COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Richland County COVID 19 Information                      City of Richland Center COVID 19 Information

Posted 5/14/2020

Good afternoon, and we hope this email finds you and your family doing well and staying healthy.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the “Safer at Home Order” issued by Governor Evers/Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) was no longer in effect and allowed for non-essential businesses and restrictions on travel to be lifted.  However, the ruling also specifically excluded the section of the order that called for school closure for purposes of instruction and extra/co-curricular activities.  Therefore, schools remain closed for these purposes through June 30, 2020. This will be true unless and until any subsequent rule is determined by some legitimate process and articulated through DHS to school districts. 

The Richland School District gets daily updates and guidance from various sources, including the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Center for Disease Control, and our local Public Health Officials.  Those entities will continue to guide our District in making necessary decisions as we close out the end of the 2019-20 school year and head into the summer months, and beyond.  The District will continue to prioritize students/staff health and safety and make local decisions based on information received.

Considering this latest decision, the Richland School District will continue to educate our students, virtually, through June 5, 2020.  We will continue to provide meal deliveries for breakfast and lunch to those families who have registered with our Food Service Department, through June 30, 2020.  If you are not currently receiving these meals, and would like to be added to delivery routes, please contact Jodie Pretsch at 608.647.6063.  The District will also continue its planning processes for end of the school year activities, such as high school graduation and other recognition ceremonies, and provide details as they are finalized.  

We appreciate your understanding as we move forward through this health emergency.  As always, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers, building principals, or district administration, should you have any questions or concerns regarding this.  Thanks for all you are doing and please stay safe.

Jarred Burke
District Administrator
Richland School District



Posted 4/16/20
As of Thursday, April 16, 2020, Governor Evers has closed all public schools, including all co-curricular activities, for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This order allows school districts to continue online/virtual programming. The Richland School District will continue to offer virtual learning opportunities. As a reminder, all district buildings are closed, including all playgrounds and athletic fields, for the duration of the Safer at Home order. The Richland School District office, as well as school building offices remain open and may be accessed by appointment only. If you have questions about your child’s/children’s schooling, teachers will continue to offer virtual office hours.

Update: 3/25/20

Virtual Office Hours and Support Information:

The teachers and support staff of the Richland School District are continuing to provide educational opportunities during the current public health emergency. Along with providing the regular communications with students through Schoology and Skyward, the educational staff will have regular virtual office hours allowing students and parents/guardians to contact them with questions.

Use this link for finding teachers virtual office hours

 


Student Learning Support Resources are available:

A reminder to parents and guardians:  Many resources are available for you to assist your child/children during this period of virtual learning in the Richland School District.  These resources can be found on the District website (www.richland.k12.wi.us) by clicking on the COVID-19 image.


Food Service Information:

Richland School District Food Service Delivery/Sign-up Update

District officials have made some changes to the upcoming food service delivery set to begin on March 30th.  

 Any household, which resides within the Richland School District boundaries is eligible to receive meals.  This program is NOT INCOME BASED. This is an extension of a Federal program, intended to allow families the ability to receive lunch and breakfast for their children.  Benefits include:      

  •      Families not having to worry about fixing lunch and breakfast for their kids, 
  •      Assurance the food being served meets nutritional guidelines, 
  •      Making less visits to the grocery store in order to avoid larger crowds,
  •      Reducing food costs for families during this pandemic

We will be doing door-drop delivery for all persons who sign up. This will allow us to avoid face to face contact, as well as eliminate the group gatherings at group bus stops.  What does this mean? If you are in town, we will have one of our employees drop your meal(s) on your walkway or stoop. If you live out of city-limits, you will have a drop at the end of your driveway.  We continue to ask for you to leave a tote or cooler at the end of the driveways in the country. In an effort to maintain complete social distancing, we will ask that you allow the worker to drop the meal and return to the bus/van prior to you coming out to pick up your meals.

All families wanting to sign up for meal delivery need to do so, prior to 10:00 pm on Sunday, March 29th.  Once you have signed up, you will be signed up for the entirety, unless you opt out by calling the Food Service Department at 647-6063.  After March 29th, if you wish to add meal delivery you can contact the Food Service Department to sign up. If you sign up after March 29th, please allow a 24 hour delay for your first delivery.

With the new delivery plan, the times of delivery will be varied.  After the first few days, you should be able to get a general idea of the time that your meal will be delivered.  We will have a window of 10:45 am - 1:30 pm as a general guideline at this time.

This is a difficult time for many families in our community. Besides the meal delivery service, the Richland School District also provides food through the Snack Packs for Backpacks program. If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Gretchen Kanable at kang@richland.k12.wi.us

People are asking for ways they can help. The Snack Packs for Backpacks program is NOT accepting food donations right now due to storage issues.  However, monetary donations are welcomed and appreciated.  Checks should be made out to Richland Middle School and include Snack Packs for Backpacks in the memo.  Please send to Richland Middle School, 1801 Hwy 80 South, Richland Center, WI 53581.

Guidance Counseling and Parent Support Information:

The Richland School District continues to provide student support services during the current public health emergency.  Students, parents, and guardians can access a list of these supports by navigating to the District website (www.richland.k12.wi.us) and clicking on the COVID-19 image and selecting “Support Resources for Parents and Students.”  School counselors are available should your child or you need support. In addition, the Northwest Connections (Richland County's 24/7 crisis line) phone number is 1-888-552-6642. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. The Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting HOME to 741741 and it is for any type of crisis. Additionally, to reach a Spanish suicide prevention hotline, please call 1-888-628-9454.

Alateen:Teens, have you been affected by someone's drinking--there's hope!  Alateen is a group for young men and women who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction of a family member or friend.  We invite you to join us on an organizational conference call Tuesday, 31 March at 2 pm:  646-876-9923 (meeting ID 702-888-445#).  For more information, contact Sherry at 719-213-9963.

Building and Playground Closure Information:

Richland School District buildings and grounds will remain closed to the public during the current public health emergency.  If you need to conduct business with the Richland School District, please call 608-647-6106.  If you have questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please call your child’s school building administrator.  School building phone numbers are found on the District website ( www.richland.k12.wi.us) by scrolling over the “Schools” tab.


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