From the Office of President, Stacey Akey

Our reason for creating the comprehensive Return to the Ledge (RTTL) plan is simple. We heard you. In the parent/guardian survey taken this summer, the results of which can be seen by clicking here, it was obvious that your overwhelming desire is to keep your children learning in-person as often as possible. Fortunately, survey results from staff and faculty revealed that we are in alignment, and our desire is to also have in-person learning occur as much as possible.

You are committed to this and so are we.

We know you recognize the complexity that results in bringing all of our Ledgers back under one roof. The RTTL outlines our combined efforts to reduce transmission on the Ledge. One of the ways this is done is through the use of masks. Another is quarantining students who are in close contact with a positive case (6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more). In light of an uptick in recent positive cases (you can see cases on the Ledge by clicking here), we have experienced a subsequent uptick in student exposures resulting in quarantine.

We understand the frustration that contact tracing outcomes (quarantine) may cause. We know that you continue to social distance, wear your mask, avoid gatherings, and do all the right things to reduce risk to you and your family. Yet, you still find your child needing to quarantine because of exposure in school. It can be especially frustrating when your child is quarantined and has no symptoms. We know, we feel it too. However, you can be a carrier (asymptomatic) and spread the virus without even knowing it! Hence, our commitment per the RTTL, to quarantine close contacts in an effort to reduce transmission on the Ledge.

Do know, the staff and I have spent a significant amount of time the past few weeks fielding calls from parents/guardians who are frustrated and concerned that their child has to quarantine (maybe even quarantine for a second time). I wanted to take a moment to provide clarification regarding the protocols that we, and other area school districts, are held to in partnership with the Fond du Lac County Health Department as it relates to contact tracing and subsequent quarantine.

  • The contact tracing and quarantine process and protocols are required per Fond du Lac County, State of WI Health Department, and CDC guidelines.  These are used by all district area schools (see FCHD Exposure and Symptoms Guidance – Flow Charts).  Per the Department of Health Services (DHS), close contact is defined as:

Anyone who was within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period (not 15 minutes continuous), starting from:

  • Two days before the positive case developed symptoms.

  • Two days before their positive test, if the individual did not have symptoms. 

Or someone who:

  • Had direct physical contact with the person who tested positive, including but not limited to a hug or a handshake.

  • Came into contact with the person’s respiratory secretions, including but not limited to exposure to cough or sneeze droplets; contact with a used tissue; or sharing a drinking glass, towel, or other personal item.

This definition applies even if protective measures, such as face coverings, face shields, or physical barriers were used. These measures significantly reduce the spread of COVID, but do not negate the need for quarantine if this criteria is met.


  • When a positive case has been confirmed, our SMSA team consisting of pupil services personnel including our school nurse, front office administrative staff, and academic administration, begins to immediately gather exposure data based on seating charts and in consultation with appropriate teachers and staff.  Recognizing that this situation is new and that our process will require continual refinement, we work to confirm information, conducting subsequent checks and balances to verify findings.
  • Whenever conflicting information arises – or there is a lack of clarity in confirming “close contact” (6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more) – we slow the steps to make sure we have all necessary information before proceeding.  If we are unable to agree on a clear resolution, our process defaults to the safety standard of “abundance of caution,” quarantining those students on which we lack clarity regarding close contact status.

  • It is important to note that we are never at liberty to confirm the name/identity of any student or employee who has tested positive for coronavirus (students medical information is protected by FERPA, employee medical information is protected by HIPAA).  Schools are accountable to both of these federal laws.

  • Please know that as our partners, we recognize that our students may feel that they have all the relevant information about a given exposure to make an informed decision – especially one that involves them personally.  We are finding that this can be a faulty assumption as our numbers continue to rise and multiple exposure points are being identified.

It is my hope that this helps provide some insight and context as to how we are required to conduct contact tracing, recognizing that choosing to be in-person five days per week does impact exposures.  The health department continues to track positive cases and exposures to assess if transmission is occurring within our school as this is critical to remaining open for in-person learning.  As indicated in the RTTL, we are prepared to transition to virtual, if necessary, but will do everything in our power, and know you will too, to allow your family the flexibility to continue to choose face-to-face or virtual instruction based on your needs.  Please understand this may involve a quarantine you and your child don’t agree with.

We truly appreciate your support and compliance with these necessary and equally challenging health and safety protocols. Please join us in praying that we are soon able to return to school the way we all know and love!  We, too, would much prefer to spend less time contact tracing and more time educating!

For the kids,

Stacey Akey


The Addition of Turf to SMSA

We are fast tracking a project that was always in the highway 23 reconstruction plan, but due to the unique circumstances of COVID-19, the opportunity to put artificial turf inside the track at St. Mary’s Springs Academy presented itself and we are moving forward. Initial soil testing has already taken place and construction will begin in the coming weeks. Turf will allow our students continuous use of the field for classes, athletics, and extra-curricular activities without compromising its conditions. The track and field will not have to move as a result of highway 23 reconstruction, but we will lose practice fields, which necessitated moving this project to the forefront for use in spring 2021. We look forward to an enhanced field, as it will stay in good condition, regardless of how wet spring is, for around the clock use by your children!

News and Information

Flu Vaccine Consent Forms for Drive Thru Clinics

Flu shots will not be administered at SMSA this year.  In order to continue to encourage families to have their child receive the flu vaccine, the Fond du Lac County Health Department requested SMSA to disseminate flu vaccine consent forms regarding the drive through clinics.


Please note, grade P3-5th will have a copy sent home soon in their backpacks.  Grade 6-12 can pick up a copy in the North or South office to take home as well.


Click here for the School Age Consent Form for the Flu Vaccination.


Haga clic aquí para obtener el formulario de consentimiento de edad escolar para la vacunación contra la influenza.


Click here for the Drive-up Flu Clinic Information.


Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre la clínica de gripe en el vehículo.

COVID-19 Resource Page on Website

Our website now has direct access to the COVID-19 “planning page,” by clicking the COVID-19 button on the top right corner of the homepage! As a reminder, this page houses all COVID-19 related resources, including the “COVID-19 Reporting Form” that you are to use to report if your child(ren) feels ill with COVID-19 symptoms, is being tested, or has been exposed outside of school. This page also houses our weekly dashboard numbers update and the Exposure & Symptoms Flow Chart, which guides families through response protocols if your child(ren) feels sick or has been in close contact with a confirmed case.


The pandemic is a fluid situation, so as information changes, we will regularly update this page and encourage you to check back for updates.


If there is something else that would be helpful to have housed on this page, let us know, we are all ears! Contact Chelsea McKay, Marketing Coordinator, at

Food Service for Virtually Learning Students

Food service is available to families who are educating virtually at this time. Families can submit requests, each week, by clicking here.


Please submit your selection, each week, no later than Fridays at 5:00 p.m. so we can process the meals for pickup. On Monday afternoon, between 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. after the buses have left the loading zone, you may drive up to the loading zone/dock area next to Baker Gym and call food service at 920-322-8075 to let them know who you are picking up meals for and they will deliver the meals to the vehicle. You can reach out to Mary Karrmann at or 920 322-8075 if you have any questions or need to arrange a different pickup time.


Caution Food Safety:

Because of perishable items, please make sure your meals are either consumed or refrigerated soon after pick-up.

2020 Soles for Catholic Education Walk!

Catholic school students, parents, teachers, alumni and friends from across the archdiocese will lace up their shoes to participate on Saturday, October 17th, for the 2020 Virtual Soles for Catholic Education Walk.  


Donations made to our team stay right here at SMSA to help us reach our school’s fundraising goal of $5,000.  The impact of your donation will do even more to help our school. Generous Soles Walk sponsors have stepped up to match donations SMSA receives up to $5,000.  


Donate today by texting Soles83 to 71777, or visit and type in St.  Mary’s Springs Academy. Contact Kristin Zitlow at 920-322-8006 or to donate with cash or check.


Thank you for supporting Catholic education.

Upcoming Dates

Respect for Life Month Event - October 4th

From Fr. John LoCoco: The month of October is annually observed by the Catholic Church in the United States as Respect Life Month. We are called to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. In the uncertainty of these times, we become even more aware of the need for messengers of God’s love and instruments of His healing. We realize again, with renewed urgency, our personal call to help others encounter God’s transforming, life-giving love and to defend the sanctity of every person’s life, at every stage and in every circumstance.


Please join us this Sunday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart (200 S. Peters Ave.) for the Rachel Rosary, followed by the Life Chain at 2:00 p.m. on the corner of West Johnson and Peters Avenue in Fond du Lac.

Picture Retakes - October 6th

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Gueller’s Photography will be on campus for picture retakes. If you are having your picture retaken, please bring your original packet with you along with the fee.  If you haven’t had your picture taken yet, please bring the order envelope and money with you.  


Any questions please call Bobbijo Amerling at 322-8062.

Final Call for Clipped Box Tops - Last Day to Bring in October 9th

During this challenging time, our teachers and students need more help than ever. No matter what school looks like, Box Tops for Education is a fast and easy way for you to help out from home.  


This is a request for ONE FINAL COLLECTION of clipped Box Tops and to encourage everyone to use the Box Tops app.  The collection form is attached — attach your clipped Box Tops to the sheet — please check to make sure the Box Top has not expired — and bring them back to your home room teacher by Friday, October 9, 2020.  Click here to download the collection form.


The Box Tops program has been around for over 20 years, and it really works. In fact, Box Tops for Education has helped give almost a billion dollars to schools since 1996. Over the years SMSA has participated we have received over $52,420! Last year with the clipped Box Tops and families using the Box Tops app we earned $1,442.  


The Transition from Clipped to Scanned Box Tops.  In 2019, the program evolved to become digital so that you can earn for your school with just the touch of a button.


HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: Buy participating products and use the Box Tops mobile app to scan your store receipt. The app identifies eligible products and automatically adds Box Tops to your school’s earnings online. Even if you’re shopping online or doing grocery pickup, you can still submit your e-receipts and earn Box Tops. Twice a year, our school gets a check!


Your earnings may seem small, but they really do add up. The more people that participate, the bigger the impact we can make. So let’s give our teachers the support they need and help give more kids the opportunity to dream. Little by little, we can help make a big difference.


Blessings to all and for a successful year!


Sherry Holmes, Box Tops Coordinator




Nurse News

COVID-19 Hotline

For your convenience, the COVID-19 hotline number is 844-225-0147


2020 Return to School Flow Chart – FdL Health Department

To view the Fond du Lac County Public Health Department’s Return to School Flow Chart, please click here.


National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Videos

For up to date educational videos on hygiene, please click here to visit the NASN website.


Scrip Hours

Scrip Hours

Scrip Office will be open Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – Noon, Tuesday and Thursday from Noon – 4:00 p.m.  The Scrip Office will be closed on Fridays.


Can’t make it to the Scrip office during those times? Sign up for the new mobile app, RaiseRight.  Link your account and add Scrip to your mobile wallet. Shop, save and support SMSA on the go.  Click here for information on the app!

From the Office of Kollin Petrie - Campus Ministry Director

SMSA Community Prayer Requests

Do you have any prayer requests you would like us to add to our daily prayers for our Ledger families and community?


Please click here to add as many as you’d like…as often as you’d like. We will pray them all!

(Requests will remain anonymous)

Parents of Athletic Booster Club (ABC) and Performing Arts (PPA) Updates

ABC Update

Thank you for your support!

PPA Update

October Meeting – October 21st

PPA will meet virtually, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.  Please email Keri at for meeting information