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Wisconsin schools receive state guidance on reopening

Brandon Weathers
Updated: June 22, 2020 10:27 PM

Wisconsin families are beginning to get an idea of what to expect when school is back in session.

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Spooner Area School District Superintendent David Aslyn said, "We are certainly glad to receive some guidance and recommendations from the Department of Public Instruction."

In announcing guidelines Monday, the State of Wisconsin offered four scheduling suggestions that would allow for social distancing.

The first scenario is a four-day week with no in-person classes on the fifth day to allow for deep cleaning.

Scenario two involves students meeting in-person in two-day rotations.

Scenario three is an A/B week rotation which would divide students into two groups that alternate virtual and in-person education each week.

The final scenario brings elementary students back for face-to-face learning with secondary students continuing to learn virtually.

The state's guidance provides recommendations to follow rather than mandates. With COVID-19 cases varying from one county to another, the plans to reopen may look different based on location.

"Here in the two counties that the Spooner Area School District serves, we've had to-date about 5 cases of COIVD. Certainly our outlook if that trajectory were to remain the same is different that that you would see in, say, the Madison area or the Milwaukee area," Aslyn said.

Aslyn said the details of how local districts plan on reopening will be released closer to the start of the school year based on conditions at that time.

Minnesota leaders expect to announce which plan of three previously outlined will be put in place statewide in the week of July 27th.

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