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At ALCS, we strive to do everything 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.”  

ALCS Health and Safety

Health Etiquette: Proper etiquette in relation to health and safety is expected of everyone at ALCS and is vital to our wellness here at school.
Hand Care: We will continue to encourage good hand-washing practices and hand sanitizing at school. Students will be encouraged to sanitize their hands upon entering the building and each classroom/school space (e.g.: gym, lunch room).

Respiratory Care: We will use appropriate respiratory care when sneezing or coughing, such as covering one’s mouth, coughing into one’s elbow, use of tissues, etc.

Illness and Attendance at School: We will continue to have students, faculty, and staff stay home when they aren’t feeling well and, of course, when they are ill.

Parents know their children best and are the first line of defense in keeping illness out of school. We ask parents to do a daily health check, including checking the temperature of their child each morning before the student comes to school.

AT this time, ALCS will continue to check temperatures upon arrival each day as a precautionary measure. Face Coverings - Students: The decision of what is best for a student, we believe, resides with the parents of that student. Students are welcome to wear masks at school if a parent chooses such for their child, but the school will NOT REQUIRE students to wear masks during the school day. Students will be expected to treat each other with respect regardless of choice/need related to the wearing of face coverings. Unkindness, bullying, or teasing about wearing a mask or not wearing a mask is unacceptable behavior.

Household Close Contacts: ALCS recognizes that students who are close household contacts are still at the greatest risk of contracting COVID. We are following the CDC's COVID-19 quarantine and isolation recommendations. If your student is a close household contact, please see the "When to Stay Home" section to determine if and for how long your student needs to quarantine. Also, follow any instructions given by your doctor.

Face Coverings - Adults: We recognize the importance of adults making good health decisions due to the impact they have on the children in their care. We ask that any adult who will be in the presence of children – faculty, staff, volunteers, etc. – make wise choices regarding their health. As with students, adults may choose to wear a mask or not, pending their health and their conscience. It is expected that everyone will be treated with respect regardless of face-covering choice/ability.

Distancing: Students and faculty/staff will be encouraged to maintain a 3 foot physical distance at school. Students will be expected to continue to space appropriately at 3 ft in the lunch room as it is our most vulnerable point for illness transmission.

Travel: As per federal requirements, face coverings are still required on the ALCS Shuttle and other buses. Once this federal requirement is lifted, face coverings will be optional, but until that time, all students who ride a bus for a field trip or ride on the ALCS Shuttle for daily transport or a school event are required to wear a face covering.

Testing: ALCS will continue to provide COVID testing through our Student Services Office in partnership with Fitchburg Pharmacy. If a student or parent has a concern about exposure to Coronavirus or symptoms and needs a test, we are here to support you as a test site. ALCS offers both the PCR tests and rapid tests. We will continue to abide by CDC guidelines for returning to school after a positive COVID test.

Contact Tracing: After prayerful consideration of where we have been, what we have experienced related to the number of students quarantined, and what is best for our school, students, families, faculty, and staff, ALCS has decided to suspend contact tracing as long as the COVID metrics remain low.

ALCS will provide notice to parents of a class in which a student in that class has tested positive. Then, parents can determine if, due to their individual child’s health situation, they should quarantine their child or, at least, monitor their child’s health for the onset of symptoms.

Vaccination: Vaccination is a personal decision of the individual and their conscience and in consultation with their health care provider. Vaccination for students is the purview of the child’s parents. Guidance from the CDC and Public Health is that all students become vaccinated. We encourage parents to do their own research, consult their health care provider, and determine what is best related to vaccination. ALCS does not mandate vaccinations.

Ventilation: ALCS will continue to use open classroom windows to bring in fresh air throughout the year as the weather allows. Faculty are encouraged to use our outdoor classroom areas as often as possible. 

Monitoring: ALCS will continue to monitor what is happening in our school community as well as the greater Madison community. Health and safety decisions will be reviewed and updated when necessary. Parents will be notified in writing of changes.

We continue to share a common goal – the health and safety of our Challenger family. As we work together, we can keep ALCS a safe learning environment for all.

Please know that we continue to pray for God’s protection, provision, and wisdom as we partner with you to serve your family. We ask that you join us in praying for these final weeks of school . . . may they be safe and healthy!

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.

Home-Based Symptom Screening (CDC)

Caregivers:  If your child has any of the following symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others.

  • Temperature (external) of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from usual)
  • Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, check for a change from their baseline breathing)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Check your child for these symptoms before they go to school. Check symptoms for changes from usual or baseline health.

If your child DOES have any of the symptoms above:

  • Keep them home from school.
  • Get your child tested for COVID-19.
  • Contact your child’s school and report that your child is sick. The school may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school and about other people who may have been exposed.

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


Monday – Friday, 7:45 am- 4:30 pm

SCRIP can be purchased at the Business Office.

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.


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