Kewaunee County schools are planning to keep in touch with students during the enforced closings that begin no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 18).

Late last week Gov. Tony Evers announced a mandated closing of public and private schools at least until April 6, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The governor took the further step Monday of banning gatherings of 50 or more people.

The Algoma School District is implementing a model that includes virtual instruction via the internet.

“We do not expect students to be online for eight hours,” the district said in an update Monday on its COVID-19 update page. “In fact, we encourage shorter, more focused engagement with course content. Furthermore, it is in your students best interest to create a routine that could be complemented by outside activities, exploration, and problem solving scenarios.”

The Algoma page includes guidelines on “social distancing” among other resources.

The Luxemburg-Casco School District includes links to messages from each of the district’s school principals. Students were asked to report to school Tuesday to be briefed about how instruction will be provided during the closure and to get answers to any questions they might have.

“Please know that at-home instruction will begin this Monday, March 23, for grades 4K-8 and this Wednesday, March 18 for grades 9-12 (high school has been using a virtual instruction platform for some time so they can begin at-home instruction sooner),” the L-C administration said.

Kewaunee schools are also working toward shifting to at-home/virtual learning with a March 23 target start date.

“Families will receive ongoing communication via our Infinite Campus system,” Superintendent Karen Treml said in a letter to parents. “We are asking that all parents/guardians log into Infinite Campus to ensure that we have your most up to date contact information. Detailed instructions on Pre-K-12 learning will be communicated by Friday March 20, including more specific information for families with students who have special education needs.”

All three schools acknowledged the possibility that the state may extend the enforced closing based on events over the next two weeks.

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