IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ICS PARENTS & FAMILIES
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY & ORDER IN EFFECT UNTIL NOVEMBER 21, 2020
Governor Evers declared a new public health emergency in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. Executive Order #90, proclaims a public health emergency and designates the Dept. of Health Services as the lead agency to respond, authorizes the Adjutant General to activate the Wisconsin National Guard as necessary to assist in response, and directs all state agencies to assist as appropriate in the ongoing response to the emergency. The emergency shall remain in effect for 60 days, or until revoked by the Governor or by joint resolution of the Legislature.
The public health emergency also comes with a new face coverings order effective immediately. Emergency Order #1 requires face coverings for “every individual, age five and older” when the individual is indoors or in an enclosed space other than a private residence. Individuals may remove the face covering in the following situations:
- While eating or drinking.
- When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.
- While obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, such as dental services.
- While sleeping.
- While swimming or on duty as a lifeguard
- While a single individual is giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation for an audience, the single speaker may remove the face covering when actively speaking. While the face covering is removed, the speaker must remain at least 6 feet away from all other individuals at all times.
- When engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines.
- When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity, including when entering a bank, credit union, or other financial institution.
- When federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.
The face covering order shall expire on November 21, 2020, or by subsequent superseding emergency order.
Indian Community School is currently open to enrolled students and staff only (no visitors). For the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community, we are observing several health protocols including but not limited to: wearing masks inside the school, taking daily temperatures of students and staff, social distancing at all times, assigned seating on buses, frequent and extensive cleaning & disinfecting protocols, frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer, among other safety measures. Please follow the recommended protocols, including staying home if you are not well and parents keeping their children home if they are not well, regardless of symptoms. Waewaenen, Miigwech, Yaw^ko — thank you for your cooperation!
Further information will be updated on our website (www.ics-edu.org and on the Indian Community School Facebook page).
Updates from area Healthcare Systems:
What is COVID-19?
Because the situation is quickly evolving, the best way to stay informed is through the Wisconsin Department of Public Health website or the CDC website.
Following are some useful links for accessing more factual information about COVID-19.
How it spreads, Prevention and treatment, What to do if you are sick, Symptoms, Stigma and COVID-19.
Key Preventive Actions
The following is CDC’s list of key preventive actions we can all take to avoid the spread of disease:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Wear a mask or face covering to protect others.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?
If your child is ill, please keep them home and contact us to let us know they will be out ill that day. Also, we will be taking your child’s temperature each morning that they attend school (staff are also having their temperature taken and completing a Daily Health Survey). If there are concerns about your child’s health or if their temperature is above 100.4, they will not be able to remain at the school. If they are unable to attend school, we will contact you and ask that you pick them up as soon as possible.
Please keep your child home if they display any of the following symptoms or if you have reason to believe they have been exposed to anyone displaying any of these symptoms within the last 14 days:
Fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or loss of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.