D.C. Everest releases updated return to school plan

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 3:45 PM CDT
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WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) - Friday afternoon the D.C. Everest Area School District released its updated plan for students to return to classes in the fall.

Right now, the district is offering “in-person, blended and virtual instruction options for students.” These options depend on the age and grade of your child. 4K and kindergarten students will be in-person, while students attending classes at the middle, junior and senior high schools will have blended instruction.

  • In-person instruction:
    • 4K and elementary students will be placed in cohorts. Students and staff will follow established safety protocols. ○ 4K students will attend half-day, in-person classes Monday – Friday.
    • Elementary school students will attend full-day, in-person classes Monday – Friday.
  • Blended instruction.
    • Secondary students will attend in-person classroom sessions (following established safety protocols) and participate in remote learning.
    • At DCE Middle School and DCE Junior High, students will be divided into two cohorts (groups).
      • Cohort A will attend school in person on Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday.
      • Cohort B will attend school in person on Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday.
      • On the days students are not attending in-person classes, they will participate in remote learning.
    • At DCE Senior High, each student will have a unique, flexible, in-person schedule based on the courses in which they are enrolled. Teachers will schedule in-person class sessions each week.
  • Virtual Academies.
    • The Everest Virtual Academy (EVA) provides an independent, online learning experience for K-5 and 6-12 students who prefer an entirely virtual learning experience. All courses will take place online with no in-person instruction. Registration for EVA is open and will close on August 10.

It’s hard to use the word ‘Final’ because the ground continues to change and we want to respond to the community needs around us,” explained Assistant Superintendent Casey Nye, Assistant Superintendent of Learning at DCE. “We pride ourselves as a district as being nimble and that has been really important at this moment in time.”

While some are happy with the decision of the district, others have voiced concerns wishing for students to go back to all in-school learning.

“You hear a variety of different emotions from families, and I can say, even in my own home it’s a balance between the safety protocol and the social and emotional needs of kids,” Nye said. “It is a constant balancing act and each family has a unique perspective on that.”

Nye says the district is prepared to work with families that have questions or concerns surrounding the new plan.

“Our board is very thoughtful in their approach on this,” said Nye. “They have very intentionally charged us with trying to be nimble. There isn’t any set answer as to how and when. The board has asked us to do what we can to deliver the best possible education and recognize families have a lot of different needs and we need to have choices available to meet all of those.”

The district said building principals will share more details about instruction as well as COVID-19 protocols in the coming weeks. You can also find updates on the FutureReady Restart page.

The plans will be updated as needed and reviewed by the D. C. Everest School Board. The board has a retreat meeting to discuss the FutureReady Restart on Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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