Shorewood School District approves plan for virtual+ learning come fall

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Posted at 7:17 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 20:17:28-04

SHOREWOOD — The Shorewood School District has approved a fall plan that involves virtual learning through the first quarter.

The plan, which was unanimously passed by the school board, involves live video classes and scheduled in-person access to staff.

The virtual+ learning model will be in place beginning Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Nov. 6. From there, the school board and staff will reassess.

The plan proposal was based on various surveys that were sent out to students, parents, and staff. According to the district, the plan "will provide our district with guidance until we get a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19."

The district emphasized in their announcement that this new way of learning will be much different than the emergency virtual learning students had last spring.

According to an email from the district, here's how it will be different:

Live Video Classes
Structured schedules for students to attend synchronous (live) classes with teachers, along with time for teachers and students to check in on any questions and concerns that arise during the school year. Details of the new Virtual+ Learning schedules can be found in the attached report.

Scheduled In-person Access to Staff
Scheduled in-person access to school buildings and staff for small group and individual education, therapy, and counseling services. Strict safety precautions such as masks, social distancing, and the cleaning of indoor spaces between uses will be required when students and staff are on campuses.

Limited Student Supervision at School
Supervision at school for families who cannot be home during daytime virtual learning hours. Due to the District’s limited capacity, this service is only for students and families who have no other options for child supervision during the school day.

The district faculty will spend the remainder of the summer learning and setting up the new form of teaching.

You can read the full plan from the Shorewood School District below.

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