COVID-19 Information

Please be assured that PRWS faculty and staff understand and share your concern for the well-being of our students, our employees and our school families during this high-stress time. Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the public resources linked below for the most detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19. Please bookmark this page as we will continue to update it with information as it relates to PRWS.

Any questions regarding our COVID-19 plans can be emailed to the PRWS Returning to School Task Force at [email protected] or you can call the school at 608-637-7828.

>>>PRWS COVID-19 Metrics and Scenario Info<<<

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child only has one symptom, can I send her to school? +

That depends on the symptom. If your child is experiencing ONE of these symptoms - new cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing or loss of taste/smell - then we ask that you keep your child home and contact your healthcare provider for guidance. If your child is experiencing only ONE of these symptoms – fever/chills, nausea/vomiting, congestion/runny nose, body/muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea, or headache – then we ask that you follow our normal illness policy and continue to monitor for other symptoms. If a secondary symptom appears then we ask that you keep your child home and contact your healthcare provider for guidance. The regular PRWS illness policy states to keep children home if they:

  • Complain of stomachache, headache, or earache
  • Have vomited or had diarrhea or unexplained rash within the previous 24 hours
  • Have had a fever within the previous 24 hours
  • Have a persistent cough/persistent sore throat
  • Are not well enough to be outside
  • Are in the communicable stage of a childhood disease
Our healthcare provider has recommended that our child receive a test, but our other children are healthy. Can they come to school? +

No, we ask that all siblings remain home until your child’s test result is back. The same would apply when a parent is ill and getting a test – all family members should remain home until results are back, as they are considered close contacts.

My child has symptoms but was diagnosed with something other than COVID-19. What do we do next? +

If your healthcare provider has diagnosed your child’s symptoms as something other than COVID-19 and didn’t recommend a test, then we ask that you keep that child home until 24 hours fever-free without any fever reducing medications, symptoms have improved, and a note from the provider releasing your child to return to school has been delivered to office (via the drop-box, fax, or email). If siblings are healthy, they could return to school after the office has received the doctor’s note.

My child’s COVID-19 test result came back negative, so what do we do now? +

Let the school office know. Your child should remain at home until 24 hours fever-free with no fever reducing medicine, symptoms have improved, and the school has either a doctor’s note to return to school or proof of negative test results. Siblings would be able to return to school as soon as a doctor’s release or test results have been received in the office.

If my child’s COVID-19 test results come back positive, what do we do? +

Keep your child home until 24 hours fever-free with no fever reducing symptoms, symptoms have improved, and it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared (OR no symptoms have appeared and it’s been 10 days since being tested). Quarantine other family members and monitor for symptoms until child has been symptom free for 14 days. Participate in a public health interview and follow guidance.

What do I do if my child was identified as a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19? +

You should keep your child home for at least 14 days (quarantine) since the last contact with the positive case and monitor for symptoms. If your child develops symptoms contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Even if your child tests and results come back negative, your child will need to complete the 14 day quarantine period before returning to school.

My child tested positive for COVID-19 and I am wondering how that is communicated at school? +

Schools have the right to inform the school community if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 so long as no personally identifiable information will be shared, including the individual’s name, grade, or if they are a student or staff member without the consent of the parents/individual.

Communication and Updates

Vernon County: Parent’s Guide to COVID-19 and Schools

PRWS COVID-19 Returning to School Plan – Draft

October 6: Town Hall Meeting Recording

August 20: Town Hall Meeting Recording

PRWS COVID-19 Archive

Public Resources and Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization Coronavirus Advisory Info
World Health Organization Coronavirus Q&A
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Page
Vernon County Public Health Department COVID-19 Information

Additional Resources 

How to Talk to Children About Difficult News
Explaining the News to Our Kids
How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
A Comic About What Kids Want to Know About the Coronavirus
Coping During COVID-19: Resources for Parents

Research and Resources

What We Know About COVID-19 Transmission in Children,  by Dr Naomi Bardach, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, UCSF. In this webinar, Dr Barcach discusses transmission in general, as well as her work with a summer camp in the Bay Area in July. This is the first presentation in Session 1. Session 2 is all about how the virus is transmitted and risk mitigation strategies for schools. It also discusses some basic metrics for safe reopening.

How the Virus Gets in and How to Block It: Aerosols, Droplets, Masks, Face Shields, and More,  UCSF COVID Grand Rounds from July 16, 2020: Covid-19

CDC COVID-19 page on Schools

COVID-19 School and Community Resource Library from Mass General Hospital (affiliated with Harvard) and routinely update. Currently 100 pages (most recent updates highlighted in green) divided into 20 sections, each section has a summary of current data and links to studies, articles, policy statements, et cetera. The task force has routinely returned to this resource to help answer specific questions and to learn about newer data as it is emerging. 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction COVID-19 Guidance

Wisconsin Department of Health Services School Guidance

American Academy of Pediatrics: Clinical Guidance related to COVID-19 and school re-opening, including their recently updated support for universal use of cloth face coverings in the schools. 

Harvard Global Health Institute for guidance on metrics and risk mitigation strategies for reopening.

Minnesota Department of Health School reopening guidance (link 1, link 2)

We Thought it Was Just a Respiratory Virus UCSF Magazine, Summer 2020. An excellent summary on COVID-19 illness with links embedded in the article.

Selected articles from the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): 
  1. SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in an Overnight Camp (in Georgia)
  2. COVID-19-Associated Multisystem Inflammatory in Children
  3. COVID-19 MMWR main list
US Data on COVID and Children update 7/30/2020 from AAP and The Children’s Hospital Association

FAQ on masks from a pediatrician (NY)

AAP data report on children and COVID from 8/13

Johns Hopkins School resources

Healthy Children Parent Handout on MISC (severe illness related to COVID in children)

Masks do more than protect others (cruise ship data on masks)