SHEBOYGAN — Tuesday's meeting is technically just a board of education committees meeting, but Sheboygan Area School District families should be fully prepared for a potential update on the learning plan.
The meeting agenda states that Superintendent Seth Harvatine and other staff will be providing an update on district instruction and operations, as referenced in the plan at the last board meeting.
"The administration will provide an update on current implementation plans for instruction and operations," the agenda says.
Where does the district currently stand?
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the board decided to extend virtual learning through Friday, Nov. 13. The plan stated that Tuesday night's meeting would be the point at which the administration would reassess the data to determine how to move forward.
Under the existing plan, in-person learning would resume on Monday, Nov. 16.
What could a return to in-person learning look like for the district?
Other school districts within the county are all currently operating in some form of in-person learning. Several schools have been able to operate rather normally due to their smaller class size with some modifications in high-traffic areas and times of the day.
The majority of other schools have also moved to or have been working under a cohort model to split up students attending class in-person and virtually. At Howards Grove, who did end up having to turn to remote learning at Northview Elementary at one point, students have been separated into two cohorts by last name. Cohort 1 meets in-person on Monday and Tuesday and virtually the remainder of the week while Cohort 2 meets in-person on Thursday and Friday, for example.
Random Lake, who also faced building shutdowns due to increased cases and quarantine numbers, introduced last week an "in-house virtual learning" environment. Students can report to the library where three pods of physically-distanced areas have been set up to give students on-site space to learn from their teachers virtually.
What will Sheboygan Area School Districts do? We may soon find out on Tuesday.