(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District is temporarily moving to virtual learning. Superintendent Mark DiStefano cited increasing cases and close contact quarantines both in school and in the community along with the impact that has on “overall district wellness and staffing levels.”
The closure will be implemented at some grade levels at different times than others. Students at the high school begin virtual learning on Thursday while kids in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade start on Monday. School will resume at all grade levels on Monday, October 26.
Families in sixth grade will be getting more information on hybrid learning later this week. Sixth graders had been in school five days a week but will be transitioning to a hybrid model, joining students in grades seven through 12. DiStefano
DiStefano says that additional adjustments to the Return To School plan are possible, particularly at the pre-kindergarten through elementary level. The school board will discuss that more in depth at their meeting later this month. There is no change for students already enrolled in the virtual program.
DiStefano asks parents to continue to make healthy decisions that will contribute positively to the sustainability of in-person learning moving forward. He says that will help sustain the best possible opportunities for students during these challenging times.
The district sent this letter to parents on Wednesday:
The purpose of this message is to inform you that due to increasing cases and close contact quarantines in our school and community, as well as the impact this is having on overall district wellness and staffing levels, the following temporary changes to our learning models will be taking place. These adjustments are intended to both respond to our current situation and also better position ourselves for future sustainability.
Effective on Thursday, October 15th, grades 9-12 at Beaver Dam High School will move to virtual instruction through October 21.
Effective on Monday, October 19th, grades 4K-8 throughout the district and grades 9-12 at the DSLA will also move to virtual instruction through October 21. (Note: While this may seem like a brief transition, these days during an already abbreviated 3-day week will capture nine days of separation in total and assist with stabilizing staffing levels that have been impacted by community spread and associated quarantines.)
Effective October 26th, in person learning will resume for all grades. In grades 6-12, learning will continue in the hybrid model until further notice. (Note: The Middle School will be sharing information with impacted families regarding the 6th grade move to hybrid learning later this week.)
During this adjustment, students currently enrolled in the robust virtual learning model will continue with their schedules as usual.
The administration will continue to review and consider some additional adjustments to our Return to School Plan efforts that would take effect during the more traditional flu and holiday seasons to allow the district to most effectively support in person instruction, particularly in grades 4K-5. (Note: The details of these possible adjustments will be shared with the BDFam when they become available and will be presented to the Board of Education for their consideration later this month.)
It is our hope that during these times of online learning for all, our entire BDFam makes a concerted effort to make healthy decisions that will contribute positively to the sustainability of in person learning moving forward. The more we all do our part, the more we can sustain the best possible opportunities for our students during these challenging times. We will continue to do our best to honor the wishes of all families and sustain opportunities for in person instruction.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child(ren)’s school principal if you have any specific questions regarding these adjustments.