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Updated 6/19/2020 at 8:00 a.m.

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Update 6/2/2020 at 10:45 a.m.

SUMMER MEAL PICK UP:

Effective Monday, June 8, Marshfield Public Schools will be distributing meals on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Enough food will be sent for all participants 18 years of age and younger, for the days in between distribution. 

All vehicle traffic is asked to pick up meals at Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Road), in the circle drive, between 11:00am and Noon.

Lincoln Elementary School (17th Street) and Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St.) will continue to be open for those walking or biking for meal pick up.

Families should still choose only one site on distribution days.  Meals will continue to provide breakfast and lunch and cannot be consumed onsite. Meal distribution will continue throughout the summer months.

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Update 5/14/2020 at 2:15 p.m.

To School District of Marshfield Families:

 Following the decision handed down yesterday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn most of the Safer at Home Order, this update is sent to provide some clarification regarding what this means for our schools. With their decision, the Court did not strike down the section of the Safer at Home Order that closed public and private K-12 schools. Earlier today, the school district received notice from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that because the Court’s decision did not reopen Wisconsin schools, our school grounds and facilities are to remain closed to in-person activities and events through June 30, 2020.

 At this time, the school district will continue to operate as we have for the past couple of months, including remote teaching and learning. School district staff will continue to deliver remote instruction until the final week of school ending on Friday, June 5, 2020. In addition, the free breakfast/lunch program will continue to be provided by the school district for the duration of the school closure period. As a reminder, free meals are available to all area students for pick up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the following locations: Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St), Lincoln Elementary School (1621 S Felker Ave), and Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Rd). 

The school district continues to work on plans for delivering summer school programming through a virtual learning format. If you have any questions about summer school or building-specific activities, you are encouraged to reach out directly to building administration.

Once again, thank you for your focus and dedication to supporting our students during this unprecedented time!

Dr. Ryan Christianson

Superintendent

 

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Update 4/17/2020 at 12:00 Noon

To School District of Marshfield Families:

With Emergency Order #28 issued yesterday afternoon, Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services have extended the Safer at Home Order until May 26, 2020, and confirmed that public and private K-12 schools in Wisconsin shall remain closed for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Along with the confirmation that our schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year, this update is being shared to provide some additional updates of particular interest to families and staff regarding what is to come in the months ahead.

Rest assured, the free breakfast/lunch program, available to all area students, will continue to be provided by the school district for the duration of the Safer at Home Order and school closure period. Free meals are available for pick up between 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon in the circle drives at Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Rd), Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St), and Lincoln Elementary School (1621 S Felker Ave) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Following a Public Hearing conducted by the Board of Education of the Marshfield School District on April 8, 2020, the school district has filed a waiver with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the "Hours of Instruction" requirement for the 2019-2020 school year. Therefore, the current school year will not be extended and will end on June 5, 2020, as originally scheduled. In the meantime, the school district will continue to deliver remote instruction to students under the current format that took effect on Monday, April 13, 2020. District staff will continue to deliver remote instruction in this manner until the final week of school ending on Friday, June 5, 2020.

The school district is very close to completing how grades will be issued for the 2nd semester of this school year. While the full details will be communicated by building administration, I wanted to share our intention of implementing a "Pass/Incomplete" system at the secondary level (in lieu of traditional letter grades). Elementary schools will generally follow our standards-based grading system but plans at the elementary level are still being finalized. We are encouraging teachers to exercise leniency and flexibility when providing individual feedback to students during this period of remote instruction. Our approach for the remainder of this school year is to try and meet the needs of each individual learner at their level and capacity to engage the curriculum during this extraordinary time. We understand there is tremendous variability across different households as far as what individual families can manage at home with the remote instruction. This is why we are asking families to do your best and give us what you’re capable of doing.

Because of uncertainty surrounding the summer months with the potential continuation of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the school district has initiated plans to devise summer school programming that would follow a virtual learning online format. This could potentially be made available during the summer session of 2020 because summer school is an optional term where not all students are required to attend. There are significantly fewer students that attend summer school by comparison to the regular school year, and we believe it is particularly important to provide our high school students the opportunity to earn credits during the summer months in order to allow them flexibility with scheduling courses during the regular school year and to help augment their completion of graduation requirements. In addition, the Wisconsin DPI has indicated they plan to provide school districts new flexibilities to facilitate online learning opportunities during the 2020 summer session. Otherwise, the Wisconsin DPI maintains administrative rules that normally place restrictions on virtual instruction during the summer months such that school districts have only been allowed to provide online courses at grade levels 7-12 and only for courses that award students high school credits aligned to graduation requirements.

The school district continues to work on plans for allowing students and parents to pick up personal belongings that remain in school lockers and classrooms. We intend to begin with the elementary school buildings, and we will communicate these details at the building level after final plans are in place.

Plans for graduation and other important year-end events have not yet been finalized. The school district is targeting alternative dates for holding Prom and the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony in the month of August. Please stay tuned and we will share those details when they become available. Other important programs and events that are unique to specific buildings will be communicated at the building-level in the future as decisions are finalized and arrangements have been made.

As previously stated, and I don’t believe I can say this enough, I am so very thankful for and proud of everyone’s flexibility and perseverance during these tremendously challenging times. As difficult as all of this is, we will get through it together, and we will be a stronger community as a result.

Take care and be well!

Dr. Ryan Christianson

Superintendent

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Update 4/10/2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Beginning Monday, April 13, Marshfield Public Schools will be distributing meals three days per week to occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Enough food will be provided for Tuesdays and Thursdays during these three distribution days.  Sites are open to all area students.  Families should still choose only one site on distribution days.  Meals will include both breakfast and lunch and cannot be consumed onsite. 

Pick up will continue to be from 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon in the circle drives at Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Road), Lincoln Elementary School (17th Street), and Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St.)

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Update 4/6/2020

To School District of Marshfield Families: 

As we enter what will be our third week of remote teaching and learning following the statewide school closure, I want to again express my deepest appreciation to our students, families, and staff for your commitment and resolve during this unprecedented public health emergency. In this latest update, I would like to introduce plans and preparations the school district has initiated to shift our focus on advancing curriculum, through the continuation of remote instruction, as we move into the 4th quarter of our school year.

Unfortunately, there is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding the question of when schools will be able to reopen. While state officials continue to be hesitant about finalizing a decision on the length of the statewide school closure, school districts have been encouraged to plan as though schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year. In a letter sent to all Wisconsin school district superintendents last Wednesday, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor advised, “I encourage you to do long-range planning as if students will not be back in school for the rest of this school year.” 

As we now prepare for the strong possibility that students will not be able to return before the school year ends, we recognize the need to move forward with instruction that advances the curriculum.  Therefore, the school district will adjust our delivery of remote instruction beginning on Monday, April 13. Our instructional staff will spend time this week preparing for the changeover and will collaborate remotely in teams to identify the most essential fourth quarter learning standards. Staff will continue to provide students with enrichment activities this week as they prepare for the shift to our new focus on advancing the curriculum. The learning plans that will be implemented with students next week will be posted on Friday, April 10 during a "Communication Window" from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Thereafter, between 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon each Friday, instructional staff will deploy (via the Skyward Message Center) a summary of learning activities that will be sent to their students and families for use during the week that follows. Our goal with this "Communication Window" on Fridays is to establish a consistent time when families can expect to receive learning plans from teachers, rather than getting various communications at several different times throughout the week. Keep in mind, students and families can still contact teachers throughout the week with questions and/or requests for additional assistance with learning activities. 

While we will continue to encourage everyone's best effort and our staff will continue to do their best for students, it is important to recognize that we cannot replicate, through the current conditions of remote instruction, the rich learning experiences and personal connection that are provided in our school buildings. In addition, we understand our families are facing incredible challenges right now with various difficulties that span a wide range of circumstances, many of which have a negative impact on efforts to learn remotely from home. The many chaotic and problematic events that have and will continue to disrupt student learning at home during the statewide closure also cause disruptions with the school district’s ability to maintain equitable learning experiences for all students. We simply cannot ensure equal opportunities for all students during the COVID-19 public health emergency. I am hopeful this helps put into perspective why the school district's remote instruction, even as we now shift to advancing the curriculum, will need to remain an optional, non-graded learning experience for our students for the duration of the state-mandated school closure period. 

As we have emphasized with previous communications, families are encouraged to reach out directly to your teachers and/or building administration if you have questions or concerns about your child(ren)'s learning needs during this time of remote teaching and learning. 

Thank you, and be well! 

Dr. Ryan Christianson 

Superintendent 

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Update 3/24/2020 at 4:15 p.m.

Free school meals to continue during “Safer at Home” order.

Meals will continue to be distributed each weekday, Monday through Friday. Pick up between 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon in the circle drives at Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Road), Lincoln Elementary School (17th Street), and Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St.). Sites are open to all area students. Families should choose one site to visit daily.

Please be advised school buildings remain closed during the “Safer at Home” order. Student Services and Instructional staff continue to be available through email for student support. District Administration can be reached at 715-387-1101.

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Update 3/23/2020 at 5:15 p.m.

To School District of Marshfield Parents/Guardians:

This correspondence is intended to help clarify questions and concerns the school district has received from parents/guardians about expectations for students and families regarding the remote teaching and learning the school district is facilitating during the state-mandated school closure.

To begin, we would like to extend a big "thank you" to our families for your tremendous effort and patience during this public health emergency. We greatly appreciate how well families have responded despite the extraordinary circumstances we've all been thrust into during this tumultuous time. The quick move to remote learning at home, in such a short period of time, has been challenging to say the very least.

The difficulty of these circumstances and the necessity for flexibility on everyone’s part are key reasons why we will continue to express the need for reasonability and ongoing flexibility with expectations for our students. If there has been confusion and/or inconsistency in communication about schoolwork expectations for learners, we apologize for the unnecessary stress and strain this may have caused our families.

Rest assured, the schoolwork our staff is currently delivering during the state-mandated school closure period is being provided as optional for students, and the work completed by students during this remote learning period will not be graded or otherwise contribute to credit-bearing evaluations of students. While teachers are very likely to provide feedback to students as they complete the optional work, teacher feedback is not to be viewed as a grade or a formal assessment.

The only potential exception to this declaration that work is “optional and will not be graded” is applicable to high school students who are currently enrolled in AP and/or dual enrollment courses at Marshfield High School. In these cases, please be advised students will still have the opportunity to take AP exams in order to earn college credits (unless the College Board later determines otherwise), and dual enrollment courses will continue to adhere to the college course requirements for students who are seeking to earn college credit. Regardless, AP exam participation and dual enrollment course completion shall remain a student/family decision and will not be required.

We encourage families to continue to reach out directly to your teachers and/or building administration to address questions or concerns you may have regarding your child(ren)'s learning needs.

Thank you, and be well!

Ryan Christianson

Superintendent

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Update 3/20/2020 at 8:00 a.m.

(Additional Distribution Site) Free Student Meals During School Closure

Beginning March 23, Marshfield Public Schools will be adding Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St.) as an additional meal distribution site.  Sites are open to all students regardless of age and all others 18 and under.  Families should choose one site to visit daily.

Meals are distributed each weekeday, Monday-Friday. Per DPI regulation, students receiving meals must be present.  Pick up between 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon in the circle drives at Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Road), Lincoln Elementary School (17th Street), and Grant Elementary School (425 West Upham St.)

Meals cannot be consumed onsite. Students may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. Parents and students will not be expected to get out of their vehicle to receive meals.  Free meal distribution will continue throughout the school closure period, including the week of March 30th.

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Update 3/17/2020 at 4:45 p.m.

Elementary Student iPad Distribution

The District is providing an opportunity for families to pick up iPads and chargers for elementary students (K-6) at the elementary buildings on Thursday, March 19 and Friday March 20. This is an optional opportunity for your child to extend their learning at home. If you would like to extend this opportunity to your child and your child has limited access to technology at home, (i.e. tablet, laptop, home computer) please complete the form using the link below prior to pick-up.

Please see the link to request your child's iPad in the parent email communication.

iPads can be picked up in the main office of your child’s elementary school.

Pick-up Times:

Thursday, March 19 from 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Friday, March 20 from 8:00a.m. – 12:00 Noon

If you have questions about pick-up or conflict with pick-up times, please contact your child’s school.

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Update 3/13/2020 at 6:15 p.m.

Free Student Meals During School Closure

Beginning March 16, Marshfield Public Schools’ Nutrition Staff will distribute free breakfast and lunch each weekday, Monday-Friday, for students 18 and under. Free meals will be available for pick up between 11:00 am and 12:00 Noon in the circle drives at Marshfield High School (1401 E Becker Road) and Lincoln Elementary School (1621 S Felker Ave).

Meals cannot be consumed onsite. Students may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. Parents and students will not be expected to get out of their vehicle to receive meals. Free meal distribution will continue throughout the school closure period.

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Update 3/13/2020 at 5:50 p.m.

All Marshfield Public/Parochial Schools will be closed effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.

Governor Tony Evers has declared a statewide school closure March 18 – April 5. In an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in our community, we have decided to close Marshfield schools immediately.  All school-sponsored programming and events are cancelled, including before and after school activities, athletic and co-curricular practices, competitions, meetings, performances, weekend events, etc. Community organizations reserving buildings for events are cancelled until further notice. Future reservations will be reviewed as more information becomes available.  

Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks. Please continue to watch for communication from the District.

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Updated 3/13/2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Effective immediately, the School District of Marshfield is cancelling and discontinuing all non-essential gatherings and activities in- and out-side of the school day. This includes, for example, but is not necessarily limited to extended fieldtrips, music concerts, dances, student assemblies, banquets, etc. The following is a sample listing of activities, in the near future, that have been cancelled:

  • Middle School Dance, March 13
  • Strings Fest (@ MHS, grades 5-12), March 15
  • Middle School Pops Concert, March 20
  • Madison Elementary CLC Family Literacy Engagement Night, March 24

For the time being, these cancelations will be effective through Spring Break week, which is scheduled for March 30 - April 3, 2020. The status of gatherings and activities thereafter will be reviewed and updated as we get closer to the start of April. If you have any questions or concerns about gatherings or activities at your child(ren)'s school, please contact the building administration at your school(s).

Regarding athletics and other school-sponsored co-curricular activities, we are assessing the rapidly changing situation and will release a separate statement soon regarding school district plans.

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Coronavirus is a very common respiratory illness that can be seen throughout the entire year but is more common in the fall and winter months.  This virus has been around since the 1960’s. The illness that is making the headlines is a new form of this virus called 2019-CoV.  The signs and symptoms are the same as the Common Coronavirus.  To avoid getting this or any other virus, follow good hygiene etiquette.

Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus and other Respiratory Viruses

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Not feeling well
  • Shortness of breath, especially when at rest

How to prevent the spread of viruses

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow/cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces as needed
  • Stay home if you are sick and leave home only for essential needs
  • Before returning to school or work, you should be fever-free (temperature under 100 degrees for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen) 

For additional information, please see the following links:

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19_Spanish

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

Judy Akin & Tammy Voss

District Nurses