Dear Pathways High Families,
As many of you have likely heard, Governor Evers ordered all schools closed until April 6th. Some area schools are extending this to April 14th. At this point we will comply with Governor Evers and plan to return to school April 6th. However, we will continue to monitor this health situation and re-evaluate as necessary. Pathways High will continue to communicate via social media, through emails and robocalls as well as update our website www.pathwayshigh.org
Here is what we want to make you aware of at this juncture. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding in a highly fluid and challenging situation in recent human history:
School is closed, what now? On Friday students were given communication from teachers to begin virtual learning assignments and/or learning experiences on Monday, March 16th. Teachers have prepared for this shift from classroom to virtual learning. Students will need to do the following each day/week:
Students should login and complete daily assignments in Aleks. Their daily goal is to complete at least 4 topics a day or 20 topics in a week.
Students should log in to MyLC daily to access the seminar syllabus and the daily/weekly tasks. All learning for the week will be posted in each seminar series by 8:00 AM Monday.
Students will check in with their advisor twice weekly- Mondays and Thursdays via text/phone or email.
Students will have access to teachers daily through email. Teachers will be available to answer questions and support throughout the normal school day hours of 7:30-4:00.
How is the school monitoring student online activity? PH Chromebooks are equipped with monitoring software called Go Guardian that alerts us to any activity that a student may be involved in which seems inappropriate including alerts for inappropriate language. This software is still at work on PH Chromebooks even if they are off site. We can not monitor other devices.
What if my family does not have internet access? Spectrum's offering free internet for low-income families for the next 60 days; otherwise, please contact Pathways High at 414.943.2891:
What if I need to pick up my child’s medications or other items at their school? You can certainly do so. Please call ahead to make arrangements or stop in from 11-1 daily.
Will food service be available? Families can stop by PH daily between 11-1 (except for Spring break week) to pick up grab-n-go lunches. When picking up lunches we will also provide cereal and milk for the next day’s breakfast. We are also looking at other options for student meals and will communicate when we have further options.
Will the school year be extended? Yet to be determined; however, we are following DPI guidelines for virtual learning to count as instructional hours in order to avoid a long makeup time at year-end. Please know that it is a possibility.
What about my family’s travel plans? With National Emergency in mind, COVID-19 is now a pandemic, and with spring break upon us, we are requiring staff and asking parents to disclose with their building administration, their travel plans over the course of spring break. Aligning with the current recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days based on the following travel levels.
Please know, if you choose to travel and should you become ill while you are away, you may not be able to return home using public transport (for example, air travel) until you are well and released from possible isolation by the local public health department.
CDC and the DHS recommend the following with respect to international travel:
All travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, and most of Europe (Level 3 Travel Notice) widespread sustained, ongoing, spread and restrictions on entry to the United States
Older adults and those with chronic conditions avoid travel globally (Level 2 Travel Notice) sustained, ongoing, community spread
Further, CDC and DHS recommend that all travelers, particularly those with underlying health conditions, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease, such as non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and cruise ships.
Additional information on these international travel recommendations is available on the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel webpage.
Though there are areas within the United States where there is “sustained community transmission” of COVID-19, the CDC has not issued recommendations related to travel within the United States. In the absence of such guidance and with the goal of delaying the onset of sustained community transmission of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, DHS recommends the following domestic travel-related measures:
DHS recommends against all non-essential travel to any U.S. state where the CDC deems there is “sustained community transmission” of COVID-19. As of March 11, 2020, the CDC has determined sustained community transmission is occurring in the states of California, New York, and Washington.
For all travelers returning to Wisconsin from U.S. states where the CDC has determined that sustained community transmission is occurring, DHS recommends that those individuals self-quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing). The DHS COVID-19 webpage provides instructions on how to self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms.
Pathways High Staff