NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – Because of the uncertainty and the rapidly changing nature of this outbreak, the Neenah Area School District advises all students and staff members to bring home their devices each night. At this point, the school will continue as scheduled and all after school activities will continue to be held unless the event has more than 250 people in attendance. A communication related to school events of 250 people or more will be sent directly to the impacted families.
NASD says Wisconsin health officials are not recommending closing schools at this time. School closures can have significant negative impacts on our community. If a school has a student or staff member who has been in contact with coronavirus, NASD says it will work with Winnebago County Health Services to determine the best course of action. Below are considerations as NASD sees it for keeping schools open at this time:
- Children are not known to get seriously ill from COVID-19.
- Closing schools may not be effective because some children may congregate anyway at other locations.
- Many parents, such as healthcare workers, need to be at work. If these critical workers stay home with children it causes significant impacts on the healthcare system and other institutions that are essential for our community to function.
- If schools close, some children might have to stay home with alternative caregivers, such as elders, who are more vulnerable.