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USDD Transitioning All Schools to Virtual Instruction

September 24, 2020

 

Dear Families

 

I regret to inform you the Unified School District of De Pere will be transitioning all of our schools to full-time virtual instruction due to new cases of COVID-19 today, and the resulting need to quarantine a large number of students and staff.  In addition, as the infection rates in De Pere and Brown County continue to rise, our three local hospitals are reporting they have reached a critical stage with the number of hospitalizations they are experiencing. Please know that we are taking this action to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. 

 

We have planned for this scenario and are ready to quickly make the transition. It is our intent to return to face to face and blended instruction on Monday, October 12. Other factors, such as community spread and local hospitalization rates will influence the District’s decision to reopen on October 12 or to extend virtual instruction.

 

The schedule for our schools is as follows.

 

High School and Middle School:  

  • Friday, September 25:  No School.  Teachers prepare for virtual instruction.
  • Monday, September 28:  Virtual instruction begins.
  • Monday, October 12: Tentative date for return to blended learning instruction 
 

Foxview Intermediate and Elementary Schools:

  • Friday, September 25:  Foxview and all elementary schools report to school as scheduled with early release and virtual elementary parent-teacher conferences.
  • Monday, September 28:  No School.  Teachers prepare for virtual instruction.
  • Tuesday September 29:  Virtual instruction begins.
  • Monday, October 12: Tentative date for return to full time in-person instruction

Notification of Close Contacts

Consistent with our USDD COVID-19 Exposure Protocols, families of students who are identified as close contacts will receive a separate email and/or phone communication with details on quarantine and testing. Please watch your email for this notification. If you do not receive a separate notification, no further action is required on the part of your family or your student.

 

Additional details on technology support, food service, learning schedules and more will be forwarded to you tomorrow. Please watch your email, our website, and social media channels for updates.

 

We know full time virtual learning is not ideal for some students and families. However, we are confident in our ability to provide meaningful and progressive instruction, and have made significant changes to our virtual program since the statewide school closure last spring. We also understand how hard it is for families to make alternative arrangements on short notice. Closing our schools is not a decision we take lightly.

 

Our Continued Request

Community spread of the virus affects our ability to provide in-person instruction at our schools. We ask that your family take the necessary precautions to help in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Please continue wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, avoiding large group gatherings, and staying home when sick. 

 

Thank you for your understanding and support as we move forward.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ben Villarruel

Superintendent