How Wis. districts are preparing for back to school




In Wisconsin, most students of the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District (G-E-T) will learn in-person this fall. However, virtual instruction will be implemented for all students if Trempealeau County’s COVID-19 status rises to the severe level. Currently, the county is at the high level, which is one level below severe.

“Please help us in our efforts to bring our students back to school this fall by practicing recommendations for staying healthy and reducing the spread of the virus,” G-E-T District Administrator Michelle Butler wrote in a message to district families on the district website. The district was not immediately available for comment.

Elementary students will attend school in-person Monday through Thursday and will have work sent home with them to complete on Fridays. While at school, they will stay with one group of students and have little contact with other students. In the classroom, social distancing will be adhered to as much as possible, sharing materials will be limited and surfaces will be cleaned regularly. Students and staff members will wear masks.

Students who opt to learn at home will have an assigned classroom, and they will participate in lessons and activities via video conferencing. Each Friday, they will meet with their teacher one-on-one through video conferencing.

Middle school students will also attend school Monday through Thursday and have work to finish at home on Fridays. Students will be placed in a group with other students in their grade, and they will go between classes, eat lunch and go to recess in this group. Lockers will be spaced based on students’ assigned groups. As at the elementary level, middle school students and staff members will wear masks, social distancing will take place in classrooms as much as possible and cleaning of surfaces will occur frequently. Additionally, students may decide to learn virtually, and lessons will be posted digitally for those students.

At the high school level, seniors and sophomores will attend school in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays while juniors and freshmen learn at home, and juniors and freshmen will attend school in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays while seniors and sophomores learn at home. On Fridays, all students will participate in virtual learning.

In school, students will go down hallways on the right and wear masks. They will also use hand sanitizer when they go into or out of a classroom. Social distancing will be maintained in classrooms, sharing of materials will be limited and surfaces will be cleaned often. Students will be assigned lockers based on the days on which they will be in school, and those lockers will have space between them. Staff members will wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Virtual learning will be available for students who elect to learn at home, and lessons will be posted online for these students.

Final plans for school in the fall will be presented to the Cochrane-Fountain City School Board this Thursday. The district was not immediately available for comment. However, according to a post from the district on its Facebook page, in-person learning each

weekday for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade is being considered. Social distancing would be in place. Students and staff members would wear PPE. Students would be placed in particular “pods.” Additionally, cleaning would be enhanced.

At-home learning in which students would attend classes through a livestream is also being considered.

Every student would participate in at-home learning if the district must close. Virtual learning remains under investigation.

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