COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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

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 the following link for finding teachers virtual office hours:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N3sbNk_GGONYRORvFa8JvG8h7ovFZ_-9VBj-kvL5JiE/edit?usp=sharing


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.


Update: 3/20/20 10:55 AM

The Richland School District will close all school buildings for spring break from March 23 to March 27.  The Richland School District office will remain open on these dates and the public may access the District office by appointment.  If you need to conduct business with the Richland School District office, please call 608-647-6106 to make an appointment.


Update: 3/16/20 1:28PM

** UPDATED INFORMATION TO FAMILIES/STUDENTS**

Dear Students and Guardians of the Richland School District,

The Richland School District has an important announcement regarding the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the District and Community.  

Given evolving information and guidance for these unprecedented circumstances, the district has decided to close school. With school closing sooner than expected, the school district will be opening their doors to parents today, Tuesday, and Wednesday during normal hours (7:30AM - 4:00PM) to pick up essential items (such as medication) and clean out students’ lockers and cubbies.  Please contact your building secretaries/principals to make any special arrangements outside of these hours. It is advised that parents call the building prior to arriving to ensure access can be granted.  

This has been an ever-changing event, with new information and announcements being made regularly. We know there have been many questions regarding how the District will conduct learning in this time of closure.  Today staff will be meeting to develop a new plan for educating students while we are physically separated from them. 
While we hope this announcement will answer some of those questions for you and your family, we also hope everyone understands how quickly this information can change.  One statement from our County Officials, the State DPI, Governor’s Office, President of the United States, or others could force these options to change, or be impacted.  However, in an attempt to keep in communication with our families, we have some information to share, regarding the following topics:
For Our Students:  During the next few days, your teachers will be preparing for how your education will continue during the State-mandated interruption and will be contacting you with that information. From March 16 - March 29, students will not be expected to participate in any instruction.  Students should plan on resuming instruction (virtually), starting on Monday, March 30.  More information and instructions will be coming from your school, once the implementation plan is complete. 
Spring Break will continue as originally planned from Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29.  This will include NO virtual schooling and, therefore, students will not be required to “attend” school during these dates.  For all other weekdays during the shutdown, your education will be conducted virtually, or online.  All students, Grades 1-12, should receive an electronic device on or before March 17th from their buildings.  If they do not, arrangements should be made with the student’s building principal.  4K and 5K students will NOT receive individual devices (their education will be delivered via Skyward, which will include emails to parents, as well as uploaded videos/content).  
Starting, Monday, March 30, students will need to check in with their teachers daily.  This might be in the form of a secured, online chat-room, a video conference with your class, or a phone call.  Just as each classroom teacher conducts instruction differently in the classroom, each teacher will likely be conducting instruction differently online.  Some will rely on electronic communication, some will have students work from paper-packs or workbooks, while others will find alternate ways to instruct, while many will be combining these methods.  
Teachers will be communicating with you throughout the process and will expect the same interaction virtually, as would normally occur in the classroom.  The one consistency you will have in online learning, is that all students and teachers will be using Schoology and/or Skyward as their main method of content delivery.  Schoology is a very simple, and easy to use platform, which can be used from nearly any device capable of accessing the internet.  Throughout this week, there will be additional information shared, once details are finalized.   
For Our Students with IEPs and Other Special Accommodations:  Your case manager(s) will be working with you, and communicating with you, throughout this process.  It is important to understand that some of your services, such as Occupational and Physical Therapy services, might be suspended during this period and rescheduled when we return to the classroom buildings.  However, every attempt will be made by our staff to provide you with the same quality and meaningful education, we expect all of our students to receive.  
For Our Students Enrolled in Online Classes:  Unless otherwise notified, students enrolled in any Richland Online Academy (ROA) class(es) should continue their education as they normally would.
For Co-Curricular Activities:  During the suspension of in-building instruction, all co-curricular activities will also be suspended.  This will include Richland Middle School and Richland Center High School Athletics (including practices, games, and meets), as well as any club or student organization activities.  We know and understand how important these co-curricular activities are to our students and their families.  However, we must be diligent in our efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  Unfortunately, this means eliminating/limiting as much person-to-person contact and interaction, as possible.  Once in-person instruction resumes, these activities may immediately resume as well.  There may be some restrictions, upon resuming these activities, to ensure the health and safety of all advisors, coaches, students, and fans is maintained.  Students should not gather for informal practices during this time.  
For Parents/Guardians:  We understand this time will undoubtedly be stressful for you.  With the many questions surrounding your jobs, daycare, and your children, this disruption will not be easy.  We sincerely hope you are able to find quality care from a trusted family member or friend, without placing the elderly in jeopardy, or congregating in daycare facilities with an abundance of others.  If you need help accessing Skyward or Schoology, please contact your child’s building for assistance.
For Meal Service:  Our plan is to continue to provide breakfast and lunch to all families (regardless of income level) during this time--excluding weekends and our normally scheduled Spring Break from Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29.  
To assist in avoiding large group gatherings and to maintain social distancing, we will be delivering these meals to your regular bus stops on each day.  Each delivery will consist of lunch for that day AND breakfast for the following day.  Families will be given deadlines to request meals to be delivered for the week.  
Families wishing to have meal service will need to sign up, by accessing the district website (www.richland.k12.wi.us) sometime after 5:00pm on Monday, March 16th.  Those families without internet access should call their child’s building (or the District Food Service number) by the designated deadlines.  Deadlines for signing up for meals:
Meal Delivery Dates
March 18-20 -- Must sign up by 8:30am on Wednesday, March 18th
March 23-27 -- No Meals - Spring Break
March 30-April 3 -- Must sign up by 8:30am on Monday, March 30th
There is no cost to anyone 18 and younger, living in the household.  Meals will be delivered between 11:00am and 1:30pm, however estimated delivery times for each stop will be posted on the district website once available.  Special dietary restrictions/requirements should be stated when signing up.
For Families Without Internet:  While a high percentage of our families have internet access in their homes (around 93%), we recognize not everyone does.  For this reason, the District will be providing cellular Wi-Fi Hotspots for these families to use while in-person learning is suspended.  There is no cost to the families for this service and Hotspots will be returned when school resumes face-to-face instruction.
If you live in a location, where the signal is not adequate, it may be necessary for families to drive a short distance to obtain the proper signal to receive internet service (the Hotspots are portable).  Families should communicate with their teachers in these circumstances to help minimize the need for internet access.  Those families requesting a Hotspot should call your child’s building principal/secretary.  Please allow us some time to get the necessary equipment to your homes.
For the Richland Center Community:  This is a very difficult and stressful time for many families and business owners of Richland County.  We encourage all businesses to join us in helping to keep this virus from spreading.
The people of Richland Center are united people, who pull together during adverse times like no other community.  Together we are strong enough to persevere through this pandemic event and continue to provide a quality education for our youth.  Together our community will be stronger and more prepared for future obstacles, which might come our way.  Together we are...ONE HIVE.

Yours in Education,
Richland School District Administration

Important Phone Numbers
Richland Center High School - 608.647.6131
Richland Middle School - 608.647.6381
Doudna Elementary - 608.647.8971
Jefferson Elementary - 608.647-6351
Lincoln Elementary - 608.647-2511
District Office - 608.647.6106
District Food Service - 608.647.6063

 

Update: 3/15/20 10:20PM

In a time where flexibility is important and information keeps being added to the equation. We have decided to close school until at least April 6. The admin and I have been planning all weekend the best way to give you and students the tools needed to be ready for education in  a time where we may have a long physical separation from our students. We have to changes those plans as we have more information from medical officials and other groups.  Because of this we are asking that all staff report tomorrow so that we can make plans for moving forward. I am anticipating more announcements from government officials in relation to school closings and will keep you up to date. Stay healthy and remember precautions. 

Update: 3/15/20 6:45PM

Dear Students and Guardians of the Richland School District,

The Richland School District has an important announcement regarding the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the District and Community.  

This has been an ever-changing event, with new information and announcements being regularly made. We know there have been many questions regarding how the District will conduct learning in this time of closure.  While we hope this announcement will answer some of those questions for you and your family, we also hope everyone understands how quickly this information can change. One statement from our County Officials, the State DPI, Governor’s Office, President of the United States, or others could force these options to change, or be impacted.  However, in an attempt to keep in communication with our families, we have some information to share, regarding the following topics:

For Our Students:  Our local health officials, at the Richland County Health and Human Services Department, have advised the district there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Richland County (at this time) and that there is minimal risk to students/staff in holding regularly scheduled classes.  Therefore, on Monday and Tuesday (March 16 & 17), all students should attend school, unless notified otherwise (check WRCO and local TV Stations). During these two days, your teachers will be helping to prepare you for how your education will continue during the State-mandated interruption.   

Spring Break will continue as originally planned from Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29.  This will include NO virtual schooling and therefore, students will not be required to “attend” school during these dates.  For all other weekdays during the shutdown, your education will be conducted virtually, or online. All students, Grades 1-12, should receive an electronic device on or before March 17th from their buildings.  If they do not, arrangements should be made with the student’s building principal. 4K and 5K students will NOT receive individual devices (their education will be delivered via Skyward, which will include emails to parents, as well as uploaded videos/content).  

Each day of school, students will need to check in with their teachers.  This might be in the form of a secured, online chat-room, a video conference with your class, or a phone call.  Just as each classroom teacher conducts instruction differently in the classroom, each teacher will likely be conducting instruction differently online.  Some will rely on electronic communication, some will have students work from paper-packs or workbooks, while others will find alternate ways to instruct, while many will be combining these methods.  

Teachers will be communicating with you throughout the process and will expect the same interaction virtually, as would normally occur in the classroom.  The one consistency you will have in online learning, is that all students and teachers will be using Schoology and/or Skyward as their main method of content delivery.  Schoology is a very simple, and easy to use platform, which can be used from nearly any device capable of accessing the internet. It is during Monday and Tuesday (March 16 & 17), while students are in their regular classrooms, where all students will be getting familiar with this software on the devices they will be using.  Wednesday, our first virtual learning day, will be a day for students and teachers to get their first online learning experience. There will be support at each student’s building for issues you may incur during this experience.  

For Our Students with IEPs and Other Special Accommodations:  Your case manager(s) will be working with you, and communicating with you, throughout this process.  It is important to understand that some of your services, such as Occupational and Physical Therapy services, might be suspended during this period and rescheduled when we return to the classroom buildings.  However, every attempt will be made by our staff to provide you with the same quality and meaningful education, we expect all of our students to receive.  

For Our Students Enrolled in Online Classes:  Unless otherwise notified, students enrolled in any Richland Online Academy (ROA) class(es) should continue their education as they normally would.  

For Co-Curricular Activities:  During the suspension of in-building instruction, all co-curricular activities will also be suspended.  This will include Richland Middle School and Richland Center High School Athletics (including practices, games, and meets), as well as any club or student organization activities.  We know and understand how important these co-curricular activities are to our students and their families. However, we must be diligent in our efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  Unfortunately, this means eliminating/limiting as much person-to-person contact and interaction, as possible. Once in-person instruction resumes, these activities may immediately resume as well. There may be some restrictions, upon resuming these activities, to ensure the health and safety of all advisors, coaches, students, and fans is maintained.  Students should not gather for informal practices during this time.  

For Parents/Guardians:  We understand this time will undoubtedly be stressful for you.  With the many questions surrounding your jobs, daycare, and your children, this disruption will not be easy.  We sincerely hope you are able to find quality care from a trusted family member or friend, without placing the elderly in jeopardy, or congregating in daycare facilities with an abundance of others.  If you need help accessing Skyward or Schoology, please contact your child’s building for assistance.

For Meal Service:  Our plan is to continue to provide breakfast and lunch to all families (regardless of income level) during this time--excluding weekends and our normally scheduled Spring Break from Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29.  

To assist in avoiding large group gatherings and to maintain social distancing, we will be delivering these meals to your regular bus stops on each day.  Each delivery will consist of lunch for that day AND breakfast for the following day. Families will be given deadlines to request meals to be delivered for the week.  

Families wishing to have meal service will need to sign up, by accessing the district website (www.richland.k12.wi.us) sometime after 5:00pm on Monday, March 16th.  Those families without internet access should call their child’s building by the designated deadlines. Deadlines for signing up for meals:

    Meals for week of March 18-20:  Must Sign-Up by 8:30am on Wednesday, March 18th
    Meals for week of March 23-27:  No Meals Delivered - Spring Break
    Meals for week of March 30-April 3:  Must Sign-Up by 8:30am on Monday, March 30th


There is no cost to anyone 18 and younger, living in the household.  Meals will be delivered between 11:00am and 1:30pm. Special dietary restrictions/requirements should be stated when signing up.

For Families Without Internet:  While a high percentage of our families have internet access in their homes (around 93%), we recognize not everyone does.  For this reason, the District will be providing cellular Wi-Fi Hotspots for these families to use while in-person learning is suspended.  There is no cost to the families for this service and Hotspots will be returned when school resumes face-to-face instruction. 

If you live in a location, where the signal is not adequate, it may be necessary for families to drive a short distance to obtain the proper signal to receive internet service (the Hotspots are portable).  Families should communicate with their teachers in these circumstances to help minimize the need for internet access. Those families requesting a Hotspot should call your child’s building principal/secretary.  Please allow us some time to get the necessary equipment to your homes.  

For the Richland Center Community:  This is a very difficult and stressful time for many families and business owners of Richland County.  We encourage all businesses to join us in helping to keep this virus from spreading.  

The people of Richland Center are united people, who pull together during adverse times like no other community.  Together we are strong enough to persevere through this pandemic event and continue to provide a quality education for our youth.  Together our community will be stronger and more prepared for future obstacles, which might come our way. Together we are...ONE HIVE.


Yours in Education,

Richland School District Administration


Building Phone Numbers
Richland Center High School - 608.647.6131
Richland Middle School - 608.647.6381
Doudna Elementary - 608.647.8971
Jefferson Elementary - 608.647-6351
Lincoln Elementary - 608.647.2511
District Office - 608.647.6106

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