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  • Steps to Take if Your Student is Sick
    Please review this easy-to-follow flowchart, '
    Steps to Take if Your Child is Sick' for what to do when your students become sick with symptoms that might be similar to symptoms of COVID-19. 

    If your student has one or more symptoms from Part 1 or two or more symptoms from Part 2 of the Health Screening Checklist, they will be excluded from school, along with their siblings. Unless a negative Covid test result is received, symptomatic students must remain at home for 10 days starting the day after their symptom start date. Siblings must remain at home for 24 days. 

    Please plan ahead for your family's home/work situation so that you are prepared to have your sick child and their siblings at home if the need arises and please ensure that your phone numbers and emergency contact numbers are correct in SkywardIf your student becomes sick at school and/or is exhibiting or reporting symptoms from our Health Screening Checklist, it will be imperative that you pick them up as soon as possible. Siblings of the symptomatic student will also need to be picked up as soon as possible, even if they are showing no symptoms. 

    We are also depending on you to notify the school if your students will be absent. Please review and follow these Parent Attendance Line Expectations. Note that if your student is ill and you do not provide the requested information, then a front office team member will need to contact you via phone or email to complete the attendance information. Thank you in advance for leaving details in your absence notifications.

    Chronic Health Conditions/Symptom Management at School  
    If your student has a chronic health condition which may mimic COVID-19 symptoms, this is a good time to reach out to their health care provider to find out if he/she is willing to write a statement for our school records reflecting the student's diagnosis and any expected normal symptom patterns that could be seen at school. While we will reference this statement and discuss symptoms with you, there is still a chance that your students will need to stay home for symptoms that mimic COVID-19. Please know that we want to respect your student's chronic health condition and at the same time protect our district's population from illness.

    We understand that students missing in-person school due to illness causes many stressors for families. However, circumventing our protocols may only result in the further spread of illness to staff and fellow students causing others to quarantine, miss school/work, and even possible closure. Our goal is Stay Safe to Stay Open, and we are counting on your cooperation with these important protocols.

    Temporary Virtual Instruction Information
    Students who must transition from school to home because of an illness, isolation, or quarantine, can typically begin virtual instruction within one business day. Click here to view the Temporary Virtual Instruction For Students Under Quarantine/Isolation or Experiencing Symptoms of Illness document for guidance.

    Covid Information
    The Board of Education approved reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year can be viewed here. Please note that the document presents a general overview of the district's plan for reopening and due to the current fluid situation, the information is subject to change. Any revisions or updates to the plan will be communicated. 

    Please also see the COVID-19 FAQ page for the most up-to-date information.

    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 1:09 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • Red Ribbon Week
    We are excited to announce that our schools will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week during the week of Monday, October 26, 2020! Red Ribbon Week is about healthy choices, building community, and working towards our students’ bright futures.

    Please participate with us during this week to celebrate and celebrate this initiative with us. Click here to view the Red Ribbon Week letter from Dr. Gunderson.

    Monday, October 26th: Wear Red! 
    Tuesday, October 27th: Bring a healthy snack to school to enjoy!
    Wednesday, October 28th: Write someone you care about a note of appreciation with a few kind words.
    Thursday, October 29th: Enjoy 20-30 minutes of physical activity!
    Friday, October 30th: No School! While at home enjoy 10-15 minutes of mindfulness and relaxation activities!

    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 1:08 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • Upcoming No School Days

    Upcoming No School Days

    --- Friday, October 30th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
    --- Monday, November 16th: Teacher Professional Development Day
    --- Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27th: Thanksgiving Break
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 1:07 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • Faye's Pizza Fundraiser
    The Kennedy PTG is very excited to do another fundraiser with Faye’s Pizza. Faye’s Pizza is located in Sheboygan and is a full-service restaurant that also makes their pizza fresh to frozen for fundraising events. Kennedy has had a very positive experience with this fundraiser and has also gotten very good feedback on how delicious these pizzas are. They are perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or a game day snack.

    Order forms and money are due to the Kennedy office by Friday November 6th. Pizza pick up day is on Friday November 20th in front of Kennedy from 3:30-6:00 p.m.

    All checks should be written out to Kennedy PTG, cash is also accepted.

    Please write your student's name 
    and the total amount due on the order form. Order forms will be returned when you pick up your pizzas.
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 1:06 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • Get Pumped for Grafton Schools!

    During the month of October, the Citgo Gas Station at 1706 Wisconsin Avenue in Grafton is donating two cents for every gallon of gas that is sold to the Grafton Education Foundation. Fill up your tank and help support GEF's mission to raise funds for our schools! 
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 1:05 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • Notes from the Office

    Kennedy Spirit Wear Wednesdays!
    Starting in November, each month we will have a Spirit Wear Wednesday when students and staff can come to school in their favorite Kennedy spirit wear and/or our school colors of blue and white. Click here for a calendar of Spirit Wear Wednesday days. Our first Spirit Wear Wednesday will be Wednesday, November 11th. Make sure to check out the Kennedy Spirit Wear Online Store to purchase some awesome Kennedy gear!

    Reusable Water Bottles from Home
    Please be sure your student is bringing a reusable water bottle to school every day to use in their classroom. Our drinking fountains are turned off for safety reasons but water bottles can be filled and refilled at hydration stations located throughout the school. 

    Update to 2020-21 School Year Calendar
    On September 28th, our Board of Education met and, at the recommendation of our administration team, approved three additional No School Days/Teacher Professional Development days for the 2020-21 calendar. These days are:

    --- Monday, November 16, 2020
    --- Monday, December 14, 2020
    --- Monday, April 26, 2021

    These additional days will ensure that our teachers are able to continue to provide high quality instruction to our students who are attending school both in-person and virtually. The collaboration and in-depth learning on effectively using technology will be essential for us to continue to offer in-person instruction this year. Click here to view the updated district calendar

    Winter Weather Gear
    As the weather gets colder it is imperative that you send your student with the proper outside clothing. Coats are required outside when temperatures are below 60. Hats and gloves are strongly encouraged during the winter months. Boots and snow pants are required outside when there is snow on the ground. Please be aware: students must bring their own winter outerwear items from home and should not ask to borrow items from the Kennedy office this year due to COVID concerns. If your student does not have the proper outside clothing for recess a parent/guardian will have to deliver that item to Kennedy before recess begins.

    School Lunch Menu
    This year students who want a school lunch will have the two options to choose from. Please be sure you discuss these lunch choices at home with your student. They should know what lunch they are getting before they get to school. This helps the morning classroom routines run smoothly and efficiently. Click here to view the current elementary school lunch menu. 

    Pedestrian and Motorist Safety
    A friendly and important reminder to all motorists and pedestrians to keep a watchful eye during times of student drop-off and pick-up. Our motorists should seek to drive at slow speeds, obey all signage, keep watch of cars and pedestrians, and be vigilant near sidewalks and crosswalks. Our pedestrians should use available walkways, give cars ample space, and should make eye contact with motorists and be certain you are seen (and being yielded to) prior to crossing the path of traffic. Following these important tips will ensure that we all have a safe and successful experience while arriving at and departing from school.

    Virtual Learning and Technology Questions

    If you are experiencing problems with your virtual classroom links, or problems with your devices, please contact the Grafton Technology Department at helpdesk@grafton.k12.wi.us for assistance. For more information regarding virtual learning, click here to visit the Kennedy Virtual Learning Information Page.

    School Visitors

    We are currently limiting the number of visitors inside the school building. Please enter the main doors into the vestibule and ring the buzzer. Most likely instead of you entering the building, our office staff will assist you by using the speaker. Items to be dropped off for a student or staff member should be labeled accordingly and placed on the black cart in the vestibule. If the item you are dropping off is time-sensitive, please let our office staff know through the speaker, and we will retrieve it and deliver it right away.

    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 1:03 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • Kennedy Spirit Wear Online Store

    The Kennedy Spirit Wear online store is now open! From t-shirts and sweatshirts, to face-masks and lanyards, get all your Kennedy Elementary gear at https://silkscreenwi.com

    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 12:18 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • PTG News
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 12:17 PM by Stacy Fischer
  • UPDATE: Free School Meals Extended!

    The Grafton School District is participating in a nationwide waiver extension by the USDA that provides meals at no cost. Every one of our students, whether learning in-person or virtually, can receive free meals through the end of the school year (unless funding terminates prior to that date). Students enrolled at JLMS and GHS will also have access to a free breakfast. Please keep in mind that any ala carte purchases, including milk purchased separately from a meal, will be charged to students’ food service accounts.  

    In-person students do not have to take any action to receive these free meals.  

    Parents/guardians of virtual students will need to sign up for meal pick-up using the Pick-up Lunch Order form. Meals can be picked up at the Grafton High School door #19 (next to the athletic entrance) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm. The Tuesday pick-up will include meals for Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Thursday pick-up will include meals for Thursday, Friday, and Monday.  

    Additional details are available here. Questions about the program can be addressed to the district’s nutrition financial coordinator, Kari Wall, at 262-376-5424 or kwall@grafton.k12.wi.us. 

    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 12:15 PM by Stacy Fischer
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