Superintendent Update

School District of Brodhead COVID-19 update: 11-19-20

Dear Parent/Guardian:

There will not be a Parent Update sent out next week due to the Thanksgiving break. Hopefully you will not have to hear from me until after we return. Our story has not changed dramatically since last week. Our student numbers remain consistent, but staffing continues to be a challenge. The upcoming break will be a good time to take a deep breath and relax. If all goes well, we should have the majority of the active cases closed and back in school when we return. That would be something to be thankful for.

2020-21 School Year:
• Thanksgiving break is November 25-29. Remember there is no school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving [November 25].
• December 2 is a non-instructional work day for the staff. Students will not have school December 2.

COVID Testing Sites:
• Rock County Testing:
o Free COVID-19 testing will be available weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. each day at Blackhawk Technical College – Central Campus, located at 6004 South County Highway G, Janesville WI. The last day of testing is December 10. The National Guard will not be testing on November 26-29 due to Thanksgiving.
• Green County Testing:
o Monroe Site-Green County 628 West 10 ½ Street, Monroe, WI 53566. Testing is on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
o Sign up for your Green County test ahead of time at gcpublichealth.org.

Updated Statistics: 2020-21 School Year:
• 36 total students/staff tested positive for COVID-19.
• 299 students/staff that have been considered close contacts.
• 81 students sent home due to COVID-19 related symptoms.
• Attendance rates: (approximate) Elementary School - 96%, Middle School - 97%, and High School - 99%. These are the percentages for November 12-18.
• 36 active cases in the District (either in quarantine or isolation due to positive test or close contact designation).

As you may have seen, many of the surrounding districts will be moving to virtual instruction through the holiday season. Our Board discussed this option but chose to stay in-person at this time. We are going to use the few weeks after the Thanksgiving break as a measuring tool. If all goes well, in January we will be able to return as normal. If not, we will more than likely have one or two weeks of virtual learning. We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to conclude this week’s message with a few thankful thoughts. First, thanks to all of the students that have worked extremely hard to be successful in this difficult time in their lives. Second, thanks to the parents/guardians for your guidance with your students as well as your understanding and cooperation with the schools and District. Third, to the staff that has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and successful learning environment. Finally, to the Administrative team and Board for providing the leadership and guidance necessary to have some semblance of success this school year. We have demonstrated what can happen when we all work together and that is something to be truly thankful for. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks, and stay safe.

Leonard Lueck
Brodhead Superintendent