AASD
Coronavirus Information
Posted on 03/19/2020

All correspondence and relevant information for Appleton Area School District families will be added to this page.

The safety, health, and well being of our students, staff, and community is our top priority.


Appleton Area School District Pandemic Plan




March 16, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Appleton Area School District (AASD) will be providing free meals to students in need while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

Free meals can be picked up at the following locations (see below), Monday through Friday, at the times indicated starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Free meals will not be available during AASD scheduled spring break, April 6 through April 10.

Pick-up locations will be set up so families do not need to enter the school to receive meals.
• All meals will be served in a “grab and go” fashion and will include milk.
• Meals will include a pre-packaged lunch for the current day, and prepacked breakfast for the next day.

IMPORTANT: Meal pick-up times and details may be adjusted as needs are evaluated.

School Closure Menu

Kaleidoscope Academy
318 E. Brewster St.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Door D – front of building

Madison Middle School
2020 S. Carpenter St.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Door G – Back side of building

Wilson Middle School
225 N. Badger Ave.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Door Q – Access from north parking lot

The AASD recognizes that many students rely on the Free and Reduced Meal Program at their school and is committed to continuing to meet the needs of all students. Please continue to visit the AASD website for the latest news and updates amid the COVID-19 school closure.

Dr. Judith Baseman
Superintendent



March 15, 2020

Dear Appleton Area School District Families,

As we continue to navigate through these challenging times for our community and state, I want to update you regarding our upcoming school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be reminded that beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Appleton Area School District (AASD) schools will be closed until further notice. This includes before and after school Extended Day Learning and all school clubs, activities, and events.

We will be working with Chartwells, our school meal provider, to offer free meals to students in need while our schools are closed. This service will begin on Tuesday, March 17, at three school district distribution sites - Kaleidoscope Academy, Madison Middle School, and Wilson Middle School. More details regarding distribution will be forthcoming tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020, will be a normal school day. Plans are in place to provide Distance Learning at home for students during the school closure, following the schedule below:

March 16 School in session - regular school day with before/after school programming
March 17 No School for Students; Staff Preparation Day
March 18 No School for Students; Staff Preparation Day
March 19-April 3 Distance Learning Days for Students
April 6-April10 AASD Closed - Spring Break
April 13th To be Determined

Medications and Health Related Items
If your student receives daily or as needed medication at school or if your student keeps other health-related items at school (such as for tube feeding, catheterization, diabetes, etc.) and you will need them during the school closure, please stop at the school office on Monday, March 16, or Tuesday, March 17, between 7:30 AM-4:00 PM, to pick them up. We are unable to send medication home with students. Parents will not be able to retrieve medications or health related items from school once school buildings close.

Speaking to Your Student About COVID-19
We know that you may be concerned and worried about this public health emergency. We’ve provided some resources below about how to speak to your student:

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists (also available in Spanish)

Talking With Children: Tips For Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks from the National Association of School Psychologists

Distance Learning Plans
The following are the Distance Learning Plans in place during the upcoming school closure in the AASD.

Please Note: If your student attends a charter school in the AASD, you may be receiving additional and/or alternative plans for your student.

Appleton Community 4K Distance Learning Plan
A Distance Learning Instructional Kit will be sent home with each 4K student tomorrow. The Learning Kit will include a Family Unit of Study Guide that provides daily and weekly learning activities in our 4K curriculum areas of early literacy, writing, social and emotional development, math, and fine/gross motor movement. In early learning, children learn best by interacting with their environment, peers and teachers. The Distance Learning Kit includes activities with “I can” statements that show what your child is learning from the 4K curriculum when engaged in each of these play activities.

Your 4K student’s teacher will be contacting you on Tuesday, March 17, or Wednesday, March 18, to review the Distance Learning materials sent home and answer any questions. Please use the bag provided for storage of your student’s instructional materials while at home, and send the materials back to school in the bag when school resumes again.

If your 4K student is unable to be in school on Monday, please make arrangements to stop at your child’s 4K location on Tuesday, March 17, between 8:00 AM-3:30 PM, to pick up your students Distance Learning materials.

K-6 (Elementary) Distance Learning Plan
The K-6 Distance Learning Plan has been designed to provide students with relevant and appropriate learning experiences at home to ensure students keep up and even build their skills. Your child will return home from school tomorrow with a recommended daily Distance Learning schedule and a bag of materials that focus on literacy and mathematics:

Literacy- We created a parent/student-friendly literacy plan for students to simply read and write based on the recommended number of minutes children should be reading in school each day and the number of books students should be reading based on book level.

Mathematics- The materials were designed to provide students with interactive methods to review the key learning for their grade level. Each packet includes inquiry activities, games, and review problems to help further develop a student’s math skills while they are away from school.

If your K-6 student(s) will not be at school on Monday, please make arrangements to stop at the school office on Tuesday, March 17, between 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, to pick up your student(s) Distance Learning materials.

Your K-6 student’s teacher will be contacting you on Tuesday, March 17, or Wednesday, March 18, to review the Distance Learning materials sent home and answer any questions. Please use the bag provided for storage of your student’s instructional materials while at home, and send the materials back to school in the bag when school resumes again.

K-6 Distance Learning materials for other instructional areas such as Art, Music, Physical Education, Band, Orchestra, Talented and Gifted, and Social and Emotional Learning are also being developed. Some may be included in your student’s book bag on Monday.

All K-6 Distance Learning materials will be available on the District’s Coronavirus webpage no later than Thursday, March 19.

Middle and High School Distance Learning Plan
The middle and high school Distance Learning Plan has been designed to provide students with relevant and appropriate learning experiences at home to ensure that students keep up and even build their skills. All teachers will either be using Google Classroom or Canvas as the online tool for delivering instruction through the student Chromebook.

Courses that are currently using Canvas will continue to use Canvas as the online platform.
Courses that have not yet been using Canvas will use Google Classroom as the online platform.

Please note:
Please click this link for additional information on the middle and high school Distance Learning Plan.

If your student does not have internet access at home, please know that we are working on acquiring wireless ‘hotspots’ that could assist you. You also may qualify for discounted internet services.

Educator Availability During School Closure
Educators will be available via email on Distance Learning Days, Monday-Friday, to support student learning and answer parent/guardian questions at the following times: 9:00 - 11:30 AM and 1:30 - 3:00 PM. Educator email addresses are available on each school’s website under Our School - Staff Directory.

Your support and patience as we navigate this rapidly changing and complex situation is greatly appreciated. We look forward to having our students back at school with us as soon as it is safely possible!

Sincerely,

Dr. Judith M. Baseman
Superintendent of Schools




March 13, 2020 (5:15 p.m.)

Appleton Area School District Families,

Late this afternoon, Governor Evers directed that all public and private 4K-12 schools are mandated to shut down by Wednesday, March 18.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Appleton Area School District will close until further notice. This includes the before and after school extended day learning program, athletics/co-curriculars, etc.

Monday, March 16, will be a normal school day. All 4K-12 students will be sent home with belongings and instructional materials.

Plans will be in place to provide distance learning at home for students during the school closure as per the schedule below:
March 16th - School in session - regular school day with before and after school programming
March 17th - No School for Students; Staff Preparation Day
March 18th - No School for Students; Staff Preparation Day
Weeks of March 19th through April 3rd - Distance Learning Days for Students begin on March 19th
Week of April 6th - April 10th - AASD closed - Spring Break
Week of April 13th - To be determined

The District, along with Chartwells, our food service provider, will have an emergency food distribution plan ready to put into place within approximately one week. More information will be forthcoming; we encourage you to check the District’s Coronavirus webpage for updates.

The health and safety of our students and staff are our highest priority and we will continue to work with our City of Appleton Health Officer to do what is needed to keep our students and staff safe. We will continue to communicate with staff and families as we have new information.

Judith Baseman
Superintendent
Appleton Area School District
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