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UPDATE: Wausau School Board approves potential Nov. 2 return

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 8:56 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wausau School Board held a special meeting to discuss what the plan was for students returning to the classroom. The plan was submitted by Wausau Superintendent Keith Hilts was approved on a 5-3 vote by the Wausau School Board.

The board also motioned to reevaluate the decision on October 12, wanting to learn more information about the Marathon County COVID-19 numbers.

The plan that was approved is outlined below:

Elementary Schools: Modified Plan A

● Bring all 4K-5 students back for in-person learning and keep students in

cohorts.

○ Families can choose for their children to remain 100% virtual.

● Identify separate staff to teach students whose families choose to remain

virtual.

● Elementary schools, in almost all situations, are able to maintain 6′ of social

distance by reassigning staff and classrooms.

● Frameworks for Encore classes, lunch and recess will be finalized with staff

input.

● Adherence to social distancing, masking and hygiene practices.

● If families return from open enrollment, students may need to be district

placed to maintain social distancing.

Secondary Schools: Modified Plan B

● Due to the mobile nature of students in secondary schools, administration

proposes to split students up into two cohorts; A-L and M-Z. This allows for

social distancing

○ Each secondary school may choose the schedule that meets staff and schedule needs.

● Teachers will focus live instruction primarily on in-person students.

○ Need to finalize details about quarantined and virtual students.

● Utilize the “Flipped Lesson” format to progress through content.

● During virtual learning students would complete individual work to prepare for

the learning activities during in-person learning.

● Cleaning and pandemic mitigation protocols including enforcement of social

distancing and masking.

Timeline for implementation

● Due to the need to identify staff for possible virtual learning and

● The need to make personal contact to families to confirm a choice for virtual

or in-person learning, and

● There may need to be a rebalancing of school or class enrollments once

families have finalized choice for in-person or virtual learning, and

● There is also a need to finalize details in the school level plans.

The administration recommends a start date of Monday, Nov. 2. The district anticipated losing 38 students, however, they have lost 433 students.

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