COVID-19

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data – November 25, 2020

Grades 10-12 Virtual
Grades 6-9 Hybrid
Early Childhood, 4K – Grade 5 In-person/Face-to-Face

The School District posts metric data bi-weekly at https://hudsonraiders.org/covid-19/ 

The School District recognizes that it may need to adjust its plan based on staff and or substitute teacher shortages. We may need to accelerate a school closure due to a significant unanticipated outbreak. It is the School District’s intent to address center-based programs separately with the goal to maintain face-to-face instruction.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data 

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases.
  • The blue box indicates the daily average of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 134.6
  • Click here to view the metric as a PDF.
  • Next reporting date will be 12/9/2020.

COVID-19 Positive Cases By Building

Superintendent’s COVID-19 report to the Board of Education on November 23, 2020 (click here)

The chart below will be updated weekly.

 


Board of Education Approves Change in Instructional Model – November 18, 2020

This evening, the Board of Education held a special meeting to review the School Closure Metric and the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our schools. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at the secondary school level, where we are experiencing the highest number of positive cases, the following recommendations by the administration were approved by the Board of Education.

  1. Grades 10-12 will move to virtual beginning Monday, November 23rd through winter break.
  2. Grades 6-9 will move to hybrid beginning Monday, November 23rd through winter break.
  3. Grades Pre-K -5 and early childhood will remain face-to-face/in-person.
  4. Monday, November 23rd will be a non-school day for Grade 6-12 to allow teachers planning time for moving to the new models of instruction.
  5. Tuesday, November 24 will be a non-school day Early Child, PreK-Grade 12 to allow teachers planning time. School Age Care will be available for families who are in need of child care on this day.
  6. Wednesday 2-hour early dismissal time will be extended to 3-hour early dismissal (beginning Wednesday, December 2nd).
  7. December 23rd will be a non-school day to  allow teachers planning time.
  8. Free meals will continue to be made available to ALL students during virtual and hybrid learning.
  9. Extra-curricular activities and athletics will continue as scheduled. 

The Board of Education and School Administration understand that these changes can be difficult for some families. The challenges faced by staff to provide the best education for children, no matter the instructional model, is of utmost importance. The impact of these changes are not taken lightly. The Board of Education will continue to review the School Closure Metric and the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. 

We thank you for your patience and support as we move through this very unpredictable year. All Hudson School District staff are committed to providing the best education possible. We strongly encourage our families and community to help us keep kids in school by wearing a mask when you are out in public, wash your hands frequently, stay home when you are not feeling well, and limit gathering with others who are not part of your household.


St. Croix County Public Health COVID-19 Data

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data – November 11, 2020

Note: An error was made on the metric that did not include two cases at Willow River Elementary School. Our apologies for this error. The information below has been corrected.

Schools Remain at Level 2

Level 2Face-to-Face – Early Childhood, 4K – Grade 9 
Hybrid – Grades 10-12

The School District recognizes that it may need to adjust its plan based on staff and or substitute teacher shortages. We may need to accelerate a school closure due to a significant unanticipated outbreak. It is the School District’s intent to address center-based programs separately with the goal to maintain face-to-face instruction.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data 

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases. 
  • The blue box indicates the daily average of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 123.1
  • Click here to view the metric as a PDF.
  • Next reporting date will be 11/25/2020.


COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data – October 28, 2020

On Monday, October 26th, the Board of Education took action to adjust the metric giving more weight to the number of cases we are seeing in our schools compared to cases in the community. 

NEW Level 2 Beginning Monday, November 2, 2020

Level 2Face-to-Face – Early Childhood, 4K – Grade 9 (Note – Grades 7 & 8 will move back to face-to-face)
Hybrid – Grades 10-12

Additional adjustments to the metric include:

  • The NEW Level 2 brings 7th and 8th grade back to school face-to-face.
  • The school building counts on the left hand column of the metric is an actual average daily count and is no longer a percentage. The metric is designed to give a different weight to each school based on its student and staff population.
  • The community rate across the top has been adjusted slightly, but remains at the 50+/10,000 threshold for community spread. 
  • Reports on school building and community spread will continue to be part of Board of Education meetings. 

The School District posts this data bi-weekly at https://hudsonraiders.org/covid-19/ 

The School District recognizes that it may need to adjust its plan based on staff and or substitute teacher shortages. We may need to accelerate a school closure due to a significant unanticipated outbreak. It is the School District’s intent to address center-based programs separately with the goal to maintain face-to-face instruction.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data 

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases. 
  • The blue box indicates the daily average of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 62.7.
  • Click here to view the metric as a PDF.
  • Next reporting date will be 11/11/2020.


COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data – October 15, 2020

We apologize for the delay in announcing this week’s School Closure Metric, we rely on state data that was not made available until late on Wednesday. The Hudson School District currently has fourteen (14) active COVID-19 cases; 6 cases at the High School; 2 cases at the Middle School; 1 case at EP Rock Elementary; 2 cases at Houlton Elementary; 1 case at Hudson Prairie Elementary, and 2 cases at Willow River Elementary.  The School District’s COVID-19 School Closure Metric takes into consideration active cases in our schools and in St. Croix County. Due to the current count of cases in the county over the 14 day reporting period, the School District will continue at Level 2. 

Remain at Level 2 Beginning Monday, October 19

Level 2Face-to-Face – Early Childhood, Grades 4K – 6 & Grade 9
Hybrid – Grades 7-8 & Grades 10-12

Note on Houlton Elementary School

While the School Closure Metric identifies Houlton Elementary at 1.06%, just slightly over the 1% threshold, the decision was made to continue face-to-face instruction due to declining infections at the school. 

The School District’s hybrid model divides our student population into two cohort groups. 

  • Students with a last name beginning with A-K will be in cohort A.
  • Students with a last name beginning with L-Z will be in cohort B. 
  • The Wednesday early dismissal schedule will continue to be followed. 

Activities and Athletics

  • Activities and Athletics will continue to proceed with competitions. We will not be limiting athletics to practices only as was previously decided in the Back to School Blueprint.

The Board of Education and School District Administration will be reviewing the School Closure Metric to discuss whether or not changes are needed to the metric at the next Board of Education work session on October 26th. 

The School District posts this data bi-weekly at https://hudsonraiders.org/covid-19/ 

The School District recognizes that it may need to adjust its plan based on staff and or substitute teacher shortages. We may need to accelerate a school closure due to a significant unanticipated outbreak. It is the School District’s intent to address center-based programs separately with the goal to maintain face-to-face instruction.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data 

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases. 
  • The blue box indicates the percent of the daily running average of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 39.1.
  • Click here to view the metric as a PDF.
  • Next reporting date will be 10/28/2020.

Questions regarding the COVID-19 School Closure Metric may be directed to connections@hudsonraiders.org


COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data – September 30, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in our schools remain low. We currently have one (1) active case at the Middle School and five (5) active cases at the High School. The School District’s COVID-19 School Closure Metric takes into consideration active cases in our schools and in St. Croix County. Due to the rise in county cases over the 14 day reporting period, the School District will be moving to Level 2. 

Moving to Level 2 Beginning Monday, October 5

Level 2Face-to-Face – Early Childhood, Grades 4K – 6 & Grade 9
Hybrid – Grades 7-8 & Grades 10-12

The School District’s hybrid model divides our student population into two cohort groups. 

  • Students with a last name beginning with A-K will be in cohort A.
  • Students with a last name beginning with L-Z will be in cohort B.
  • Cohort A will attend school face-to-face on Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday. Beginning on Monday, October 5, Cohort A will be attending class face-to-face. They will be face-to-face on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7. They will attend class virtually, on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9.
  • Cohort B will attend school face-to-face on Thursday, Friday and every other Wednesday. Beginning on Monday, October 5 they will be attending classes virtually and continue attending virtually on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7. They will attend class face-to-face on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9.
  • All students will participate in class 5 days per week. Instruction will be synchronous, meaning students attend face-to-face on their scheduled cohort days and are also expected to attend class virtually on the days they are not face-to-face.
  • The Wednesday early dismissal schedule will continue to be followed.

Change to Activities and Athletics

  • Activities and Athletics will continue to proceed with competitions. We will not be limiting athletics to practices only as was previously decided in the Back to School Blueprint.

The Board of Education and School District Administration will be reviewing the School Closure Metric to determine if a change is needed in the metric. For example, should more weight be given to the percentage of cases in our schools and less weight given to the number of county cases given the low number of positive cases in our schools. This change, if determined, would not go into effect until the next reporting period.

The School District posts this data bi-weekly at https://hudsonraiders.org/covid-19/

The School District recognizes that it may need to adjust its plan based on staff and or substitute teacher shortages. We may need to accelerate a school closure due to a significant unanticipated outbreak. It is the School District’s intent to address center-based programs separately with the goal to maintain face-to-face instruction.

COVID-19 School Closure Metric Data 

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases.
  • The blue box indicates the percent of the daily running average of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 24.7.
  • Click here to view the metric as a PDF.
  • Next reporting date will be 10/14/2020.

What does Level 2 Hybrid Learning Look Like? (Sept. 28, 2020)

The Hudson School District continues to monitor the positive COVID-19 cases in our schools and in the county. The School District’s COVID-19 School Closure Metric identifies the instructional model based on the data from these two sources. An updated School Closure Metric will be released on Wednesday, September 30th. 

The next likely change in instruction would be to Level 2 with grades 7-8 and 10-12 in a hybrid model; early childhood, 4K-6 and grade 9 would remain face-to-face five days per week. 

The School District’s hybrid model divides our student population into two cohort groups. 

  • Students with a last name beginning with A-K will be in cohort A. 
  • Students with a last name beginning with L-Z will be in cohort B. 
  • Cohort A would attend school face-to-face on Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday.
  • Cohort B would attend school face-to-face on Thursday, Friday and every other Wednesday.
  • Students will participate in class 5 days per week. Instruction will be synchronous, meaning students attend face-to-face on their scheduled cohort days and are also expected to attend class virtually on the days they are not face-to-face.  

We know this does not answer all of your questions. We anticipate a more detailed communication for families later this week. 


Individual Distance Learning (IDL) Meals

Nutrition Services meals are available to all students enrolled as Individual Distance Learners. These meals include both breakfast and lunch.

Families interested in participating in this meal program may order meals each week between Friday and Monday (before 11:59 AM) for delivery on the following Thursday.

Steps for ordering meals:

  1. Create an account in MySchoolBucks or login to your existing account (click here)
  2. Go to the My Store tab and look for Meal Order-View Details
  3. Select your child
  4. Order meals for the week (you will get both breakfast and lunch with your order)
  5. Add to the Basket
  6. Repeat for additional children if needed
  7. Continue to Confirm Purchase
  8. Order Accepted, will display when you have completed.

Meal pickup is scheduled for Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 PM at Hudson High School, Door 12 on the north side of the school (back side). There will be signs indicating “Meal Pickup” area. You will receive 5 days of meals including milk.

If you have questions, please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 715.377.3717 or email cardoss@hudsonraiders.org.


Wednesday 2-Hour Early Release Days Added To Schedule Beginning Wednesday September 30th.

The following message from Superintendent Nick Ouellette was sent to Hudson families today (September 22, 2020).

The start of the school year has been relatively smooth in light of our COVID-19 challenges. One challenge that was not entirely predicted is the amount of time staff need to support both in-person and individual distance learners. The demand placed on teachers to provide two instructional models simultaneously while continuing to meet learning expectations is greater than anticipated. 

After surveying staff and problem-solving with School District leadership, it has been decided to implement a 2-hour early dismissal schedule every Wednesday beginning September 30th. We will continue this 2-hour early dismissal on Wednesdays, even if a school or the School District moves to a hybrid instructional model.

We know this schedule change may have a significant impact on some of our families. We hope you understand our need to find the best possible solution for our teachers and our students. Below are some specific items impacted by the Wednesday 2-hour early dismissal. 

  • Over the next week, schools and or teachers will share their Wednesday 2-hour early dismissal schedule.
  • School Age Care will be available for families needing care for their K-5 children. If you are not registered for after school care, please contact School Age Care before Friday, September 25th, if you would like to enroll. 
  • Students with IEP’s who’s service schedule will be affected by the shortened Wednesday early dismissal will be contacted by their child’s case manager.
  • The High School 1-hour Thursday late start will be eliminated given the Wednesday 2-hour early dismissal. 
  • High School students who participate in school-sponsored and supervised activities may remain at school. Students not involved in a school-sponsored activity will be expected to leave school at the end of the instructional day. 
  • There will be no elementary or middle school activities after school on Wednesdays. 
  • 4K programming will be adjusted to 1 hour and 40 minutes per session on Wednesdays. 4K families will receive specific communication regarding changes to start and end times. 

We are committed to providing families with information regarding changes as quickly as possible. The need for flexibility this year is more than any of us likely imagined. I thank you for your patience and partnership in learning. If you have questions, please feel free to contact connections@hudsonraiders.org or contact Superintendent Nick Ouellette at 715.377.3702.


COVID-19 School Closure Metric – September 16, 2020

All Schools are at Level 1 – Face-to-Face Instruction

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases.
  • The blue box indicates the percent of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 10.89
  • Next reporting date will be 9/30/20.


COVID-19 School Closure Metric – September 2, 2020

The COVID-19 School Closure Metric identifies data from our schools and county on positive COVID-19 cases. The School District will post this data bi-weekly.

  • The red circles indicate each school’s level of instruction based on positive cases. Please note, the positive cases in this week’s data count include cases of individuals who tested positive and were quarantined prior to the start of the school year.
  • The blue box indicates the percent of positive cases in each school.
  • The 14 day COVID-19 positive count per 10,000 in St. Croix County is 11.0

The next metric data count will be on September 16, 2020.

Below is the COVID-19 School Closure Metric with a description of the instructional levels and other important notes.