COVID-19 – FAQs

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Last updated March 17, 2020

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**Today the Governor updated his policy that schools will remain closed as long as the State is declared a health emergency. What is Aug Prep’s plan?

We will continue with packet and technology pickup today and tomorrow (see below). 

All students are expected to participate in distance learning as long as schools are ordered to be closed, with the exception of:

**Are you still handing technology and packets out tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18)?

Yes. We are still doing handouts tomorrow and it is VERY important that families pick up their items. We are managing people and spacing aggressively to ensure everyone stays as safe as possible. If at all possible in order to minimize exposure for staff and families, please try to limit pickup to the parent/legal guardian of students, however if you do not have childcare, your children are welcome to come with you.

Thank you for your continued patience and grace if you end up navigating pickup longer than expected due to spacing of families entering the building. 

 **Are there any changes to the food plan during closure?

In addition to food pickup tomorrow in the building from 7am-6pm, we will also have a drive-through pickup 7-9am tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18). 

After that, there are no changes—food pickup is daily from 7-9am when distance learning is in session. We are still looking into whether food pickup during Spring Break will be an option (currently, there will be no food pickup during the week of spring break, March 30-April 3).

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How will you be limiting the number of people during tech/packet pickup to help comply with Wisconsin’s guidance around gatherings?

First, please limit the number of people you send to pickup. One per family is best!

Second, we strongly encourage families to attend pickup at the following times:

If that does not work for your family, you can come another time.

Finally, we will also limit the number of people in the building at one time, so be prepared to stand in line outside if needed (or wait in your car). We will be adhering to social distancing best practices. Thank you for your patience and grace as we work to serve and prepare each of our Aug Prep families. 

Is packet & technology pickup mandatory?

Elementary School: Packet and technology pickup is required for all students.  

Middle School: Packet and technology pickup is required for all students. 

High School: Please check your Schoology messages. Because most HS students already have their Chromebooks, packet pickup for HS is not mandatory unless you are a HS music OR biomedical student (see below). However, distance learning IS mandatory for all students. If you do not have your power cord or Chromebook at home, you must come in during pickup periods to get the power cord. If you do not have internet access, please come in to get a paper packet and/or to work with the team to get temporary access to the internet. There will be a designated table to support families with internet access during pickup times. 

 

 

What are the hours for packet & technology pickup?

Packet and technology pickup will take place during the following times:

My student has supplies or medicine at school. Can I pick them up?

Yes. We will have a table during packet & technology pickup with people who will be able to take students to their classroom or locker to get any critical supplies. Please see pickup times above for windows to do so. Parents/legal guardians listed in Infinite Campus must be present for medicine to be released

Will attendance be taken during closure?

Yes. All children are expected to engage in daily distance learning throughout the closure, with the exception of Spring Break (March 30-April 3). Teachers and Aug Prep staff will be monitoring engagement of students throughout this period.

When does meal pickup start?

Aug Prep will provide breakfast / lunch for Aug Prep students and any children under 18 during closure following the schedule below: 

We are working to see if we can serve meals during Spring Break. We will update you when we know more.

NOTE: Beginning Thursday, March 19, Aug Prep will be able to provide breakfast/lunch to Aug Prep students AND any non-Aug Prep children age 18 or under. Please share this information with families you know are in need.

Will the Sixteenth Street Clinic location at Aug Prep be open during the closure?

The location at Aug Prep will be closed during closure but Sixteenth Street Clinic will generally remain open.  Please 414-672-1353 if you need to reach out to a health professional or schedule an appointment.

Are families still held to the same enrollment deadlines?

No.We’ve updated enrollment deadlines. Everything was pushed back a month. Here are the revised deadlines:

Acceptance of seat offer: Due April 20

NOTE: This can now be done by emailing a picture of the form (enrollment@augprep.org), or by dropping it in the dropbox inside the first set of doors daily from 7am-5pm. Enrollment booklets will be mailed upon receipt. 

Enrollment booklets: Due May 20

This can now be done by dropping it in the dropbox inside the first set of doors daily from 7am-5pm.

Is Aug Prep Closed? 

YES. Aug Prep is closed as of March 16, 2020. On Friday, March 13, 2020 Governor Tony Evers mandated that all public and private schools close through April 5, 2020. We did not make the decision to move closure forward lightly, especially knowing the impact this will have on our families. Our initial decision to remain open through Tuesday was to give students time to better understand the distance learning systems and our families time to plan childcare and schedules to allow for the extended school closure. Over the weekend, we have monitored the progress of COVID-19 in the Milwaukee area. While we have no known cases within either staff or students at Aug Prep, the risk of being carriers for our families and community was too great to remain open. Current plans are to re-open on April 6, 2020.

As a result, Aug Prep will have the following schedule: 

Is Spring Break moved? Why?

YES. Due to mandated closures, Spring Break for staff and students has been moved to March 30-April 3. While we understand some families and staff may have travel plans, ensuring the education and health of our students is our priority. Current state guidelines allow school to return on April 6 and we want to ensure we maximize student learning and minimize potential summer impact. 

We know that some families and staff have non refundable travel plans. We encourage you to see if those plans are able to be altered and recommend you monitor travel guidelines from the CDC. If your plans are unalterable, we ask that you provide some form of documentation for the travel (receipt, ticket, etc.) that includes the names of your students to covid19@augprep.org. We will partner with you regarding attendance and school expectations.

Will we have to make up days not in school?

We are waiting for guidance from the state regarding requirements and restrictions. While we know students and staff value summer and summer activities, due to the length of the mandated closure, extension into summer may be required.  We are moving spring break in an attempt to minimize the impact of a lengthened school year on both our staff and students. 

What does “distance learning” mean?

Aug Prep teachers have prepared lesson plans for all students using digital tools and paper packets for the coming weeks. Aug Prep teachers will also be available to engage and work with students using these tools. From 12pm (noon)-6pm on Tuesday, March 17 and 7am-6pm on Wednesday, March 18, Aug Prep staff will work with parents and students to signout technology and provide information packets to be utilized during the closure. Distance learning will begin on March 19.

We may have additional required student packet pickup dates during the course of the mandated closure. We will communicate with families in advance of those pickup dates.

What if I don’t have a computer or Chromebook at home?

Aug Prep is set-up to be a 1:1 technology school meaning we have a tablet (for younger students) or Chromebook for all students. From 12pm (noon)-6pm on Tuesday, March 17 and 7am-6pm on Wednesday, March 18, Aug Prep staff will work with parents and students to signout technology and provide information packets to be utilized during the closure. All students should take their power cords home with them. Most high school students should already have their Chromebooks and power cords — if this is the case they do not need to come in to pick up a packet. We will also provide information for technology support remotely should you run into any issues. 

What if I don’t have internet access at home?

We want to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to utilize technology to continue their education, even through the shutdown. Spectrum is currently offering free Sprectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 students who do not already have a subscription. If you do not have access to internet, please reach out to Spectrum directly by calling 1-844-488-8395 beginning Monday for more information. Or email covid19@augprep.org and we will have a team member work with you to get access. If internet is not available in your home, please still come to school to pick up technology and we will work with you. 

What if my student(s) have supplies or medication they need from school?

Student medications or supplies at the school can be picked up on Tuesday, March 17 from 12pm noon-6pm and Wednesday, March 18 from 7am-6pm. Parents/legal guardians must come pickup medications for them to be sent home.

Will students be able to receive meals during the closure? 

Aug Prep will operate an emergency food service program during the closure. Our school will provide breakfast and lunches every weekday of the closure (March 17-April 3) from 7am-9am. The pickup will be the front door of Aug Prep (drive up).  There will be no meals provided March 16 as we prepare for the closure breakfast/lunch program.

How will Aug Prep be keeping families, staff, and students informed regarding COVID-19?

Aug Prep is providing updates through Schoology, text, Remind, and also through email.  Please make sure your contact information is up to date at school. 

What about travel?

We strongly encourage families and staff not to travel, particularly to areas that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recommend you monitor travel guidelines from the CDC

How can we help prevent the spread of COVID-19? 

Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to contain the spread of illness and disease, including COVID-19. Though you will not be at school, please encourage regular handwashing, not touching the face/nose/mouth and sneezing into a tissue or elbow. See this link for a CDC video on good handwashing practice.  We also encourage all students and families to practice social distancing.

How will I know school is starting back on April 6?

As of right now, we will be back in school on April 6.  Should something change, we will communicate closure through all possible methods including:

COVID-19 Resources

Other questions? 

Please email covid19@augprep.org with other questions. 

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