The Pewaukee School District values the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. We work throughout the year to promote healthy schools. Safety is always our priority.
As the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shares more information about COVID-19, or the coronavirus, we want you to know that we are regularly in contact with the Waukesha County Health Department. Our school nurses work alongside school administrators to plan and respond to emerging communicable disease concerns following the guidance of the public health department and CDC recommendations.
In the Pewaukee School District we have a plan in place to deal with potential epidemic or pandemic viruses. Our leadership team has met to discuss our school district preparedness plan, and our district is ready to respond to increased illness in our schools should we experience that. If we have a situation of significantly increased illness, or if there were local cases of COVID-19, we will work closely with the Waukesha County Health Department, Department of Public Instruction, and CDC and will follow and adhere to their directions.
A continued theme from public health officials is that it is currently flu and respiratory disease season and getting vaccinated for influenza, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed is recommended. CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Help your students to wash their hands well
- Do not drop off your sick child at school
- Stay home when you're sick
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
Please note, parents and guardians should work closely with school nurses and office staff about absences due to illness. Student illness details (e.g., fever, cough) help our nursing staff track trends. When reporting an ill student on the school absence line, please let us know if your child has the flu or symptoms of another illness as this helps us monitor illness trends and implement appropriate prevention steps.
It is important to refer to reliable sources of information in these situations. Below is a list of resources you can use to keep informed about the COVID-19 virus.
Links below to the Centers for Disease Control information about COVID-19:
Links to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services information about COVID-19:
Link to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction webpage:
Link to the Waukesha County Health Department webpage:
Link to “Brain Pop” Explanation of Coronavirus for Children:
Preventative Measures for Certain Age Groups
Please be aware there are a number of countries with travel advisories related to the COVID-19 virus. It is recommended that you do not travel to any country with a Level 3 Advisory which at the time of this letter includes China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea. We ask that you keep us informed if you are traveling to destinations with any level of advisory for this virus or other illnesses. Please note parents may be asked to keep your child home from school for an extended period of time following travel to any country with a travel advisory for infectious diseases as determined by health department guidelines.
The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and changing. At the time of this letter, there has only been one (1) confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The risk for residents of Waukesha County at this time is considered low. We understand there is uncertainty involved in this situation and will work to keep you informed as needed. We also wanted to stress the importance of avoiding assumptions or stereotypes about who may be sick. Please contact the district school nurse or local public health department if you have further questions.
Dr. Mike Cady
Superintendent of Pewaukee Schools