For the 2021-2022 school year, Heritage will report the number of positive COVID-19 cases throughout the school as of each Wednesday.
Active cases week ending 9/15/21: 7
After having had the opportunity to review the feedback from parents and staff, the Heritage Christian Schools Board of Directors has approved the policy below, which was sent to you on Friday:
Beginning Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Heritage Christian Schools will no longer require mask wearing in our facilities. Wearing masks is encouraged. Please note the following precautions will remain in place:
The administration will continue to monitor active cases and quarantines within our school population and will make adjustments as necessary to this policy.
Our hope is as COVID-19 cases remain stagnant and low to further scale back some mitigation measures. While this decision departs from the recommendations of the Waukesha County Health Department, the administration will continue to receive and consider guidelines put forth by the Department.
We want to thank everyone who participated in giving feedback. While the majority of responders were in favor of this proposal (78% yes, 22% no), excellent points were made by many on both sides. At Heritage, we respect our differences and, in humility, seek to honor each other and learn from one another. May God unite us in the things that matter most, while we are gracious to those who differ with us in lesser things.
We continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the Waukesha County Health Department (WCHD) as it relates to “staying safe to stay open.” The County continues to recommend that schools maintain their COVID-19 mitigation strategies, which for the Heritage Christian Schools includes requiring masking indoors, sticking with social distancing, utilizing plexiglass partitions and more.
We will continue these practices through the remainder of the school year but please note the following change, effective immediately, in order to align with the County’s guidance:
As vaccination numbers increase and COVID-19 cases remain stagnant and low, our goal is to further scale back some mitigation measures for Summer Blast, which begins June 21. Specifically, HCS is considering additional changes to quarantining practices and is considering changing mask-wearing from required to recommended for all students and staff participating in summer school, both indoors and outdoors. Decisions made for summer programs will likely help inform our planning regarding mitigation measures in place for the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Dear Heritage Families,
Our goal is to keep students safe while continuing to deliver in-person instruction, where we can care for them not only academically, but also spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
As you may know, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently revised the recommendations for quarantines related to close contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Late yesterday afternoon, the Waukesha County Health Department (WCHD) sent a message to private schools informing us they are adopting these suggestions as guidelines. Heritage has consistently followed the lead of the WCHD, so we want you to know that this new protocol will begin starting today:
Please note we are asking that families report any student and family cases of COVID-19 to the main office during Christmas break so our staff can continue to conduct contact tracing. Call (262)432-0527 and leave a message if no one is available. When leaving a message, please tell us the date of the positive test, whether the student is symptomatic or not, and, if symptomatic, when the symptoms started.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through the complex issues surrounding this pandemic. We appreciate your prayers for wisdom and guidance as we move forward.
Q: What are the requirements for masks next year?
Q: Will Heritage be providing busing this year? Will safety precautions be in place?
Q: Is there an online option for schooling?
Wisconsin's Governor Tony Evers announced on July 30, 2020 that all people in the state of Wisconsin ages five and up must wear masks while indoors until September 28. This changes several things about the plan Heritage released earlier the same week:
While we are disappointed to see these areas of discretion taken away from us, we still strongly believe that the positives of having school five days a week outweigh these negatives. We will continue to make plans to provide the best experience possible for our students while training and inspiring them through exceptional, Christ-centered education and programs.
Dear Heritage Families & Friends,
In recent weeks, our administrative team wrestled with decisions that could impact the sickness or health of many, as well as the difficulty or convenience of doing school. These are some of the hardest decisions I've ever been a part of making. As you review our plan, please know our love for our students and teachers drove these decisions, and we understand you might not agree with them.
Please view this video explanation of the plan, along with much of the reasoning that went into it. I hope you and others will hear our hearts as much as our words. You can reference (see below) the attached the plan and the PowerPoint presentation from the video, as well.
Thank you for granting us the honor of serving your children!
In His love,
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Dear Heritage Families,
Today, March 13th, Gov. Tony Evers directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to mandate a statewide closure of all K-12 schools. According to the news release, the mandated closure will begin Wednesday, March 18th. School will tentatively resume Monday, April 6th. This decision is part of the state’s efforts to contain the coronavirus in Wisconsin.
Heritage Christian Schools will be complying with this mandate. Our Elementary through High School students already have the week of March 16th off for Spring Break.
Our Preschool will also be complying with this mandate, closing Wednesday, March 18th. Preschool will be held Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th.
Please know that there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus on either of our campuses.
On Monday, March 23rd, K-12 teaching staff will report to school to prepare and plan lessons and educational experiences they can deliver and support during our prolonged school closure. We anticipate implementing virtual and/or “distance” learning on Wednesday, March 25th. More information regarding virtual instruction will be shared with you on Tuesday, March 24th.
Please note that all extra-curricular and after school events between now and April 6th are also cancelled. The activities include sports practices and games, robotics meetings, and the spring musical practices. Currently, our spring musical, Peter Pan, is rescheduled for April 23rd-25th.
While away from school, we strongly encourage families to follow the guidance and recommendations provided by the CDC regarding safe hygiene and travel. Students and staff who travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school or work.
We recognize the significant burden this places on our families and community, but feel this is the right thing to do in response to an unprecedented health crisis. Our prayers will be with you as we walk this unknown path together.