(Beaver Dam) Public schools across Wisconsin are returning to the classroom on Tuesday and educators in Beaver Dam say they are ready after adopting and refining their Return To School Plan this summer. The multi-faceted strategy uses CDC and local county public health guidelines in outlining scenarios, subject to change with any pandemic-related developments. For example, if there is low coronavirus activity in the county, there could be in-person learning at all grade levels with no masks needed. Conversely, with high levels of infections, school could become virtual based only.
Superintendent Mark DiStefano explained last week on WBEV’s Community Comment that students returning will see a hybrid approach with children in early Kindergarten through sixth grade in school five days a week with limited movement and the same teacher all day. Seventh through 12th graders would be in school for two days while having three days of virtual learning.
Unless there are medical considerations, DiStefano says students and staff will be required to wear masks at all times place and maintain at least three feet of physical distance in the classroom. Around 79-percent of students will be learning in-school while over 21-percent have opted for the virtual option.