Stevens Point Area School District welcomes students back to their classrooms

Students of Stevens Point Area School District
Students of Stevens Point Area School District(WSAW)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:37 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:40 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Stevens Point Area School District welcomes their students back to in-person learning for the first time since before Thanksgiving of last year.

The district provided virtual learning for their students from Thanksgiving of 2020 until Winter break. Assistant Superintendent Cory Hirsbrunner says the district used that time to prepare for their return this semester.

“We had a lot of behind the scenes and work that needed to be accomplished,” Hirsbrunner said. “So, at the elementary level for example, we are going to have dedicated e-learning teachers for the remainder of the year.”

They also used that time to clean their buildings and buses.

“Lots of technology staff, human resources staff, custodial and maintenance staff that put in a lot of time and effort over those three and a half weeks that our students were virtual,” she said. “Making sure that our plexiglass were cleaned, our high-touched surfaced areas, our busses. Those staff often times don’t get recognized for the work that they do.”

Today, 150 elementary students returned to their classrooms in Stevens Point. Hirsbrunner says students and staff were happy to be reunited.

“It was neat to talk to some teachers today and they said ‘wow, I haven’t seen some of these students since March. We were wondering if we’d ever get the chance to see them again,” Hirsbrunner said.

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