive a meal.
    There will be a two week lunch cycle that can be found on the district website or by using the NUTRISLICE app on your phone. Milk will be provided.
    Meals can be picked up by guardians or siblings.

    If you plan to take advantage of this service, we ask that you please fill out this form so that we can plan more effectively. Information from this survey will help Pewaukee School District with meal preparation and planning. PLEASE ONLY FILL OUT THIS FORM ONE TIME AND ONLY IF YOU PLAN ON PICKING UP MEALS

    Thank you,

    Dr. Mike Cady
    Superintendent

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  • 7.24.20 - School Plan Coming Next Week

    Posted by Mike Cady on 7/24/2020 12:00:00 PM
    Good afternoon PSD Families,
     
    I hope this message finds you well.  As we move toward the end of July, I have no doubt your questions about our school district's plans for the fall are growing.  I am writing to you today to let you know that we will be sharing our plan for the return to school next week. Our plan will provide a substantial level of detail including provisions for a virtual learning option that may be selected by students if preferred.  
     
    Our communication will include a survey designed to gain a clearer sense for our families preferences in relation to the virtual learning option so that we can continue to prepare accordingly.  When you get the survey I urge you to complete it as soon as possible to help us in our efforts to be ready for what will undoubtedly be a very unique school year.
     
    My team has been hard at work on our plans all summer long. Throughout this process our work has been focused on our values of providing for the health and safety of students and staff, the social and emotional wellness of students and staff, and student learning.  I have heard from many of you regarding your views, concerns, hopes and desires for your children. I thank you for your engagement and concern for your children, our schools, and community. We certainly understand that these are really important decisions that impact many people. 
     
    I am very proud of the hard work our team continues to put into this challenge and look forward to partnering with our families as we work through this together.  
     
    Please stay safe, healthy, and have a wonderful weekend.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Mike Cady; PhD
    Superintendent
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  • 6.22.20 - Initial Parent Return School Survey

    Posted by Mike Cady on 6/22/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Greetings Pewaukee School District Families:

    I hope you are enjoying the first days of summer. Today, I am writing to provide initial information regarding our plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year.  At this time, it is our goal to return to in-person instruction with students as scheduled on September 1st.  We are actively engaged in comprehensive planning to bring back students and staff with the implementation of virus mitigation protocols.  We also know we need to prepare for potential scenarios that include blended learning (combination of in-person and virtual instruction) and for fully virtual/remote learning. To help us with our planning we ask for your help by providing feedback with a very brief survey. 

    As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we will prioritize the health and safety of students and staff, the social and emotional health of students and staff, and student learning as our core values that will drive our decision making. This includes working to be consistent with other school districts and partnering with the county health department for guidance.  We are already engaged in weekly collaboration with Waukesha County School Districts, our County Executive, and the Waukesha Health Department as we develop strategies for re-opening.  In addition, we are utilizing guidance from the CDC and the Department of Public Instruction to ensure our approach is driven by the most current information and best practices available. 

    We are very excited to have students back on our campus.  That said, it is important to expect that things will be different than a typical school year and understand that we will have to be flexible if conditions change.  We can anticipate a return to campus may include various social distancing strategies, health and hygiene protocols, and uses of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Schedules and routines may be modified from how students arrive and leave school, to lunches and recess, to passing times, and health room procedures.  Again our goal is to reopen, and stay safe to stay open.  Parents and students will play a vital role in helping us achieve this goal.

    As a first step, we ask families to complete the short survey linked below. The feedback will help give us a sense of intentions of families regarding a return to school in the fall, use of bus transportation, and level of interest in virtual learning as an alternative to in-person instruction.

    Parent Return to School Survey

    We will provide follow up communication in mid-July which may include another opportunity to provide information and feedback.  We intend to communicate full plans for reopening our schools no later than August 1st. 

    In the meantime, we have established regular office hours for our schools and district office.  Our campus buildings are closed through June 30th.  After that date, if you need to come in-person to a school or district office please call ahead to make an appointment.  You can access a graphic detailing school and district hours at https://bit.ly/PSDSummerHours.

    Thank you for your time and assistance.  I hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer.  As mentioned previously, we will be providing more information in the weeks to come.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Cady; PhD

    Superintendent

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