Many Waukesha middle and high school students will double time spent in classroom this week

Posted at 10:29 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 23:29:29-04

WAUKESHA — Middle and high school students in the School District of Waukesha will head back to in-person classes four times a week starting Tuesday.

That doubles the amount of time many of those students have spent in the classroom since the beginning of this school year and the pandemic.

Parent Kristin Freiberg is worried about more students returning to the classroom. She says the number of COVID cases spiking across the state leads her to believe this is the wrong idea right now.

“I worry that adding to the number of kids in the classroom and the number of days in the classroom, they are going to be virtual sooner rather than later,” says Freiberg.

The district’s own COVID-19 Data Dashboard shows 22 students are currently isolated with COVID-19, and 419 are quarantined. Staff numbers are eight and 58 respectively.

The superintendent of the district says they anticipated there would be COVID cases.

“I think we’re going to be dealing with COVID for the foreseeable future. What we are trying to do is build in some consistency and predictability,” said Superintendent Jim Sebert.

Elementary school students have been back in school with in-person learning since the beginning of this school year. Older students have been using a hybrid model, attending in-person classes two days a week.

Families will still have the option to send their kids to school virtually. The superintendent also says having the experience of the hybrid model or all-virtual model will help them be prepared moving forward.

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