SHEBOYGAN — The Sheboygan Area School District held its first board meeting of 2021 and its first since resuming in-person learning on Tuesday night.
These are the four major takeaways to know from the meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 12:
• The number of district students continuing with all-virtual learning for the remainder of the semester sits between about 35-40%. Read about the school's reopening plan here.
• There is no word yet if teachers will be added to the essential worker definition, which would include then in Phase 1B of the Wisconsin vaccination plan. Here's our latest update on where Sheboygan County is in the distribution. The school has placed a request that when staff are eligible for the vaccination, that all or some schools are able to hold their own clinics to make access easier. The district reported they have not heard back on that request.
• The district will continue to complete social and emotional student surveys to address growing concerns for students throughout the school year.
• The Fox River Classic Conference will now be allowing a limited number of spectators into winter conference competitions. Two spectators will be allowed per athlete beginning this week and into next week. Gyms will be cleared and sanitized between competitions including between freshman, junior varsity and varsity matches.
Special education enrollment cap
• The board voted to close this year's open enrollment for IEP students into the district. According to Jason Ledermann, Special Education Director, the district remains at or near capacity with resources including classroom space and staff, so it cannot support any additional due to open enrollment.
• The board approved the removal of 24 diplomas for early graduation:
Étude High School: 5
North High School: 12
South High School: 5
Warriner High School: 2