Governor closes all K-12 schools in Wisconsin for COVID-19 spread prevention

Gov. Tony Evers has issued an order closing all Wisconsin public and private kindergarten-12th grade schools.

Schools will have to close by March 18, with an anticipated reopening date of April 6.

The order, issued Friday afternoon, states:

Based on the assessment of the information available regarding the infectious disease, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), closure is a reasonable and necessary step to prevent, suppress, and control this disease. “

Western Kenosha County schools — the ones we have heard from so far — have chosen to close to students, classroom instruction and other activities as of Monday. Parents will be informed as to what plans are made for alternative instruction. The plan for most is to reopen at this point on April 6.

One exception to that is Bristol School. District administrator David Milz issued this statement: “There is no school for Bristol students beginning on Monday.  Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all school building activities including school-day instruction, before and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular activities, competitions, etc. are canceled.  The Executive Order is lifted for April 6th.  However, Bristol School’s Spring Break runs from April 6th through the 13th, with an anticipated return to Bristol School for Tuesday, April 14th.”

Other schools who originally had the same spring break schedule are Central HS, Salem School and Brighton School.

At Salem School, which had the same spring break scheduled, a more ambiguous statement is posted at the school’s website: “DPI’s guidance suggests an anticipated reopening on April 6th, which coincides with the start of our spring break. It is possible that we could be directed by DPI to move our spring break to within the mandatory school closure timeframe. More information will be communicated as soon as it is available.”

Central HS will be closed from March 16-April 3, district administrator John Gendron said.

Brighton School District administrator Matt Eggert said current plans are for that school to be closed March 16-April 4.


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