Dear Sun Prairie Families,
We hope this message finds you well. In starting with a note of gratitude, we’d like to first acknowledge the complex work of our partners at the state and county levels to address the Coronavirus and COVID-19. We’d also like to publicly acknowledge the work of our district and school-based nurses and facilities and grounds staff.
We want you to know the Sun Prairie Area School District has been proactive in its planning. District leadership has and will continue to meet regularly to discuss our preparedness plan, and our district is ready to respond in our schools should we experience increased illness. While Dane County remains at a lower risk, information from our state partners is changing rapidly. We are working closely with Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC). For the most up-to-date information, please visit Public Health Madison Dane County, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Information.
While public health officials are still indicating that the risk to our area remains relatively low, we recognize that there are hotspots of activity throughout the country and world. The spread of COVID-19 is constantly evolving. Therefore, as a preventative measure, we are suspending district-sponsored out-of-state travel for all students and staff. This includes field trips, performances, competitions, meetings, conferences, or any other events outside the state of Wisconsin. This restriction is currently in effect from March 11, 2020, to June 12, 2020. In the coming weeks, we will reassess summer travel.
Personal Spring Break Travel
We know that many families might be traveling during our upcoming spring break. Guidance from local, state, and federal health departments continues to evolve and change as new cases are diagnosed around the country. At this time, the Wisconsin State Department of Health Services recommends that people who travel to places where there is community spread of COVID-19 (international and domestic locations) self-quarantine themselves and monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to use common sense and exercise good judgement about travel. Please know that the district cannot make travel decisions for families. If you are concerned that you may have traveled or have travel plans to an area of community spread, please contact Public Health Madison and Dane County to find out more information. With that, it is important to know that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has not officially placed any travel restrictions within the continental United States (as of 3/11/20 at 12:00 noon).
Other Prevention Measures
Buildings and grounds staff are working hard to ensure that all school spaces are cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis. Schools have ample cleaning supplies, and we have ordered extra food and paper products in case of a supply disruption. We’re reminding everyone that the three most effective steps to prevent the spread of illness are washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you are ill.
The COVID-19 situation changes virtually every day. Follow Public Health Madison & Dane County on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest local updates. For the most up-to-date information, also visit the CDC's coronavirus webpage.
As a dad with four children in the system, I too am answering questions from my kids about COVID-19. I have personally found guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists helpful in my family discussions.
We are committed to keeping you informed as information becomes available to school districts. We have an exceptional internal team who is in constant contact and at-the-ready to respond.
If you have specific questions about the district’s preparation or response to COVID-19, please visit the district health services webpage: Sun Prairie School District - Health Services. This website will be updated as the situation develops. You may also contact our COVID-19 response team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to messages as quickly as possible.
Again we’d like to thank our staff for their leadership and hard work as we partner to keep every child healthy and ready to learn.
Brad Saron, Superintendent