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State officials release guidance on reopening schools

State officials release guidance on reopening schools Photo: WDIO File

Updated: June 22, 2020 12:00 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State education officials say flexibility will be key in reopening classrooms in Wisconsin’s 421 school districts amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Public Instruction released guidance Monday on what educators should consider in the coming school year. It is the first comprehensive set of recommendations from the education department on returning students to school in the fall.

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The new guidelines for Wisconsin schools show that big changes are in store if and when buildings reopen for students. The guidelines are recommendations, not mandates. But they say classes should be kept to no more than 10 students per teacher.

Click to view the guidance for district and school leadership to use as they plan for reopening schools for the upcoming fall semester. The document, Education Forward, provides information for a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school, and resources for infection control and mitigation.

DPI says school districts should be prepared to shift between in-person, physically-distanced and virtual learning as they deal with changing aspects of COVID-19.

State education officials say that as new best practices develop, health and safety recommendations may change. They say physical distancing to avoid contracting the coronavirus may mean reducing classroom size by having students attend school in staggered groups or in shifts.

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