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Newman Catholic Schools to offer in person and virtual learning options

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WAUSAU (WAOAW) -- When you walk into the AP math room at Newman Catholic High school the white board still has the same notes on it as four months ago after schools abruptly came to a end.

"The crazy part for me to comprehend is no one has been here before and we don't know what to expect," said Michael Nichlaus the AP math teacher at Newman Catholic High school.

However, come August white boards are being replaced by smart boards and laptops allowing teaching to be done not only in person but virtually at the very same time.

"If a student wants to stay home because they aren't feeling well they will be fine that way their lack of learning won't happen," Nicklaus said.

With about a month to go until kids return to the classroom teachers at Newman Catholic were trained on a new reality on Tuesday.

Including how to take social distancing measures.

When social distancing isn't possible students will be required to wear a mask.

"We have disinfecting solutions and installed sanitize stations and hand washing stations in every class room and every exit throughout the building," said Amy Mettlach the director of instruction.

These changes are happening because school leaders say in person learning just is not replaceable.

"Our elementary students when they are learning to read they look at their teacher to see how you shape a sound its difficult to do that remotely," said Mettlach.

As for parents, Newman Catholic will be sending out a survey this Thursday for you to fill out to let them know whether you plan on sending your child back to school or not.

Victoria Saha

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