Governor Evers announced today that he is extending his “safer at home” order for the next 30 days. This order goes into effect at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 25th and will remain in effect until 8:00 AM April 24th.
The Hudson School District will continue to offer remote learning for our students during this extended period. There will be additional information coming from the School District regarding our continued remote learning and expectations for students.
During his press conference yesterday, the Governor stated, “I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously. Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work. Let’s all do our part and work together.”
Wisconsin residents must comply with the Governor’s order when they leave their homes. The Governor’s order allows residents to:
Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor.
Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food, supplies necessary for staying at home, and gas.
Care for a family member in another household.
Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.
The public should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:
Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house).
Stay at least six feet away from other people – use social distancing when at the grocery store or other essential businesses.
Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Covering coughs and sneezes.
Avoid touching your face.
We know this extension will cause additional stress for families and staff. There are resources available for people who may need additional support during this time.
The following agencies are offering TeleMentalHealth Services. This means that they are able to meet virtually online. Assistance is available if families do not have insurance to cover this expense.
Staff may also choose to reach out to the School District’s Employee Assistance Program Counseling & Therapy provided by Family Means – 651.789.4054
The School District greatly appreciates the efforts made by our families to enforce the Governor’s orders. I also extended an enormous thank you to our Raider School community for continuing to provide instruction and services to our families; including our teachers and other certified staff, paraprofessionals, IT, Nutrition Services, Facilities and Grounds, School Age Care, support staff, and leadership team – we are stronger together!
Nick Ouellette, PhD.
March 23, 2020
Hudson Fields, Tennis Courts, Playgrounds, and Parking Lots CLOSED
Governor Evers ordered all schools closed effective March 18, 2020. This closure included all school properties. As Governor Evers calls for all of us to do our part and stay home, we are asking all of you to stay off School District property. This means all School District fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, and parking lots are CLOSED.
The Governor is urging people to stop planning sleepovers, play dates, and dinner parties with friends and neighbors. Please refrain from gathering groups of kids together or sharing physical materials between families, including books, notebooks, or any other instructional materials. The longer it takes people to comply with social distancing, the longer we are going to have to do this. Social distancing is critical to reducing the spread of this virus.
Let’s all do our part and work together to keep everyone safe.
March 19, 2020 – 3:30 PM
The Hudson School District has been notified that the confirmed St. Croix County case of COVID-19 is an individual at Hudson High School. The individual was not in the school for over one week prior to the school closing.
Per St. Croix County Public Health, the individual is isolated at home and doing well. Public Health is identifying and contacting anyone that has been in close contact with this individual.
Due to data privacy laws, the School District is not able to provide any additional information that is potentially identifiable.
Nick Ouellette, PhD.
March 19, 2020
The Hudson School District received the following message from St. Croix County Public Health.
COVID-19 Confirmed Case in St. Croix County
Public Health announced today that St. Croix County has its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This individual is isolated at home and doing well. Public Health is identifying and contacting anyone that has been in close contact with the positive case.
“It is important that St. Croix County residents do not panic but continue to follow recommendations to protect themselves, others, and slow the spread of COVID-19.” said Kelli Engen, St. Croix County Health Officer.
With no medicine or vaccines to treat or prevent COVID-19, SCC-Public Health wants everyone to follow these simple steps:
Stay home when sick
Frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds
Cover coughs and sneezes
Avoid touching you face
Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces
Practice social distancing – 6 feet from others
Avoid public gatherings of more than 10 persons, “Public Health and Emergency Management are working together with local, state, and federal partners to implement response plans; but it is important to understand that everyone has a role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.” said Natasha Cardinal, St. Croix County Emergency Manager.
The COVID-19 pandemic is quickly changing. SCC-Public Health recommends the following information sources:
United Way 211: call 211 or MN based cell phones call 1-877-947-2211
We will notify you with additional information as it becomes available.
March 16, 2020 – 3:30 PM
Dear Hudson Families and Staff,
We understand that Governor Evers held a briefing earlier today that has created some confusion regarding restricting gatherings of 50 or more people. We have connected with our state and local public health agencies and have been told this directive does NOT include schools at this time.
Hudson School District will continue to be open for students on Tuesday, March 17th.
We apologize for the repeated messages. We are working hard to keep everyone up to date as information and guidance changes. As we said earlier, announcements made earlier in the day may change as our information changes. Your patience is appreciated.
Nick Ouellette, PhD.
March 16, 2020 – 12:00 PM
Dear Hudson Families and Staff,
The Hudson School District continues to review our plan in response to COVID-19. In order to provide families with planning time to set up childcare and protect students, staff and the community, Hudson School District will be closing our schools at the close of Tuesday, March 17th.
The School District has additional information and changes to assist families and staff during this closure. Please read through all of these points.
Remote Learning: Students have received or will be receiving information from their classroom teachers on how to continue learning during this closing. Families should expect to be contacted by classroom teachers in grades K-5 and from their advisors in grades 6-12 weekly during the closure.
Free Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children who are in need of meals during the closure. We are setting up meal distribution at the High School. Meals will be available for pick-up between 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Families should drive to the back parking lot where a tent will be set up outside of the loading dock. You do not need to get out of your car.
Child care for Medical Professionals and First Responders: School Age Care will be open to Hudson School District residents who are medical professionals or first responders. Care will be located at EP Rock Elementary School from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Student medications. If your child has medication at school that he/she may need during the closure, please plan on picking it up before the close of the day Tuesday, March 17th. Medications will NOT be sent home with children.
During this time, we want to emphasize the need for social distancing and good hygiene. Unlike “snow days,” we encourage families to avoid gatherings. These are unprecedented times, and we will get through this together. Please understand this closure is not only to keep students and staff safe, but also to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as seen in other countries around the world.
You can expect regular communication from the School District as we make decisions related to this closure and ongoing instruction and services.
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this difficult time. We appreciate your support and understanding.
Students or staff who participated in the DI event are generally considered to be at low-risk for being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Attendees are being notified out of an abundance of caution. The recommendations for low-risk individuals are to self-monitor for fever and respiratory illness symptoms, and to self-isolate and contact their local health department or provider if symptoms appear. There is no recommendation for asymptomatic people who had a low risk exposure to quarantine themselves. Anyone considered to be more than low-risk would be contacted individually by their health department for further assessment. Please contact your provider or your local public health department if you have questions or concerns.
March 9, 2020
The Hudson School District has learned a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Pierce County. It is our understanding that the individual with the confirmed case was present at the recent Destination Imagination(DI) competition this past weekend at Osceola High School. There were Hudson School District students in grades 3-12 at the DI event. Out of an overabundance of caution we are communicating this to you today.
We are unaware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Hudson School District. According to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), spending time in the same indoor environment as persons known to have COVID-19 is considered to represent a low risk of exposure to the virus. While the risk to others is considered low, we cannot know for sure that there is absolutely no risk.
The Hudson School District has a plan in place to address COVID-19 if it spreads to our staff and students (click here to view Hudson’s plan). As part of this plan, the School District will be following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services, St. Croix County Public Health, and WI Department of Public Instruction.
As confirmed cases are identified closer to our Hudson community, the Hudson School District will closely monitor the health and attendance of our students and staff.
We recognize this may cause anxiety among our families and we will do our best to address your concerns. We are committed to ensuring students are supported with love, compassion, and care.
The CDC provides the following:
While the immediate risk of this new virus is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat:
It is currently influenza and respiratory disease season. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – throw the tissue away immediately after you use it. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your inside elbow area.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based (60-95%) hand sanitizer.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
If you get flu-like symptoms, stay home from school, work, and social gatherings to prevent others from getting ill.
If you have a fever of 100 degrees or above, you should stay home.
Your fever should be gone for a full 24 hours, without using fever-reducing medication, before returning to work.
You can get additional information about coronavirus from the following websites:
“In Wisconsin, adolescents who experience episodes of major depression have steadily increased. At the same time, there has been a growing body of evidence to suggest the amount of screen time usage may initiate or worsen symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce social connectedness, and contribute to poor social and emotional wellness.”
It was a great season for the Hudson Raidaires. The Raidaires finished as the state D1 Kick Champions and the D1 Jazz Runner Up. The coaches summed up the season following the Jazz performance, “This season was full of twists and turns, injures and surprises… Our jazz routine to, “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” perfectly captured our emotions. These girls left their hearts out on the floor. Special thanks to ALL of our close friends and family who’ve ‘moved mountains’ for us throughout this season!! We appreciate you.” #WeAreRaiderProud
Representatives from Luther Automotive Group donated a 2015 Jeep Liberty to Hudson High School’s Technology Education department so students in automotive classes have a newer model vehicle to use for instruction.
Matthew Carlson, Service Specialist with Luther, spoke to students in Mr. Hovland’s class about Luther’s Tech Trac Student Sponsorship Program. Tech Trac is dedicated to supporting Technical College students with the passion and ambition to become an automotive technician. Students who qualify are provided financial support to complete a 2-year certificate or degree and paid, part-time work at a Luther dealership with a fast-track transition to full-time employment once the student has completed certification. Qualifying students are also eligible for a tool grant of up to $2,000. Learn more about Luther’s Tech Trac program at: https://www.lutherauto.com/techtrac.htm
Also present were Superintendent Nick Ouellette who spoke briefly about his tech ed background and the opportunities afforded students who are interested in the trades. Luther Chevrolet Hudson’s Service Manager, Steve Boyd (a Hudson High School alumni), spoke about the need for automotive technicians and if students wished to pursue a career in transportation, there will always be work.
Much thanks to Luther Automotive Group for their support as a community partner in education!
The Hudson High School Rhinestone Raiders recently visited North Hudson Elementary School and performed for Mrs. Anfinson’s and Mr. Schiltgen’s special education students, as well as fifth graders in Mrs. Brackemyer’s class. Following their performance, the group of high schoolers taught our junior Raiders some dance moves. It was fun to have some former North Hudson Elementary students return and share some time with the young learners.
The Rhinestone Raiders are a Hudson High School club that provides peer-to-peer support for students with disabilities through the shared enjoyment of cheerleading and dance. The group focuses on building confidence, teamwork, perseverance, friendship, inclusion and school spirit.
Ceramics artist and Hudson High School graduate Dane Hodges, held a ceramics and sculpture workshop at the High School for students in the Ceramics and Sculpture classes. Dane held the all day workshop in coordination with Hudson High School art teachers Jason Lund and Nick Koss.
During the workshop, Dane presented a slideshow of his artwork from his high school days to the present. He discussed his art background and detailed his artistic style progression over the years. Dane provided several live demonstrations for the High School art students including throwing pots of varying sizes on the potter’s wheel and how to alter or sculpt pots after they have been taken off the wheel.
Dane graduated from Hudson High School in 2007. While attending Hudson High School, Dane took art classes from all three of the current art teachers, Mary Muchlinski, Jason Lund and Nick Koss. Dane majored in Ceramics and Art Education at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. In addition to being a professional ceramics artist, Dane teaches art at Columbia Heights Middle School in Minnesota.
As part of the School District’s Access and Transition Program that works to increase employment for youth with disabilities, our students invited their legislators to work last month. Senator Patty Schachtner and Representative Shannon Zimmerman joined the students at their various worksites including Knoke’s Chocolates, Croix Gear, and Christian Community Homes.
Did you know…
People with disabilities have a 48% higher tenure at their jobs as compared to their peers.
People with disabilities have 34% fewer safety accidents.
Absenteeism is 40% less than that of their peers.
90% of people with disabilities perform equal to, or better than that of their peers.
Are you a community partner who wants to get involved with this amazing program? Contact Robin Rivard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The S.A.D.D. student group at the High School recently held a “Tie a Blanket” party and asked advisories to make their own blankets. All of the tie blankets will be delivered to Northwest Passage in Grantsburg, WI and Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis for their younger patients who won’t be home for the holidays and winter break. During the blanket party, ten (10) blankets were made with the help of our amazing HHS students!