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SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — In addition to the Sheboygan Area School District, a few other county schools have also been forced into remote learning models.

One county school's superintendent even shared his own experience with COVID-19.

Here is a quick outline of how the other Sheboygan County school districts are handling COVID-19:

Cedar Grove-Belgium School District

Cedar Grove continues with its in-person learning at the elementary, middle and high school. A virtual learning option was made available for all families.

The district also has a COVID-19 dashboard specifically for its schools. As of Oct. 15, the district recorded five students and three staff members who had tested positive while 94 more students and six staff members had been quarantined.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District

In a district letter dated Oct. 28, the district shared that it had seem positive cases at each building, but have been able to keep the cases contained to continue in-person learning.

"What we are finding is the majority of our positive cases and the identification of close contacts that need to be quarantined are NOT happening due to exposure at school, but from contacts outside the school day – from family contacts and/or those from friends, relatives, social events, etc," the letter stated. "If we want to continue to have our staff teach and students learn on-site, as a community, we need to do all we can to help stop the spread of the disease. To us at school, this is not political—it is practical and it is necessary."

Howards Grove School District

Last week, Northview Elementary resumed in-person learning while the middle and high school continued with a hybrid model.

Cohort 1 (last names A-L) meets in-person on Monday and Tuesday and virtual the remainder of the week while Cohort 2 (names L-Z) meet in-person Thursday and Friday and virtual the rest.

According to a district letter, the schools had a peak of more than 147 students and 20 staff members in quarantine or out sick. As of Oct. 30, that number was down to 55 students and nine staff members.

Kohler School District

Kohler School District is still operating at in-person learning five days a week at the elementary and middle schools. The high school continues to operate in a hybrid cohort model where each cohort has in-person learning two days per week and remote learning three days.

According to the district website, the district has recorded 18 positive cases for in-person and remote students and staff as of Oct. 30.

Oostburg School District

The last district letter went out on Oct. 23, stating that the schools had 17 individuals quarantined, but have been able to keep up with in-person learning.

"I do want to emphasize that we are not taking this virus casually. I have personally experienced the effects, and my experience is not one I would wish on anyone," Superintendent Kevin Bruggink said in the letter. "It is the most difficult sickness I have experienced and not something to dismiss. Our reason for prioritizing in person learning is due to the very real negatives associated with full virtual instruction."

Plymouth School District

Plymouth is another smaller school in the district who has been able to maintain in-person learning. Like others, the high school has been split up into two cohorts alternating in-person and remote learning. As with all other districts, Plymouth continues to offer remote learning at all levels.

Random Lake School District

On Oct. 8, Random Lake canceled all face-to-face operations including in-person instruction, athletic events and any other extracurricular activities due to COVID-19. The Facebook post stated that "estimates indicate that over 30% of our school community (students and staff) are affected." In-person learning resumed Oct. 19.

Beginning Oct. 30, the district moved to an "in-house virtual learning" environment. In this model, students report to the high school library where three distinct pods of physically-distanced areas give students on-site space to learn from their teacher virtually. At that time, the district reported five positive cases with three still awaiting test results.

Sheboygan Falls School District

According to its district COVID-19 dashboard, as of Oct. 26, 12 positive cases have been reported in the district while 144 are in quarantine. That is up from five positive cases on both Oct. 12 and 19.

However, the district continues to be able to operate with its original plan of in-person learning with a virtual school option. The elementary and middle school are working in face-to-face cohort models where students are stationary in the same space throughout the day. High school students have block schedules to avoid the number of hallway passing times and contact with large groups.

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