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Stevens Point Area School District announces back to school plan

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW): The Stevens Point Area School District has announced its plan for reopening schools.

Elements of the plan are broken down by grade, and include:

  • 4k students attend in person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Kindergarten through 6th grade students will begin in a traditional learning model 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) with E-Learning on Wednesday.
  • 7-12 grades students attending in-person classes will begin the year in a blended learning model. Student last names A-L attend in person Monday and Tuesday, with E-Learning on Thursday and Friday. Student last names M-Z attend E-Learning Monday and Tuesday, and in person on Thursday and Friday. All students will have E-Learning on Wednesday.
  • Parents who prefer a full-time E-Learning option are asked to inform the district.

The district will also require face-coverings on buses and in school, and will implement a gradual start to the school year.

“In-person classroom learning was shut down abruptly almost four months ago,” said Craig Gerlach, superintendent. “We need time to reboard our staff, to allow them time to prepare classrooms, prepare lessons, and also to reboard our students. We want to give students transitioning to new schools time to learn where their lockers and lunchrooms as we all re-acclimate to the school environment.” 

Gerlach also acknowledged that there will be many questions to answer as the district works to prepare for the upcoming school year that's unlike any other.

“We really feel it is important to provide learning opportunities in the safest environment we can provide while also valuing and allowing for family and student choice," Gerlach said. "We know some students and families are not ready to come back to the classroom, and we know some students and families are very ready to come back to the classroom. This plan allows us to continue to provide all students with the exceptional level of education our community expects and appreciates.” 

Click here for more information on the district back to school plan.

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