Spencer School District Proposes Plans for 2020-2021 School Year

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Spencer School District Proposes 4-Day In-Person Teaching

Spencer (OnFocus) – At Monday’s meeting, Spencer School District finalized plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

School Board President, Tom Schafer, made opening remarks that acknowledged that this process has not been easy for the students, the teaching staff, and the parents.

The school board meeting was set for Monday at 4:30 pm. Full agenda here.

Over 20 community members were presented at the meeting.

John Dunbar, a parent, during open comment said, “Six parents contacted me that they were not able to attend the meeting based on the scheduling time of the meeting.”

Many parents addressed the need for the school to be open 5 days a week, as well as the social and mental health of the students.

Mike Endreas, District Administrator, said, “It was very evident in our parent survey that a large number of parents prefer to have their child back in school. We have to balance the needs of all kids.”

Mike Endreas presented the proposed reopening plan. The plan consisted of three tiers. The tiers are based off the activity level in the region set by the Wisconsin Department of Health. The information is updated every Wednesday at 2 pm.

As of today only one county in the state is in the low activity level and 13 counties are in the medium activity. Marathon County as of Wednesday, June 22nd is listed in the high activity level.

Jason Gorst said, “What we are trying to do right now is to have multiple tiers, with the ultimate goal is to have the kids in school as much as possible. Whatever is decided tonight, we ask that you continue to be flexible.”

Low Covid Activity Medium Covid Activity Level – Hybrid High Activity Level
• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – All Students attend in person
• Wednesday – Students learn virtually
• Students will work from home on projects, assignments or other tasks provided by the teachers
• Facilities are deep cleaned and sanitized
• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
– 4K – 6th grade students attend in person, remain with cohort group throughout the day.
• 7th – 12th grade attend on scheduled days to maintain smaller class sizes.
• Wednesday – Students learn virtually
• Students will work from home on projects, assignments or other tasks provided by the teachers
• Facilities are deep cleaned and sanitized
• Monday – Friday – 4K – 12th attend virtually
• Uniform format and expectations will be established
• Instruction and evaluation will be based on the essential standards for the courses
• Communication with students and parents/guardians will be a priority

 

Motion carried 4-1 to accept the reopening plan as presented by school staff. Based on the motion and the current Covid activity in Marathon County, Spencer would be opening education instructions under the High Activity Level presented.

Mrs. Schulz and Mr. Gorst plan to address the specific day-to-day needs of each area at a later day.

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