NDA Leads the Way With School Closure Due to Coronavirus

Maxwell Timmer, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

 Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Friday, March 13, issued an order mandating the closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. This is supposed to remain in effect until April 6, at the earliest.

NDA also announced before Friday that students will be partaking in online lessons for at least two weeks. A decision about extending the online classes will be made on Thursday, March 26.

“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,” explained Evers at the press conference.

As of now, Wisconsin in total has 32 cases of the Coronavirus, and it continues to spread. The goal now is to prevent the spread and treat those infected quickly without the conditions getting worse. 

“We felt the most prudent decision was to move to an Online Learning Platform for the period of time,” said Principal Patrick Browne, in a statement. 

While more information regarding the specifics of online classes will be released March 16, the overall goal is to still be able to have events such as Academy Ball, the spring play and  graduation. 

“I really hope all of our fun events can still happen,” explain Abby Wittler, a senior at NDA. “I have been looking forward to Academy Ball for a while and would be devastated if it got cancelled.” 

In other Corona news, sports leagues such as the NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA have postponed their seasons and tournaments. This comes after athletes like Rudy Gobert tested positive for the Coronavirus.  

“This remains a complicated and rapidly evolving situation that reminds us that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to look out for one another. That is what the NBA will continue to do,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. 

As Coronavirus intoxicates the news, NDA students and staff will stay home for the foreseeable future. 

Students are reminded to check their school emails and Power School Learning pages for information and lessons from their teachers.