Posted Date: 08/25/2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, August 25, 2020
We want to welcome all of our students and families back to the 2020-2021 school year. We are very excited to get the students back in school and learning again in-person. We have missed all of you and cannot wait to see all of you. We wanted to give the most recent updates in our return to school guidelines. We are also making a powerpoint with all the information that we will be sending out this week. We do want to state that we are still at a high level of cases of COVID-19 in our county, and guidelines could change at any moment. Please look for emails from us and check the website as all updates will be going to those two places to post information.
Please make sure that all of your registration has been completed with the secretaries. It is crucial that we have your phone numbers and emails updated in order to get you all of the information needed. Having updated Emergency Contact information is also very important if your child needs to be sent home right away.
It is also very important that you prepare ahead of time an option for childcare if the school district needs to go all virtual at any time. We may not have much notice on going all virtual and we want everyone to be prepared in advance if this should happen.
The Plum City School District will be sticking with the Cohort Model to reopen schools. We decided this was the best possible way to keep the most students in school the longest. Our goal is to keep students in person learning as much as we can. This most likely will be the most difficult for grades 6-12 with the playing of sports. It is our priority that the Elementary students can be in person even if the upper grades need to go virtual.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, we will be having a virtual open house. Please look on the school website and check each teacher directory to watch an introduction to each of the grade level classes. Mr. Kerg and Mr. Haglund will also have an introductory video to watch. Ms. Vesperman will have an overall school district video as well regarding the start of school.
On Wednesday afternoon the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released its new guidelines for school reopening. The vast majority of the information mirrored our school district plan, but there were a few major changes in the guidance that may affect our local school families and staff.
The most important change in guidance is having to do with the exclusion of ill students and staff. In our current plan, we followed the guidance that allowed a student or staff member to return to school following COVID-like symptoms being resolved for a 24 hour period. The following guidance has now been issued that has updated the symptom guideline and amount of time an ill person or household member must be excluded from school. Below is the guidance:
A person should be excluded if they have
Shortness of breath
new loss of taste
At least two of the following symptoms:
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or Vomiting
Students and staff who are not tested for COVID-19 infection but meet the symptom criteria must remain home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement of symptoms. While waiting for test results the symptomatic person and all household contacts will be excluded from school and school activities.
Students and staff who test negative return if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications.
Siblings and household members must also be excluded from school until the symptomatic person tests negative or if symptomatic person is not tested then all household contacts must remain out of school for 14 days past last exposure with symptomatic person.
We will be sending out a presentation this week that has all of the back-to-school guidelines in it. Please make sure you check our website out on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. to watch the open house back to school videos. Each teacher will have a short video to watch of what to expect from their individual classes. It is very important that you watch these videos. Mr. Kerg and Mr. Hagland will also both have a video on what to expect in each of those buildings. Ms. Vesperman will also have one giving the district address of what to expect in the new school year for the school district. If you have any questions after watching the videos, please contact the teacher or administrator and they will be glad to help answer them.
We appreciate your patience with our guidance and through the last six months with COVID-19. It is the Plum City School District’s goal to make sure that our students are as safe as they can be, that we provide the best education possible in uncertain times, and that we support families every step of the way. Do not hesitate to call the administration at any time. We are here for you as any family would be to the best of our capabilities.
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Dear Students and Parents,
May 1, 2020
We hope everyone is doing well during this time of staying at home. We wanted to take some time to update you on what is going on in the Plum City School District with the COVID-19 stay at home order.
We will be continuing to do E-Learning the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Seniors last day of class will be on May 22, 2020. The last day of class for 4K-Grade 11 will be on May 29, 2020. The governor has ordered that schools be closed for the remainder of the school year. The date for this is June 30th. There will be no school activities allowed right now until at least July 1, 2020. The district is planning on doing Virtual summer school for remedial students in Math and Reading. We will request students to be a part of this learning. However, if you would like to have your child get extra help in Reading and Math this summer you will be allowed to sign up for it as well. Information will be sent out when we have details completed. We want to prepare you that we may only be able to have virtual summer school. We also want to prepare you for the fact we may have to continue virtual school at the start of school. We also may start school with limitations and go back to virtual school some time during the school year.
Starting May 11, 2020 we will be taking on a new approach to Elearning. All 6-12 students will be required to attend face-to-face virtual learning during their class times. Teachers will be instructing them and students should be able to ask questions and ask for help during this time. This is the way we will start the school year next year if we are not allowed to come back to school in the Fall. We want to try it out for the last few weeks of this year so we are ready to go in the Fall. Mr. Kerg will be sending out more information out to everyone on how this will work. All students should be checking in daily and doing all the work. Students will receive grades for this quarter. For students who have not completed anything they will be required to do summer school in June to complete unfinished tasks.
Please make sure when you drop school work off in the dropbox that the student and teacher’s name is on what you are handing in. We have been trying to deliver things as soon as we can to and from school in regards to student work. Thank you everyone for dropping work off at the school. This is much appreciated by the district.
We will be serving free lunches through June 30th. If you have not signed up for this service and want to please contact the high school office or Todd Burquist. This has been a great service for the community. Todd has done an outstanding above and beyond job with the meals. Big thank you to Lori Martin and Kim Ingli for helping with delivery of meals. We will keep you informed if we will serve lunches after June 30, 2020.
Pride Challenge will be happening again on May 15, 2020. We had our first one today and it was a great experience. Students did some wonderful things for others today. The flyer for this is posted on our website.
The school playgrounds are still off limits. We posted signs in areas that people cannot be on. We have a beautiful new tennis court/basketball platform that finally was poured this month.
We will be having a virtual graduation on May 22, 2020. This will take place at 7:00 p.m. We will send out more details when we have them in place. Everyone should be able to watch the graduation. This is the original graduation time and date.
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact the school at any time if you have questions about anything. We are here for you. Take care.
3/24/20 Updates Below
3/18/20 Update Below
As our second E-Learning practice day comes to a close and as we prepare for the next two weeks of E-Learning, I wanted to send a little update and hopefully answer any questions you may have.
First of all, I think it is important to review what E-Learning is for the Plum City School District. Of course when you hear the phrase E-Learning, our minds quickly go to digital learning. That is certainly a large aspect of E-Learning and many of our teachers will be using a variety of digital platforms to reach out to their students and continue the learning process. However, other components of E-Learning will include the delivery of learning packets that have already been sent home and additional ones will be forthcoming.
Where did this whole E-Learning idea come from? The Alma, Durand-Arkansaw, Elmwood, Pepin, and Plum City School Districts started exploring this learning platform last year after our crazy winter. We dedicated staff development time over the summer, as well as throughout this school year, to ensure that we had a strong plan in place and that our staff and students were prepared. This consortium obviously did not envision utilizing E-Learning due to the large scale Pandemic that we are currently facing, but thankfully we are ready.
So why are we doing E-Learning? First and foremost, our staff is dedicated to educating your child and we are committed to that mission. By no means do we believe that these days can fully replicate the value of time spent inside our classrooms where students engage in healthy discussion, debate and inquiry in the pursuit of knowledge. Teachers are an essential part of any school system and cannot be replaced. However, we do believe that through preparation and hard work, our staff and students have developed an E-Learning plan that can continue to push individual student learning forward.
How long will we continue to do E-Learning? This is a great question and of course one that doesn’t have a definitive answer. We do know that all Wisconsin schools are closed up to April 6th, but yesterday the state did announce that schools will be closed indefinitely. As we continue to move forward through this complex situation, more guidance will be provided and we as a District will use that information to make decisions and keep you informed.
Does our E-Learning count towards state requirements for hours of instruction? Yes it does! Although the State of Wisconsin has issued waivers excusing mandated hours of instruction during this current school closure, we will be counting all of our E-Learning days. This is very important as it ensures that our students are meeting educational objectives and state requirements during this mandated closure. Furthermore, with the complexity of this situation and a constantly moving target of what will be required, we are able to offer some consistency. Consistency in our learning process and plan, as well as a belief that we are proactively meeting state requirements and that all of our students will remain on track with their current education pathway.
We do have some old devices that we got ready today for students who have no devices at home to check out during this time. We may not have one for everyone at this time. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are in need of a device. We will arrange with you how to get the device to you.
To conclude, I hope that you have found this information helpful. I cannot reiterate enough how proud I am of our District. Our staff and students have worked very hard to develop an excellent E-Learning platform. Their hard work will definitely continue during this closure as we work together to provide each student with the best educational experience possible. Thank you parents and guardians as well, as you have been absolutely amazing during this difficult time. Continue to check the website and your emails for updated information. I have daily meetings that I am doing with health officials and other superintendents. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly, or if you or your child have any specific class related questions, please reach out to that teacher directly.
Thanks and make it a great day!
Superintendent of Plum City Schools
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm to issue a statewide closure of all public and private schools for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
The mandated closure of schools will begin on Thursday, March 19th, with an anticipated reopening on April 6th. The date of reopening is subject to change. We have decided to close on Wednesday, March18th. Students will get all their assignments for three weeks of day to day classes to be completed. On Tuesday, March 17th, students will run through with their teachers the online requirements to make sure everything is working. We will help students fix any glitches they have so they are up and running for the time they are out of school.
There will be no athletics or activities during this time. Everything has been cancelled.
Students will be assessed on work they are doing over this time away from school. Teachers will review with the students before they are assessed. We will also be taking attendance the best as we can each day. Teachers are being asked to have contact with their students every day we are out. Work will be looked at when the students return.
Teachers are also sending home a variety of websites that students could do a lot of practice work on with Reading and Math.
We did a survey on Friday, March 13th. This survey told us that a majority of our students have internet access and device access. If you do not have access to either of these, please contact your principal. We will see what we can do. Phones can be used for much of the information in grades 6-12. Per the survey, an overwhelming majority of families stated that they don't require meals. As such, the district will not be providing meals for students at this time.
We are recommending that during this timeframe of when students are not in school, they stay at home and not at each other’s houses as much as possible. The purpose of our schools being closed is to eliminate the spread of this virus. Please let us know if you and your family are traveling anywhere outside of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Please check your email, and the school website will be posting frequently for any updates on the date to return. We expect to get more information from DPI on Monday, March 16th. At this time we have not been given a lot of direction on how everything will work. We are doing our best to stay up to date with guidelines, working together with other area schools, working with all CESA 11 schools, and the Department of Health.
We have included some documents that were given to us to try to prevent the spread of the virus. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us at the school. We will get back to you as soon as we can.