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School District of Waukesha to begin gradual reopening of secondary schools

Posted at 7:55 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 20:57:02-04

WAUKESHA — The School District of Waukesha is working to implement a new plan that would eventually bring students in grades 6-12 back to 100 percent in-person learning by November, if it is given the go-ahead.

The district said in a letter to the media Thursday that since reopening, case data among its 10-19 year-olds have been relatively consistent, "which means our mitigation strategies are working since opening up our schools," according to the district.

Thus, the district has decided to try a transition to face-to-face learning for students in grades 6-12 this fall.

The first phase calls for students to attend classes virtually on Mondays, and return to school for in-person classes for every rest of the week, Tuesday through Friday. This phase begins Oct. 19.

Students will then go on a short break from Oct. 28-30, per the 2020-21 school calendar.

That break will be followed by six days of in-person classes, in order to test the new model, the district says.

Then on Nov. 11, the school board will meet again and decide whether or not students should return to in-person classes five days a week indefinitely.

There will be no changes for students attending the elementary school at this time, the district says.

In the meantime, the district plans on holding seminars for teachers to help them with virtual learning.

"Let’s all stay vigilant around safety and mitigation efforts at school, at home and in the community. Together, we can continue to keep our schools open and thriving," according to the district.

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