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Everything we do at ALCS, we strive to do with Godly wisdom and with excellence. We are seeking God more and more — we need His wisdom as we prepare to best serve our students and you, our parents.

Proverbs 24:3 says, “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.”  

Fall 2020–We were excited to welcome all of our students back for as long as possible on Monday, September 14, and are taking safety precautions to keep our students and staff safe!

Mr. Butler’s Update — Please take a few minutes and watch Mr. Butler’s latest message. 

Miss Barbie's Health Update- Please take a few minutes and watch Miss Barbie's health update here.

Chapel-Both elementary and MS/HS will continue to have chapel on Wednesdays in the City Church sanctuary.  Students will sit physically distanced and wear masks.  We are allowed to worship and will engage in doing so as well as learning more about the ‘Building Blocks of Faith’ each week from our speakers.  At this time, guests cannot join us for chapel, but we will open chapel to guests as soon as we can safely do so. 

COVID-19: When A Student, or Faculty/Staff Member Can Return to School

Isolation means keeping sick people away from healthy ones. This usually means that the sick person rests in their own bedroom or area of your home and stays away from others. This includes staying home from school.
Quarantine means separating people who were around someone who was sick, just in case they get sick. Since people who were around other sick people are more likely to get sick themselves, quarantine prevents them from accidentally spreading the virus to other people even before they realize they are sick.
Usually people who are in quarantine stay at home and avoid going out or being around other people. This includes staying home from school.
Close contact: An individual is considered a close contact if any of following is true:

  • Were within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes total in a day.
  • Had physical contact with the person.
  • Had direct contact with the respiratory secretions of the person (i.e., from coughing, sneezing, contact with dirty tissue, shared drinking glass, food, or other personal items).
  • Lives with or stayed overnight for at least one night in a household with the person.

These close contact criteria apply regardless of mask use, face shields, or physical barriers, such as Plexiglas or plastic barriers. The only exception is if a health care worker in a school setting is wearing the proper personal protective equipment. When an individual’s symptom, contact, or test status changes, their quarantine or isolation requirements should be reassessed.

SYMPTOMS
Symptoms are considered consistent with COVID-19 when one of the symptoms marked with a (^) or two of the other symptoms are present above baseline for that individual.

Next Steps for a Close Contact

14-Day Temperature & Symptom Log for Contact Tracing

Travel can be a valuable learning experience.  We appreciate that such learning is impactful and meaningful with the potential to build lifelong memories as well as expand horizons, introduce new ideas, and offer service opportunities for students.  Travel has its time and place in a student’s growth and development.

However, it is clear that during the season of COVID-19, travel also increases the possibility of exposure to the coronavirus and potential for the need to quarantine.

We also recognize that not all travel is equal either in necessity or exposure. 

As a final reminder, our block scheduling this year means academics are progressing twice as fast as in previous years.  Therefore, missing a week of classes is equal to missing two weeks of learning.

We strongly encourage families to schedule vacations and travel with due consideration and, if necessary, during school breaks. 

If you must travel, whether for a family funeral or some other essential trip, please ask yourself these questions:

  1. Will your child be able to travel and return safely without increasing the exposure of others at school?  Or, to put it another way - would you be comfortable if one of your child’s classmates took the same trip and then came back to school?
  2. How many close contacts will your family encounter during this trip? 
  3. Close contact is being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of an individual(s) who does not live in your home.
  4. Is the trip going to be limited in scope so that you can keep a list of all the people with whom you came into close contact?

Finally, before traveling out-of-state, please determine if your destination has any travel bans that may affect you once there or if Wisconsin has a travel ban that may affect your return.  Any quarantine requirements would add to the time of your trip and length of student being out of school. 
ex:  Chicago has a travel ban in place against Wisconsin.  Anyone going to Chicago is expected to quarantine for 14 days before completing their business in Chicago.

IF . . .  the trip is limited to a small number (under 15) of close contacts, none of whom were known to have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, the student may return to school without quarantining.

IF . . . during travel, you encountered multiple (15 or more) close contacts, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days.  If you wish to return to school sooner, you may have a COVID-19 test performed 5-7 days after your last close contact with anyone who does not live in your home.  If that test comes back negative, you may return to school once your results have been provided to the Administrative Office. 

IF . . . you will be participating in a mass gathering (50 or more people), you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  If you wish to return to school sooner, you may have a COVID-19 test performed 5-7 days after your last close contact with anyone who does not live in your home.  If that test comes back negative, you may return to school once your results have been provided to the Administrative Office. 

Resources

If you are looking to access the most factual and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please reference the CDC or the Dane County Department of Public Health.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Some key documents, websites, and information can be found as follows:
School Requirements
Child Care Center FAQs
What to do if you are sick or possibly exposed

CDC guidance-Community/schools/childcare: Symptom-screening
COVID-19 symptoms - assessment tool

Finally, we are including a link to Public Health Madison Dane County’s guidance and resource page as you might find it helpful.  Once they release decisions for schools, the information is posted herePlease Note: you need to scroll about halfway down the page to #6 – Review Sector Specific Guidance and Resources. . . There you will find the K-12 section.

Important Numbers

Phone:           608-221-1520
Fax:                608-221-8572

Admission Office:       ext. 338
Business Office:          ext. 332
Elementary Director:  ext. 333
Principal's Office:       ext. 450

Hours

Monday – Thursday, 7:45 am- 4:30 pm

SCRIP can be purchased at the Business Office.

You are required to wear a mask when you enter the building.

Mask Policy

Per Order #9, people five years of age and older must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in public, which includes in businesses, health care settings, waiting in line, and on public transportation. This updated order went into effect on Sept 2, 2020 at 12:01 am.

Exceptions are made for certain activities such as eating at a restaurant, but during those activities, 6 feet distancing is required at all times. Some people are also exempted if they have a physical, mental, or developmental condition or sensory sensitivity that prevents them from wearing a mask. Please see Public Health Madison & Dane County's (PHMDC) for more information.  Download more information here.

Talking to Kids

The following websites provide useful tips and information for taking with children about COVID-19. You might find them valuable as you discuss this health issue with your student.

CDC
KidsHealth
NASP