Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 31, 2020

Dear Xavier Families,

I hope this email finds you safe and well. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation as we've initiated remote/e-learning. Please know that the Xavier System remains committed to supporting students and families during this unprecedented and challenging time. As you know, our school administrators, faculty, and Tech Team are working hard to navigate the new and challenging landscape of e-learning, and I'm grateful for their diligence and commitment. In addition, our Xavier COVID-19 Response Team is meeting regularly to review our remote/e-learning initiatives and manage school operations. Like so many of you, we are trying to move forward prudently as we learn new information. Allow me to provide some updates:

Spring Break
As you know, Spring Break in the Xavier System is scheduled for the week after Easter (April 13-17). After significant, prayerful deliberation, we've decided to continue with Spring Break as scheduled. Spring Break provides a much needed and deserved break for our employees, students, and families. Keeping Spring Break as originally scheduled allows us to focus on necessary preparations and adjustments necessary for continued remote/e-learning through April 24, and most likely beyond this date. With this in mind, we want to update you on plans to continue our remote/e-learning initiatives. 

Remote/E-Learning Expectations
Faculty continue to follow the remote/e-learning expectations developed for each campus and available on our website. By April 6, principals will update families on specific plans for remote/e-learning for the upcoming weeks.

Please note: Based on recommendations from the Appleton Health Department, we are restricting employee access to our school buildings. We are making decisions based on the information currently available to us, which is challenging because the situation continues to change and evolve. Throughout this time, the safety and well-being of our students, employees and families has been at a center of all decisions. Restricting access to school buildings will prevent teachers from updating student packets and limit their access to some resources. We are working with our educators to mitigate the impact on teaching and student learning. We ask for your continued patience with teachers as they continue to navigate e-learning and develop effective strategies to support our students, especially our younger students. 

Distribution of Additional Chromebooks:
Since remote/e-learning will now continue to at least April 24 (and possibly beyond), we want to ensure students have the necessary access to Chromebooks and the e-learning activities designed by their teachers. In addition, since we are having success with e-learning with elementary students and are no longer able to continue with the distribution of additional student packets and resources, we are now recommending that students in Kindergarten, Grade 1 & Grade 2 have access to devices and the opportunity to participate in e-learning enrichment activities selected and designed by their teachers. 

Therefore, on April 15-17, we will distribute additional Chromebooks to families (in accordance with the state's Safer at Home order and guidelines for the Appleton Health Department).  

To assist us with coordinating these efforts, families requesting additional Chromebook(s) must complete our Chromebook Request Form by Friday, April 3. Confirmation and complete details about distribution of Chromebooks will be shared with families who complete the request form. If you have questions about the distribution of additional Chromebooks, please email the Xavier Technology Help Desk at 

Here is the link to the Xavier Chromebook Request Form

Report Cards for Xavier Elementary & Xavier Middle Schools 
During the school closure, we are requesting that families access 3rd quarter summaries in PowerSchool. Families can access PowerSchool via  PowerSchool: Student and Parent Sign In

If you have problems accessing PowerSchool and/or your student's summary for 3rd Quarter, please email the Xavier Technology Help Desk at:  A member of our Technology Team will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible. For other questions about report cards, please email your student's teacher.

Please note: Kindergarten report cards will be sent to families.

The Inspiring Words of Pope Francis
During this challenging time, we are reminded of our need to rely on God's grace and support one another. On Friday in his Urbi et Orbi ("To the City and to the World") address from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis offered prayers for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concluding his meditation, Pope Francis entrusted us all to the Lord, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so that our faith might not waiver in this time of crisis:

"Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter's rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God's blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: 'Do not be afraid' (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, 'cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us' (cf. 1Pet 5:7)."

Here is a link to video of the complete address by Pope Francis

Inspired by the words of Pope Francis, please continue to pray for all of our students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and benefactors. In addition, let us continue to pray for the ill, health care professionals, government officials, and all of our brothers and sisters across the globe who are affected by this pandemic.

In Christ,

Dr. John Ravizza
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System

en español: Spring Break & E-Learning Updates


Greetings to Families, Staff, and Friends of Xavier,

I hope this email finds you well. At the end of this first week of eLearning at our four campuses, I wanted to take a few minutes to check in and focus on our humanity rather than our technology.

First, I want to send out a huge "thank you" to our principals, teachers, and staff. Within a period of a few days, they stepped up to create a brand-new teaching paradigm designed to deliver the content and personal touch that is critical to learning. We have always known that our teachers are second to none. This week put an exclamation point on that sentence.

Second, heartfelt appreciation for our parents and caregivers who were suddenly thrust into the role of daytime facilitators for their students' education. It is certainly a different role at the high school level versus the elementary grades. You've succeeded admirably! I've been reminded that there is a large difference between "home schooling" and "crisis schooling" which is what you are called upon to implement during this period. And yet our Facebook pages are filled with innovative new ways that moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers have come up with to fight monotony and cabin fever. Keep sharing. It's what makes Xavier a true community of learners, believers, and friends!

I also want to provide reassurance to our families who might find themselves suddenly out of work, or working reduced hours. During this difficult period, I don't want families in that category to feel like your children cannot continue at Xavier because of a genuine inability to pay. When times get tough, we make every effort to ensure that not a single student will leave us because of finances. We'll find a way to make it work. I'd ask that you contact us if you fit into that group. We will work with you moving forward.

Third, but not least important, kudos to our parishes, priests, pastoral leaders, youth ministers, and other support functions at the parish level. We have been blessed with an outpouring of spiritual outreach. Special shout out to Mrs. Amy Krull, who quickly worked with Father Tim Shillcox to ensure that the middle school weekly Mass would go on as planned, and streamed online. Ms. Kelly Wilda facilitated a Friday Mass with our chaplain, Father Adam Bradley, who was joined by Father Mark Mleziva and one of our diocesan seminarians. And each of our parishes mobilized quickly to ensure that our students and parishioners had the opportunity to celebrate Mass that was livestreamed from those parishes, both during the week and on the weekend. WFRV-TV provides Mass at 10:30 am on Sunday with Bishop David Ricken as presider. At the end of this message, I've included links to each of our Appleton parishes. Please stay in touch with them and take part in the many online opportunities for prayer and spiritual support that they provide.

I also want to make a special request. The vast majority of revenue coming into the parishes is the result of Sunday Mass collections. With the decision to put public Mass celebrations on hold, our parishes face a significant loss of revenue, at least in the short term. If you are able, I encourage you to maintain your financial support of your parish. For your convenience, consider moving to ACH donations. None of us should take that parish support for granted. In addition to the many parish services, the eight Appleton parishes are significant contributors to Xavier's overall financial obligations, including salary and benefits for our dedicated teachers and staff.

Finally, I just want to make a few observations of what I see happening in our communities. Individuals from all walks of life are stepping up to make an unfathomable situation somewhat more bearable. Online dance parties crop up on a regular basis. Families are joining for movie nights, a welcomed alternative to non-stop soccer, baseball, softball, and dance practices. New book clubs provide a way for people with common interests to renew friendships. And these times offer a way for us to spread our wings. Michelin Star Chef Massimo Bottura is offering free cooking classes on Instagram. He calls the series "Kitchen Quarantine." Rosetta Stone announced a phenomenal rise in interest from those who want to use this time to learn a new world language. The list goes on.

Over the next several days and weeks, you will continue to receive updates on the status of our online learning initiatives and System-wide developments. Dr. John Ravizza, our superintendent, continues to work closely with our principals and teachers to implement these plans.

As we all continue to work together with faith in our future, please join me in the prayer at the end of this message. It is provided to us by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We pray in solidarity. Let's continue to pray that our fear and anxiety be replaced with peace, trust, hope, and calmness.


Ray's signature

Deacon Ray

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
    We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
    We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
    We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
    We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
    We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
    We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
    We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision-makers,
    We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
    Grant peace.
    Grant comfort.
    Grant healing.
    Be with us, Lord.

Copyright © 2020, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Our Appleton Parishes

Sacred Heart Parish
St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernadette Parish
St. Joseph Parish
St. Mary Parish
St. Pius X Parish
St. Therese Parish
St. Thomas More Parish

en español: System Update 3/28/2020



Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, the Appleton Area School District (AASD) will be providing free meals to students in need at six additional locations

·        Free meals can be picked up at the following locations (see below), Monday through Friday, at the times indicated.
·        Free meals will be available Monday through Thursday of spring break week (April 6-9).  Two days of meals will be distributed on April 9. 
·        Pick-up locations will be set up so families do not need to enter the school to receive meals.
·        All meals will be served in a “grab and go” fashion and will include milk.
·        Meals will include a pre-packaged lunch for the current day, and prepacked breakfast for the next day.
·        Pick-up locations at the six elementary schools will be in the main parking lot, please look for the white AASD food service truck.

IMPORTANT: Meal pick-up times and details may be adjusted as needs are evaluated.





Kaleidoscope Academy

318 E. Brewster St.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Door D – front of building

Madison Middle School

2020 S. Carpenter St.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Door G – Back of building

Wilson Middle School

225 N. Badger Ave.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Door Q – north parking lot

Badger Elementary

501 S. Bluemound Dr.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Parking lot

Columbus Elementary

913 N. Oneida St.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Parking lot

Highlands Elementary

2037 N. Elinor St.

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Parking lot

Horizons Elementary

2101 Schaefer Circle

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Parking lot

Jefferson Elementary

1000 S. Mason St.

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Parking lot

Johnston Elementary

2725 E. Forest St. 

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Parking lot



Dear Xavier Families,

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation over the past week. This has been a challenging time for all of us. In the Xavier System, we pride ourselves on our connections and meaningful relationships among our students and educators. This school closure creates unprecedented challenges, which we are meeting as they come. Please know the Xavier System remains committed to supporting students and families as we transition to remote/e-learning.

Helpful Resources for Xavier Students & Families

During our school closure, Xavier educators will provide students with age-appropriate and grade-level appropriate learning activities. As we prepare for the start of our remote/e-learning on Monday, March 23, we encourage our families to use PowerSchool and teachers' PowerSchool Learning pages to monitor assigned activities. Here are some helpful links and resources for each campus:

Xavier Elementary-McDonald St.: Teacher Pages
Xavier Elementary-Marquette St.: Teacher Pages
Xavier Middle School: Teacher Pages
Xavier High School Teacher Pages
PowerSchool: Student and Parent Sign In

A special thanks to all our faculty for making this transition to remote/e-learning as smooth and efficient as possible for our students and families. This is further evidence of the dedication, commitment, and ingenuity of our teachers. Also, special thanks to our Technology Team for all their work this week. 

Questions about Remote/E-Learning

If students or families have questions about e-learning activities or expectations, here are the recommended steps:

Step 1:Email your teacher to get clarification
Step 2:If you are unable to connect with your teacher, please email your school administrator
Step 3:If you continue to have questions, please email Dr. John Ravizza, Superintendent, at:

Please be patient with teachers--especially during the first few days of our remote/e-learning. Teachers will be checking emails periodically on weekdays from 9:00am-3:00pm. If you email teachers during this time, you may need to wait 24 hours before getting a response, longer if on weekends or outside of this timeframe. If students have questions or problems, they may want to contact a classmate for clarification and/or assistance. Otherwise, follow the steps above.

If you have technology questions, we encourage you to email the Xavier Technology Help Desk at: These emails immediately create a Help Desk ticket and are shared with all members of our Xavier Technology Team. A member of the team will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible. Once again, please be patient during the first few days of implementation. Our Tech Team will be reviewing and responding to Help Desk tickets Monday-Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Once again, you may need to wait 24 hours for a response. If you continue to have technology related questions or problems, please reach out Ms. Sarah Simon, our Educational Technology Specialist, at

Please note: With over 20 millions users worldwide, PowerSchool Learning has experienced slower speeds and degraded performance during high traffic periods. Please be patient. PowerSchool is aware of the issue. 

Technology Safety Resources for Parents

As always, our parents are the first and most important teachers of our students. Parents should discuss and review appropriate use of technology and always monitor students' use of technology. Here are some helpful resources for families:

Diocese of Green Bay-Safe Environment: Lesson Plans & Resources for Children - endorsed by the USCCB, this site provides resources for students and parents on safe and appropriate use of technology.   

In addition, resources and updates from the Diocese of Green Bay are available at:

During this challenging time, we are reminded of our need to support one other and for God's grace. Please continue to pray for all of our students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and benefactors. In addition, let us pray for the ill, health care professionals, government officials, and all of our brothers and sisters across the globe who are affected by this pandemic.

In Christ,

Dr. John Ravizza
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System

en español: E-Learning Resources for Xavier Families - 3/20/2020


Free Lunch (and Breakfast)

Gov. Tony Evers ordered all Wisconsin public and private schools in the state to be closed through at least April 6, 2020. To ensure no child goes hungry, some local schools will be handing out free lunches (with a breakfast for the next day). You do not need to be on the free and reduced lunch program and you can go to whichever location/school is most convenient for you. Children must be present to receive a meal.

Appleton Area 
Kaleidoscope Academy, 318 E Brewster St, Appleton: Door D (front of building)
Madison Middle School, 2020 S Carpenter St, Appleton: Door G (back side of building)
Wilson Middle School, 225 N Badger Ave, Appleton: Door Q (access from north parking lot)

Bagged breakfasts/lunches will be available starting Tuesday, March 17 from 11 am – 1 pm, at three school district distribution sites.  All meals will be served in a “grab and go” fashion and will include milk.  Meals will include a pre-packaged lunch for the current day, and prepacked breakfast for the next day. Free meals will not be available during AASD scheduled spring break, April 6 through April 10. IMPORTANT: Meal pick-up times and details may be adjusted as needs are evaluated.

Kimberly Area 
Westside Elementary School, 746 W. Third Ave, Kimberly: front door pick up
Kimberly High School, 1662 E. Kennedy Avenue, Kimberly: front door pick up

Meals are free to all children 18 years, Monday through Friday, 11 am – 1 pm.

Menasha Area
Clovis Grove Elementary School, 974 9th Street, Menasha: Front Door (Door #1)
Maplewood Middle School, 1600 Midway Rd, Menasha: West Parking Lot (Door #3)
Menasha High School, 420 7th St, Menasha: Parking Lot by the Field House (Door #18)
Meal Pick-Up Site, Schindler Place Apartments, Menasha: Between Apt. #300-500 Schindler Place

FREE pick up lunch (hot meal) and breakfast is available for all children, 18 years and younger.  Monday – Friday: 11 am – 12 pm

Neenah Area
All children 18 and under are eligible to receive a free lunch and breakfast for the following day during the school closure period due to COVID-19. 

Ten buses staffed by District volunteers will make stops at 97 different locations throughout the District on weekdays from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3. There will be meals delivered during spring break March 23-27. If the school closure is extended in April and May, the meal delivery will continue.

Bus drop off locations and times

We are including this link from Go Valley Kids that includes additional information about local businesses that are providing free meals.

en español: Free Lunch (and Breakfast) - 3/19/2020


To Xavier Parents and Staff,


I want to update you with information that our senior management team and COVID-19 Response Team agreed upon today. Please keep in mind that we will continue to provide process and procedures to you as they become available. 

School Schedule. For this week, Monday and Tuesday should be treated as conventional school days. There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please feel free to use your own discretion if you prefer that your student should be kept home from school before Wednesday. The current plan, per the Governor Evers Executive Order, is that school will resume on April 6th. There will be NO extracurricular activities of any sort taking place at our facilities beginning at 5 p.m., March 17th, and continuing through the balance of the closure. That includes league play, captains' practices, drills, robotics, etc.

Free Lunch. In order to meet the needs of our students who may not have access to nutritious meals, during the closure personnel will be distributing bagged meals at several locations. Similar to our summer process, in partnership with the USDA, Wisconsin DPI, and local public school districts, these meals will be available at four locations in Menasha and three locations in Appleton. Please click here for the free lunch information at the Menasha locations. Please click here for the free lunch information at the Appleton locations. There are additional locations throughout the Fox Valley. Please contact us for additional information. Free meals at these walk-up or drive-through locations are available to any student 18 years old or younger, and are NOT restricted only to Free & Reduced Lunch recipients. Children must be present to receive a meal.

Campus Cleaning. Students are not permitted in any campus building during this closure. Access to classrooms, lockers, fitness centers is not available. No exceptions. Please ensure that your student takes home everything that will be needed during this period of eLearning. Chris Bohne, who is coordinating our campus maintenance operations, will ensure consistency for expectations, standards, and communication in this regard. We are coordinating our maintenance and sanitization protocols with the appropriate parish officials at the Marquette St. and McDonald St. campuses.

eLearning.  Any family with children in grades 3-8 without a device at home for your child to do online learning can use a school device at no cost. Please click on this link for additional information. This will also include the process for accessing Google accounts, teacher webpages, and an option for free wifi. eLearning plans are being developed, and that information should be available at each campus on Thursday/Friday. eLearning will begin System-wide on Monday, March 23.

Phones. The main System phone line (920-735-9380) will be open during this period. If your call is not answered immediately, please leave a voicemail.

SCRIP Office. For your convenience, Scrip will be available  through March 20th only at the Scrip Office, 101 E. Northland Ave.

The NEW Passion Play and Grease performances have been cancelled.

Please be assured that all faculty and staff continue to look for ways in which we can facilitate your needs during this unprecedented experience. Please don't hesitate to contact me or your campus principal if you have additional questions, comments, or concerns.

"May fear and anxiety be replaced with peace, trust, hope, and calmness."

Deacon Ray DuBois

en español: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 16, 2020


Dear Xavier Community,

In light of recent events, we wanted to update you on the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As we shared on February 27, we have been coordinating our efforts with the Appleton Health Department. In fact, on March 5, our System leadership, school principals, and other key members of the System met with representatives from the Appleton Health Department to get updated on COVID-19 and to review the protocols and procedures at each campus.

To further assist our System, we have assembled a COVID-19 Response Team that is meeting regularly to review information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Diocese of Green Bay, and the Appleton Health Department. 

The focus of this group is to take the necessary precautions to keep our students, families, and employees safe and to ensure that we are appropriately updating our community on our response to this pandemic. In addition to taking the necessary precautions to hopefully keep our schools open, the Response Team has begun designing contingency plans if we were to experience school closures. This includes plans for remote/e-learning for our students during an extended closure of our schools. The Xavier System website will continue to provide the most current information as well as links to helpful resources. 

As the situation evolves, we will continue to collaborate with the Appleton Health Department and take appropriate actions to keep everyone informed and safe. Please continue to pray for the ill, health care workers, government officials, and the entire Xavier community. 


Deacon Ray DuBois

Dr. John Ravizza

en español: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 13, 2020


From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services:
Gov. Evers Declares Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today declared a public health emergency in response to new cases of COVID-19, directing the Department of Health Services (DHS) to use all the resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak. Just this week, Wisconsin has had 5 new cases of COVID-19 and Illinois and Minnesota have also seen increased cases. With these new cases there needs to be extensive contact tracing to contain the spread of COVID-19. Wisconsin also has 37 residents returning to Wisconsin from the Princess Cruise Ship who may have been exposed and need to be in monitored self quarantine for 14 days.

“We have been working aggressively to slow the spread of COVID-19, and this declaration allows us to get the resources we need to continue to be proactive when it comes to protecting Wisconsinites,” said Gov. Evers. “It is the latest step in the work our state agencies have been doing around the clock with our healthcare partners to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic.”

The governor signed an executive order that directs DHS to take all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent and respond to incidences of COVID-19. It allows the Department to purchase, store, or distribute appropriate medications, regardless of insurance or other health coverage, as needed to respond to the emergency. It also authorizes state funds to support local health departments with costs related to isolation and quarantine, as well as the use of the Wisconsin National Guard.

Executive Order #72 can be found here.

Wisconsin's latest cases are in Piece, Dane, Fond du Lac, and Waukesha counties. The state's first confirmed case of COVID-19 was discovered in Dane County in early February. That patient was exposed to known cases while in China, and after isolating at home has now recovered and is doing well. 

If COVID-19 begins to spread in Wisconsin communities, state and local public health officials will consider community interventions such as social distancing, replacing in-person meetings with telework when possible, reviewing workplace sick leave policies, modifying, postponing or canceling mass gatherings, implementing restrictions on visitors to residential treatment and living facilities, and closures of schools, childcare settings.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by state and local officials based on CDC and DHS guidance, as well as the scope of the outbreak.

People should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick, including:

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home when sick. 

“This can be a frightening time, but our state has incredible health professionals who are working to contain the spread,” Gov. Evers said. “We cannot do this alone, we need all hands on deck to protect the public from COVID-19.”   

Recently DHS released new guidance for mass gatherings and travel, which can be found at the DHS website linked below.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

To view the press conference from Gov. Evers, please click here.

en español: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 12, 2020


Dear Xavier Family,

We wanted to share with our families that we continue to work closely with the Health Department of the City of Appleton on the developing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). They regularly receive up to date, global information and data related to the COVID-19 virus and are in frequent contact with both state and national agencies.

We have a strong history of working closely and effectively with the Appleton City Health Department to keep our students, staff and families safe, healthy, and informed.As recently as last year, we partnered to work through a tuberculosis incident in our community. We are grateful for their ongoing support of our students' and families' health and wellness.

We will continue to be transparent with our families and community and will share any relevant updates related to COVID-19 on our Xavier Catholic Schools website and/or through more direct communication, as needed. To visit the CDC website for updates on the coronavirus, please click here.

What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time there are no recommendations related to COVID-19 beyond:

  • Stay at home when you are sick
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often
  •  Cover your cough and dispose of tissues
  • Follow public health recommendations if you have an ill household member

We want to share with you what we learned and encourage you to contact Appleton Health Department at 832-6429 should you have additional questions.

What if one of my students/staff recently visited China. Can they come to school?

• Healthy people who have visited China and were in the U.S. before February 3, 2020, can go to school as they normally would.

• If you have students or staff returning from China on or after February 3, 2020, public health staff will be notified by CDC, and will determine what level of precaution is needed for that person. Public health staff may advise that they stay home from school or work and take other precautions for a period of time after they return, even if they are well.

• Although precautions are necessary to prevent the entry and spread of COVID-19 into US communities, care should be taken to avoid stigmatizing students and staff who may have been exposed to the virus. Schools offer a welcoming, respectful, inclusive, and supportive environment to all and should continue to do so.

What if one of my students/staff had contact with someone who visited China. Can they come to school?

State and local public health authorities are contacting people in Wisconsin who may have been exposed to COVID-19 based on guidance from CDC, and those individuals are given specific instructions about whether they can go to school or work. Schools do not need to make that determination on their own. Unless your students/staff have been told by public health authorities to stay home from school because of their specific risk assessment, they do not need to be restricted from school.

Would I need to contact public health if I have a student returning from China?

• No, current travelers from China are being routed through certain airports where they are screened for symptoms.

• If travelers have symptoms and were recently in China, they will not be allowed to travel further. If they do not have symptoms, they will travel to their final destination. State and local health authorities will receive contact information of people within their jurisdiction who have recently traveled from China and will follow-up with them to monitor symptoms and ensure they are staying home, if necessary.

What is being done to keep us safe?

Currently, the risk of COVID-19 to the general public in Wisconsin is very low. That said, public health authorities at the federal, state, and local levels are working around the clock to reduce the risk to the public. We are working to quickly identify and test anyone who may be infected to ensure they receive the appropriate level of care, and are isolated to prevent any additional transmission.

We are also coordinating with CDC to identify travelers from affected areas of the world and ensure they are screened for symptoms and are monitored appropriately in case they develop symptoms.

What can you do to help if you have a student who is being asked to stay home from school by public health? 

To reduce the impact of this request on students who are asked to stay home from school, public health may ask that schools make reasonable accommodations to allow these students to continue their studies remotely and/or make-up missed lessons or assignments, in accordance with your school district's attendance policy.

For additional information about COVID-19 click here. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our partners at the Appleton Health Department or contact us directly.

God bless,

John Ravizza

Deacon Ray DuBois