SHEBOYGAN — The Sheboygan Area School District has made the decision to temporarily move all classes online.
The last day of in-person teaching is Friday, Oct. 16. The following Monday is a "non school day" for students, and virtual learning will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Superintendent Seth A. Harvatine wrote to families Tuesday that he hopes in-person teaching will resume - as part of the hybrid model - on Nov. 2.
Harvatine cites a number of issues that led to the decision, including the spike in the number of infected among students and staff, as well as the district's inability to secure substitute teachers when a fellow teacher gets sick.
But the Sheboygan School District has been preparing for this eventually. Harvatine says he is confident the district is ready to provide an "interactive learning experience" to students.
TMJ4 News has copied below, verbatim, of what the school district plans to happen when virtual learning begins:
What to Expect - Grade Level Slides:
- 4K - ELC, Lincoln-Erdman (two full days per week), Cleveland (AM daily)
- Elementary Schools
- Middle Schools
- High Schools
Charter School Families: Due to the unique school structures of our charter schools, virtual learning plans may vary from the SASD virtual learning plans. If your child attends a charter school, please watch for more information from your school.
- Contact your school’s office if you have specific questions.
- All school buildings will be closed for in-person instruction, athletics/sports, co-curricular activities, and Community Recreation Department activities including child care, fitness centers, and facility rentals through November 2.
- Free Grab-n-Go Meals - We are expanding our meal distribution while schools are in virtual learning. Meals can be picked up Monday-Friday from 7:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the door of the following school locations: Cleveland, Cooper, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln-Erdman, Longfellow, James Madison, Pigeon River, Sheridan, North and South.
- Technology Support - Visit our Instructional Technology Support site for video tutorials and tips on how to use online learning platforms. Use our Online Help Desk to request support with your school-issued iPad or Chromebook. If “live” assistance is needed, your school’s library media specialists will have daily “live office hours” listed within the grade level slides linked above.
- Watch for More Information - We understand the stress this puts on families from a planning and/or childcare standpoint. We are hopeful we can return to hybrid learning on November 2. We will be consulting with our county health department and then communicating future plans with parents on October 28.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know that we are taking this action to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.
I am very proud of our students and staff for all of the outstanding work they have done these first few weeks of school. The commitment of our entire school community to work together and keep everyone safe in our schools did not go unnoticed.
If you have questions, please email the Sheboygan Area School District at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your child’s school principal.
Seth A. HarvatineSuperintendent of SchoolsSheboygan Area School District