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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MILLER

Oconto Unified School District Families,

 As we continue to see an increase in positive cases for COVID-19 nationwide, and specifically in Wisconsin over the past several weeks, I have re-evaluated our plan and path forward. I have met with County Health leaders, local Superintendents, and consulted our Board of Education to review current health data for Oconto Unified School District and the county. Today, we examined the OUSD health and safety plan with our Return-to-School to address concerns we have received from teachers, staff, parents, and the community. These concerns are about the surge in numbers in our community and school district, along with our lack of substitute teachers for staff who are out.

 Based on these discussions and our monitoring of local and national trends in COVID-19 cases, We will be moving to a full virtual learning model for all students starting on Friday, October 2nd.  We will continue to monitor health data in our area, to return students to in-person instruction on October 19, if those numbers have shown a declining trend.

 Throughout our planning, the health and safety of our staff and students have been our top priorities. A virtual model allows us to continue monitoring the situation until we are confident we can return safely and have the staff support our students' learning.  

 We have devoted time and resources to professional learning to ensure we are well prepared to provide a robust full-time virtual learning program that supports all students. The expectation is that students are responsible for being present every day and engaged in learning. This learning could be in the form of a zoom meeting or work completed within Google Classroom. Your principal and teachers will communicate more specifically with you in regards to student expectations. 

 I want to emphasize that this decision weighs heavily on all of us. We recognize that this change will present challenges to many of our families, and I hope that by informing you now, you will be able to make necessary adjustments to your plans for securing your children a space for virtual learning.

 Our schools’ function is a community-wide effort, and the operation of our schools impacts us all. Getting “back to normal” will take all of us working together, staying positive, and following health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing.

 Thank you for your continued support as we move forward together.

 

Sincerely,

Emily Miller, Superintendent 

 

POINTS OF INTEREST FOR THIS CLOSURE

  1. All staff will be reporting to the buildings.
  2. Students will still have free breakfast and lunches. Please watch for more information to come.  
  3. All extracurricular activities, such as clubs and athletics, will run their current schedules per the Packerland metrics.
  4. Homecoming events will be postponed until we return. The Homecoming game will remain scheduled.
  5. If you are in need of a cellular MIFI internet device, please contact help@oconto.k12.wi.us.
  6. October 16th will remain as a professional development day, and students will not have to attend.
  7. During this closure, OMS and OHS students will virtually attend class schedules, periods 1-8. OES will work with their teachers to develop a plan for instruction and zoom meetings.
  8. Students previously enrolled in our Oconto Virtual Academy using Edmentum, Plato or Calvert will continue their current programs.