Plans for the 2021-22 school year are coming into focus for districts in Douglas County. Students can expect to receive on-site instruction five days a week, based on current projections. The need for virtual learning, however, will continue.

“In a recent survey to current full virtual families, we learned that many families, regardless of the learning plan for next year, are interested in a full virtual option for their child for the 2021-22 school (year),” Superior School District Administrator Amy Starzecki said in a Monday, May 3, email to families.

The way that learning will be provided differs from district to district, however.

Superior

The Superior School District will provide its own curriculum and teachers for virtual learners. Superior School District families must commit to virtual education for the entire school year. They have until May 21 to enroll.

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“It is imperative we know which students are enrolling in the full virtual option this spring so we can plan for staffing by assigning or hiring virtual teachers and developing school schedules,” Starzecki said.

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Instruction will take place five days a week for virtual learners and they will be expected to spend the same amount of time engaged in learning as on-site students. Students should have a history of good grades and good attendance in a virtual setting if they are considering virtual schooling for 2021-22. Students who have not had success in this model will be expected to attend school in-person, Starzecki said.

Visit superior.k12.wi.us for information and a link to registration forms.

Maple

The Maple School District will contract with third-party vendors, Educere and E-Dynamic Learning, to provide virtual education to students in grades 6-12. Families must commit to a minimum of one term, or nine weeks. Livestreaming of classes would only be provided to students who are under COVID-19 quarantine.

Virtual students would not be eligible to participate in on-site classes such as band or choir; they would, however, be allowed to participate in afterschool activities and sports.

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Students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in virtual learning, including an attendance record of 85% or higher. They must have passed all the classes from the previous quarter and have no referrals or consequences related to cheating or academic dishonesty.

Parents of middle and high school students choosing the virtual option must attend a meeting with the vendors the first week of August, or watch a recording of the event.

The Maple School Board approved the decision to contract with third-party vendors at its April 12 regular board meeting.

More information is available at nw-tigers.org/District/News.