ICS is Mask Optional as of Monday, March 28th, 2022

  • When the COVID-19 Community Level is low or medium for Milwaukee County, and key ICS COVID-19 Dashboard metrics are green, yellow, or a combination of green and yellow, all students K4-8th grade will have the option to wear face masks or not. Masks will continue to be provided for those that want them.
  • Masking will be optional on school buses, but we will continue to make every effort to keep students seated with or near family members and we will limit mixing of students in the same seat whenever available seating makes that possible. What criteria determines a shift to “mask optional” at ICS?
  • We will continue to utilize several mitigation measures including:
  • HEPA filters in all areas of our school.
  • Hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day.
  • Routine cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
  • Social distancing when possible.

What criteria will determine a return to required masking?

  • Substantial or high community spread in Milwaukee County for at least two consecutive weeks.
  • Significant spread of COVID-19 here at ICS.

Building Visitors

  • All visitors to ICS will have the same school rules apply to them based on Milwaukee County and school levels. Information will be posted if we are in a “mask optional” or “mask mandatory “condition on our school website and on our entryway doors to the school.

Summary of ICS COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  • We are asking that parents/guardians monitor their child(ren) for signs of illness, including checking their temperature twice daily at home if you have the means to do so. If your child experiences COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your medical provider for further guidance and notify our school at (414) 525-6103.
  • We will continue to implement social distancing, maximize ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, use of hand sanitizer, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and our cleaning and disinfection protocols.
  • The wearing of face masks for students is optional while riding the bus; students will continue to sit in assigned seating.
  • The wearing of face masks for students, staff and visitors is optional. The school will supply face masks if needed. Masking outdoors will be optional.
  • ICS will continue the practice of maintaining cohorts for students while expanding the group to include the full grade level.
  • Parents and other visitors will remain limited to those visiting on official business.
  • School events and activities where ICS families or the community will be present will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will require Board approval.

While the health and safety of ICS staff, students, visitors, and the community remain a top priority, ICS will continue to re-evaluate the current state of the pandemic and will adjust our school’s COVID-19 protocols as warranted. The COVID-19 Dashboard will continue to be maintained on weekdays and will be used as a mechanism to help guide our decision-making as we move forward.

Indian Community School is currently open to enrolled students and staff. No visitors are admitted without a prior appointment. For the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community, we are observing several health protocols including but not limited to:  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.  Wa’įniginąp šąną  •  Wāēwāēnen  •  Miigwech  • Yawʌɂkó   — thank you for your cooperation!

Please check back on this page for the most accurate and up-to-date safety protocols. 

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.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Cases in the United States

Cases in Wisconsin

Global Map

What You Should Know

How it spreads, Prevention and treatment, What to do if you are sick, Symptoms, Stigma and COVID-19.

Key Preventive Actions for Schools

FAQ for Travelers

When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

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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.

Latest Updates from Governor Tony Evers HERE.

Latest Updates from the Center for Disease Control HERE.

How to Talk to Your Children about the COVID-19 Virus HERE

Latest Updates from the World Health Organization HERE.

Milwaukee County  Health Department Updates HERE.

Updates from area Healthcare Systems:

Ascension Health

Advocate Aurora Healthcare

Children’s Health System

Frodtert/Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical College of Wisconsin

Pro Healthcare

The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center