Holmen Schools closing Monday, two days earlier than state mandate

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HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT)- The Holmen School District announced Friday evening that it would be canceling classes Monday, two days earlier than Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ mandate.

The district says school will be closed March 16-April 3. Spring Break is scheduled for April 6-10 and classes are scheduled to resume on April 13.

  • Meal plans: meals will be available to any student (under the age of 18) that lives within the district boundaries.  An order form for bag lunches will be available online, with pick-up locations available at: High School, Middle School, and Sand Lake Elementary.  Information will be emailed soon with additional directions. A phone number to order meals will also be communicated.

  • Holmen Lutheran Church Food Pantry will remain open: Monday – Friday, 7:00-4:00, Sunday 7:30-11:30.

  • Medication pick-up will be on Monday, March 16th from 8:30-3:00.  Parents may contact the School Nurse directly if unable to pick-up during this time.

  • Continue to monitor the School District of Holmen website (Community Tab) and/or Facebook for updates.

Earlier Friday, Governor Evers directed the state Department of Health Services to issue an order mandating that all K-12 schools, public and private, close as part of the state’s response to contain the coronavirus or COVID-19.

The mandated closure will begin next Wednesday so school districts have time to make plans for kids, families, educators and staff.

The order did say that school districts, particularly those in counties with reported cases of the virus, can choose to close earlier than Wednesday.

As of Friday, there were still no confirmed cases in La Crosse Co.

The anticipated re-opening date for all schools in the state is April 6th, however officials stress that date could change.

“Closing our schools is not a decision I made lightly, but keeping our kids, our educators, our families, and our communities safe is a top priority as we continue our work to respond to and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” said Gov. Evers.

The governor says they are going to work to make sure kids and families have the resources and support they need while schools are closed, including access to food and care.