The 2020-21 school year will be defined by the impact of the COVID-19 virus and progress made to deliver treatment, tests, and vaccines. The district’s planning will rely heavily on combined guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin State Department of Health, Waukesha County Health Department and Center for Disease Controls and Prevention.
Specifically, KM will collaborate with Waukesha County districts and Waukesha County, dovetailing on their "Stay Safe to Stay Open" campaign, to inform the strategies of fall re-entry ensuring continuity of instruction while protecting the most vulnerable among us. It is anticipated the 2020-21 school year will require communication establishing firm expectations and responsive adaption.
There is a need to develop response plans for several delivery of instruction scenarios. The scenarios under consideration include:
- District closure and delivery of instruction limited to virtual and at-home learning for 2-5 days in a row, allowing for deep cleaning of environment
- School closure while other schools in district remain open for 2-5 days in a row, allowing for deep cleaning of environment
- Schools open and delivery of instruction to small groups with social distancing (6 ft)
- Schools open and delivery of instruction to groups of 50 or less
- Schools open and delivery of instruction to large groups allowed
- Continuity of virtual instruction for some students, even though face-to-face instruction is possible
The district will draft initial thoughts and plans, which will be vetted with representatives from: school board, staff, parents, community members and the county health department. The draft timeline for various phases in developing the plans include:
May 21: Responsibilities shared with District Leadership, Primary lead assigned, questions answered
June 25: Subcommittees present their initial draft with Administrators & DoLs; receive feedback;
July 15: Subcommittees share second draft of plan with Lead Educators and Parent Group; answer questions; receive feedback
July 21: Subcommittees share third draft of plan with School Board
August 5: Subcommittees share final draft of plan with clear expectations regarding communication needs to staff, parents, and community