Take the Panther Pledge: Commit to Health & Safety
We need everyone's help to keep each other safe and in school. We have strong health and safety procedures in place at school based on policies that align with public health guidance (see Policy 565 and Policy 566).
Before coming to school, we need all students to complete the Panther Pledge/Daily Symptom Checklist each day. Please stay home when not feeling well or if someone in your household has a positive COVID-19 test. Print out the pledge and go through the checklist each day before coming to school. Click here for the Panther Pledge in Spanish.
Working Together to Stay in School
We all have a role in working together to keep students in school. Please note the following things that each Phased Restart family must do to help with this effort:
- Starting immediately: Report any positive COVID-19 tests in your household and/or required student quarantines/exposure as of January 4 and continuing through the end of the school year. Doing this will allow us to ensure that we are following the proper timelines for cases and exposures as more students begin in-person learning. Please contact the OSD Attendance Line at 608-835-4000, Option #1 to report cases. You will be contacted by a school nurse with any questions.
- Before your first day of in-person instruction: Familiarize yourself with OSD health & safety policies and review school-specific logistics (Kindergarten - Grade 6 email sent 1/7; Grade 7-12 will be sent by 1/22).
- Starting your first day of in-person instruction & daily thereafter: Screen your student at home using the Panther Pledge / Daily Home Symptom Screener for each student before coming to school each day. If your student is not feeling well, they may not come to school.
Health & Safety Questions
What health & safety measures does OSD have in place?
When should my student stay home from school?
What if there is a positive COVID-19 case in my household?
Are masks required in schools?
What kind of mask should my student wear to school?
Will students eat at school?
How does contact tracing work when there is a positive case?
What is the definition of a close contact?
How will COVID-19 cases be communicated?
Additional Sources of Guidance
The following sources informed our reopening plan. We will be specifically following guidance from Public Health Madison & Dane County. This guidance may differ from other states and counties within Wisconsin.
- Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC)
- WI Department of Health Services
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
- Harvard Schools for Health
- Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools