Back to School
2020–2021

RE-ENTRY CONSIDERATIONS 

Our District plays a key role in the overall development of our community. We are an essential service and strive to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to reach their potential through academics, the arts and co-curricular activities. The questions below were used to guide the District's re-entry planning.

What do our families want for their children?
What are the social, emotional and mental health needs of students and staff?
How can we provide a healthy and safe learning environment for students and staff?
How can we formulate a practical, flexible and focused learning experience for students?

LEARNING OPTIONS 

We recognize KASD families need learning options that not only offer flexibility but also academically meet and exceed the educational standards we hold ourselves to. As a result of our collaboration and guidance from state and local health agencies, we provide you with the following learning solutions for the 20-21 school year. Access the re-entry overview document by clicking here or see below. 

Students: PK-12 
Schedule: In-person learning five days-per-week
Transportation: KASD will continue to provide transportation for eligible families. Families can determine if they want their child(ren) to ride the bus or if they will transport them to school. The following preventive measures will be taken in regards to transportation:

  • High use areas will be cleaned between routes
  • Deep cleaning will be done between the morning routes and the afternoon routes
  • Masks are highly recommended for students riding the bus
  • Assigned seating with families sitting together
  • Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows
  • ​​​​​​​Busses will be loaded from back to front

At school and in the classroom: 
Staff and students will be asked to practice physical distancing. When an activity requires a person to be closer than six feet. Students will have assigned seats that are spaced as far apart as possible for the majority of their day.

Staff and students will be asked to practice social grouping to limit the risk of exposure if infection becomes present. Students will have assigned seats that are spaced as far apart as possible for the majority of their day. 4K-Grade 8 will stay primarily with the same group of students throughout their day to ensure that their circle of potential exposure is both minimal and easy to trace.

Classrooms will range in size based on enrollment and are expected to be at least 80% of normal capacity.  It will not be uncommon to have more than 20 students in a classroom.​​​​​​​

Staff and students will be asked to wear a mask and perform a daily health screen at home before school. Anyone experiencing the below symptoms, should stay home and contact their health provider for direction on when it is safe to return to KASD facilities.  

Precautions are being taken in music, art, and phy ed to keep students distanced.  KHS and JRG students may be asked to wear masks. Students not comfortable wearing masks should reconsider taking part in these courses.

Lunch and recess will be modified following social grouping strategies. To minimize exposure to others, K-8 students will sit in assigned seats and eat/recess with the same group of students. 

Health and Safety: 
KASD will primarily practice physical distancing and social grouping in addition to utilizing the following strategies:

  • Schools will increase disinfection of high touch areas.
  • All students and staff will be encouraged to wash/clean their hands regularly.
  • Schools will limit sharing supplies between students as much as possible.
  • Students will be taught and reminded regularly to wash their hands and/or disinfect with hand sanitizer.
  • Any student or staff member showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home. Anyone that is found to have a temperature during the day will be isolated and asked to go homeAny positive cases of COVID may cause short term closures of classrooms, buildings, or for your individual child. During this time students will be equipped to continue learning at home. County DHS Departments will work with the district to determine the level of closure..
  • Facilities will have increased circulation of outdoor air as much as possible.
  • At any time, parents may switch to online schooling; however, switching back to in-person instruction can happen only at a quarter break.
  • Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness should stay home. 

 

Students: PK-12 
Schedule: Online learning five days-per-week. Attendance and participation are required daily. The KASD online program follows the state of Wisconsin requirements for school attendance and follows the KASD school calendar including all regular school breaks and in-service dates.  In accordance with state law, all children between five (5) and eighteen (18) years of age must attend school full-time until the end of the term, quarter, or semester in which they become eighteen (18) years of age, unless they have a legal excuse, fall under one of the exceptions in the state statutes, or have graduated from high school. For additional details please review the online program guide here
Meals: Students can participate in the school lunch program
Technology: All students will have access to district provided devices and internet. 
In grades 4K-5K the Seesaw learning platform will be used for online learning. In grades 1-12 the Wisconsin eSchool Network (WEN) platform will be used for online learning.  Training for both online platforms will be available.
Online Overview: 

4K-5K: 

  • Students, on average, can expect to spend about two to four hours per day on course work. This time estimate is a combination of computer-based and hands-on learning activities.  
  • Course work includes a combination of synchronous (students attend a scheduled live session,) and asynchronous (students are able to complete the work at a time that works best in their schedule) learning experiences.
  • All live online sessions and teacher feedback will be scheduled during regular school hours, typically between 8am and 4pm. It is expected that students are available during scheduled online sessions.
  • The computer-based and hands-on learning activities are assessed by the online teacher.
  • The teacher also provides students with consistent feedback and academic support when needed.
  • The teacher uses the live, online sessions each week to assess student understanding and provide feedback. Sessions are scheduled in advance.
  • Student progress is communicated to parents regularly.

GRADES 1-5: 

  • Students, on average, can expect to spend about three to five hours per week for each core course taken and approximately one hour per week for each non-core course. This time estimate is a combination of computer-based and hands-on learning activities.  
  • Course work includes a combination of synchronous (students attend a scheduled live session,) and asynchronous (students are able to complete the work at a time that works best in their schedule) learning experiences.
  • All live online sessions and teacher feedback will be scheduled during regular school hours, typically between 8am and 4pm.  It is expected that students are available during scheduled online sessions.
  • Each course includes built-in assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. which are graded by the online teacher. 
  • The teacher provides students with consistent feedback and academic support when needed. 
  • The teacher uses live online sessions each week to assess student understanding and provide feedback.  Sessions are scheduled in advance.
  • Student progress is communicated to parents regularly.

GRADES 6-12: 

  • Each day, students are expected to participate in a virtual classroom hosted by their teacher at the time communicated at the start of the term. 
  • Students can expect to attend, at minimum, one daily live online session for 30 minutes per class/course.  These live, online sessions will be recorded for students unable to attend that day or to review at a later time. In addition to live online sessions, students have the opportunity to meet with their instructor after class or during their virtual office hours to discuss any questions.
  • Outside of the daily online live sessions, students are expected to complete activities and assignments for up to five hours per day, including but not limited to: practice questions, discussions, readings, labs, projects, and presentations.
  • Students and families must maintain contact with their teacher(s), asking questions as necessary and responding to emails on a consistent basis.
  • It is the student's responsibility to keep up in their course and let relevant staff know of any issues that may cause them to fall behind including an extended absence or problems with technology.
  • The principles of grading in an online environment are similar to a physical classroom.
  • It is important to note that a distinction exists between feedback and grades. Students rely on the instructor to provide written or verbal feedback that guides them to success. This feedback occurs within a 48 hour window.
  • Grades are documentation of student achievement and are posted at regular intervals to keep all involved parties informed of the student's progress.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In an effort to keep our schools open, the Board of Education is requesting masks be worn by both students and staff. The Board reserves the right to make masks mandatory if mitigation efforts require it. Masks will be provided. For more information click here

Trainings for students and staff will be conducted regarding recommendations around the following guiding principles:

  • Physical distancing
  • Social grouping
  • Risk mitigation (traffic flow, hand washing, proper use of masks and cleaning)

The individual identified as a positive case of COVID-19 will be sent home to recover. The Department of Health and Human Services will consult with the District to determine what other actions are required.

You will receive an email on Friday, July 24th from School Perceptions asking you to make a learning selection for each student.

Students who have underlying conditions that may increase the severity of COVID-19 if infected, should consider the risk of in-person learning. Please consult your doctor about the best level of participation for your child. When in doubt, please consider online as the safest model.

Families may switch to online schooling at any time. However, switching back to in-person can happen only at a quarter break.

KASD will continue to provide transportation for eligible families,. Families can determine if they want their child(ren) to ride the bus or if they will transport them to school. The following preventive measures will be taken in regards to transportation:

  • Busses will be disinfected between routes
  • Assigned seating with families sitting together
  • Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows
  • Busses will be loaded from back to front

RESOURCES