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The Sheboygan Area School District moved all school to online learning on Tuesday evening after a strong uptick in COVID-19 cases in the area.

Here are a few things you need to know about the change:

1. The school schedule

The last day of in-person learning for students will be Friday. Monday will be a non-school day for all students, and virtual learning across the district will start on Tuesday. The anticipated return to in-person learning in the hybrid model is November 2.

2. Buildings will be closed, activities canceled

All school buildings will be closed for in-person instruction, athletics/sports, co-curricular activities, and Community Recreation Department activities including child care, fitness centers and facility rentals through November 2.

3. For ELC students, teachers will use ClassTag

ELC teachers will communicate with parents once a week via ClassTag (ELC) or Seesaw (L-E, Cleveland) to share what student should be working on and provide parents with two recorded literacy lessons and two recorded math lessons. Each lesson will be approximately 10-20 minutes. 

4. How attendance will work 

Instruction will take place daily in a recorded format with teachers offering ideas that allow students to learn at home, the district said. Attendance will be required and taken on a daily basis, the same way in which it is traditionally taken in the classroom.

5. Communicating with elementary school parents

Teachers will communicate with elementary school parents three times during the day when a child will need to be online for live instruction in reading, math, and interdisciplinary learning. 

Additional independent learning or small group sessions will be communicated by a child’s teacher based on the needs.

6. Follow the daily bell schedule

For middle and high school students who were already virtual, they will now be expected to follow the daily bell schedule.
 This means students need to log into each of their classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in accordance with their schedule.

Wednesdays will be asynchronous learning days, meaning that students will be working independently on assigned work.

Teachers will be online during the entirety of the class to provide instruction and/or support.

7. What grading looks like for middle and high schoolers

Grading will continue in its current form for the remainder of the first semester.

This means the school will utilize traditional letter-based grading system of A, B, C, D and F.

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