Waukesha Schools To Announce Fall Reopening Plan This Week

Scott Anderson

WAUKESHA, WI — Waukesha School Board members will vote on a plan to reopen Waukesha School District schools this fall. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Lindholm Building at 222 Maple Ave.

The meeting comes after a Tuesday night public hearing and a work session in preparation for Thursday's announcement.

Earlier in June, district officials sent a letter to parents, saying administration was considering a "blended" combination of in-school and virtual learning, staggered daily in-school attendance schedules for students or staff, and full virtual learning.

"Our highest priority plan is getting our schools back to normal operating status and our students safely back to school," officials said at the time.

At the time, officials said they were working on plans to accommodate parents who do not want to see their children back in a school building starting in fall, but that the main priority is to get back to normal as safely as possible.

"...our primary plan is getting schools up and running and students back to our schools. However, we do need to have these alternative plans in place," officials said.

On Wednesday, Waukesha County and local school districts are announcing a partnership to provide flexible health and safety guidelines to help schools open safely in the fall.

County officials say 18 local school districts in Waukesha County have committed to follow the principles of “Stay Safe to Stay Open” recommendations developed by area schools and Waukesha County Public Health.

County and education leaders will also urge residents to take action now to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus to ensure students have a safe, successful start to the school year, organizers said.

The announcement will take place Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Menomonee Falls High School and feature Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Health Officer Benjamen Jones, School District of Menomonee Falls Board President Faith VanderHorst, School District of Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen, and Waukesha County Business Alliance President Suzanne Kelley.

This article originally appeared on the Waukesha Patch

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