Beaver Dam School Board Adopts Back To School Options

(Beaver Dam) Intended as a fluid document that could change at any time, the Beaver Dam School Board Monday night adopted a return to school plan. The multi-faceted strategy uses CDC and local county public health guidelines in outlining scenarios.

For example, if Dodge County Public Health’s Safe Restart Program is in Phase Three, with low coronavirus activity in the county, there could be in-person learning at all grade levels with no masks needed.

Conversely, if the county were in Phase One with high levels of infections, school could become virtual-based only, or there would be a heavily modified schedule of virtual learning and in-person learning with masks required.

A more middle of the road approach with Phase Two, which is where the county health department is currently, would see a mixture of virtual and in-person learning options, with limited student movement and masks required during transition times and during bussing.

Parents will be given an option of in-school or virtual learning, which the district is hoping to finalize by early next month. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the virtual learning option will be more robust than the approach the district took mid-year when the pandemic first hit.

There will be other changes for students, including no field trips, no water fountains and the possibility of daily health checks.

Superintendent DiStefano will discuss the plan in greater detail Tuesday afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment.


Listen to Superintendent Mark DiStefano’s presentation here: