UPDATE: Wausau School Board approves potential Nov. 2 return
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
○ Families can choose for their children to remain 100% virtual.
● Identify separate staff to teach students whose families choose to remain
● 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
● 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
○ 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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