West Allis-West Milwaukee School District will start the school year virtually

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 12:43:45-04

Students of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District will be starting the upcoming school year virtually.

The school district said the board approved of the district's phased plan. School will begin on Sept. 8 virtually. The district will move through its five phases based on health metrics.

Below are the phases for the district:

Phase 1Virtual Only
Phase 2Two Days Elementary Distance Learning and Designated Identified Students with Special Needs
Phase 3Five Days Elementary In-Person Learning
Phase 4Two Days Secondary Distance Learning
Phase 5Four Days Secondary In-Person Learning

Parents are asked to select an option for their children, with the options being in place for the first quarter of the year. Those options include in-person learning, distance learning, and virtual learning.

Students and staff will be asked to wear face coverings in school and on busses. Each staff member and student at the district will receive two masks.

“It is important to know that no plan that returns students and employees to schools can fully eliminate potential exposure to COVID-19. We will implement social distancing and enhanced cleaning as much as possible but we want to be upfront and honest about the challenges a return to school creates,” said Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond. “We know there is not a perfect plan but if we continue to work together, we’ll have a flexible plan that adheres to our guiding principles.

Lexmond said the plan will continue to be expanded in the coming weeks.

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