COVID-19 is an illness caused by a newly identified type of coronavirus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person in close contact through the respiratory droplets released by infected persons during coughing, sneezing, or even talking. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic in March 2020.

Below you will find information about the procedures and guidelines WCSD will use this year related to illness and COVID-19.

We ask that the parent/guardian please monitor their child(ren) for illness and review our
COVID-19 Screener daily, to determine if your child(ren) is safe to attend school.

If your child or someone in the household is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, here are the options to safely get your child(ren) back to school:

  1. Get tested: If tests positive by molecular test (PCR/NAAT) or rapid antigen test, follow the 10 day isolation protocol for the positive case and quarantine options for the unvaccinated siblings/household members. If tests negative by rapid antigen test, then would need to follow up with a molecular test (PCR/NAAT) to confirm test results.
  2. See your Healthcare Provider: the provider must provide a Return to School letter with an alternative diagnosis to explain symptoms your child is experiencing within the letter and when the child can return.
  3. Quarantine: a minimum of 10 days for the individual with symptoms and an additional 7/10 days for the other household members.

*Siblings/household members who are vaccinated or lab confirmed COVID-19 within 90 days of diagnosis, will not need to stay home if asymptomatic.

If your child presents to the health office during the school day with COVID-19 like symptoms, the health office will contact the family to discuss these options above and send the child home.

Testing Information
WCSD has partnered with COVID Clinic to provide testing using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag tests on site/at school during school hours. Testing is free to our students, staff and household members. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide PCR testing.

Families/Staff will need to complete two consent forms:

  1. WCSD Student Consent form must be completed by the parent/guardian or individual prior to testing. This form is valid for one year.
  2. Register with COVID Connect 2.0 (coming soon). This form is valid for one year.
  3. Consent forms can be withdrawn at any time by notifying the school.
Families will need to contact the health office staff to make an appointment.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 7 am - 3:30 pm

District School Nurse
Jennifer Krause, BSN RN
920-582-5803 extension 3134

Health Aide                                             Health Aide
Hong Hottmann, RN                               Cathie Mavroff                    
920-582-5803 extension 3120                 920-582-5800 extension 2168

Samples for testing will be collected by using a nose swab (small swab put into the nose) - not a brain pick. Swabbing instructions and supervision will be provided by trained staff. Young children may be swabbed by their parents, older children may swab themselves.

Community Test sites are also available. Please be aware of the hours of operation and age guidelines before heading to the test site. Many sites also require an appointment.

**Omro Pharmacy does offer PCR testing. Please call ahead to verify if your insurance is covered and to make an appointment. Cost $99 if insurance not covered. Results in about 1 hour. 920-685-5041


Positive COVID-19: 10 days of isolation and overall symptom improvement for 24 hours to return. 

Identified as a Close Contact to a positive COVID-19 person


• If the contact occurred at school/school related activities:

  • No quarantine required as long as no symptoms reported.

• If the contact occurred outside of school (daycares, sports/clubs not affiliated with school, work or within your household):

  • Must quarantine -7/10 Day Quarantine (see Reduced Options for Quarantine for more info).
  • If vaccinated - no quarantine required as long as no symptoms reported.
  • Lab confirmed COVID-19 - no quarantine required within 90 days of diagnosis.

Families will continue to be notified of the close contact exposure from school at the elementary level only. Our MS/HS students are deemed close contacts until further notice. Although your child can attend school/school related activities, be sure to check with outside agencies regarding their COVID-19 guidelines to determine if your child can still attend/participate.

Students and staff are not required to get the COVID-19 Vaccine to attend school/work. The COVID-19 Vaccine is available to anyone 12 years of age or older. If you would like more information on getting your COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Winnebago County Health Department
According to the CDC/DHS, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. 

If you have any further questions or want to discuss your situation, please contact our health office staff.

District School Nurse
Jennifer Krause, BSN RN
920-582-5803 extension 3134

Health Aide                                             Health Aide
Hong Hottmann, RN                               Cathie Mavroff                    
920-582-5803 extension 3120                 920-582-5800 extension 2168

Additional COVID-19 Resources
Center for Disease Control & Prevention: COVID-19

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19

  • Statewide COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-684-1064

Winnebago County Health Department: COVID-19

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