WUSD Acknowledges the District Will Likely Be Closed Beyond April 6; Remote Education Resumes After Next Week’s Spring Break

The following letter was sent to families of all WUSD students on March 20.

Dear Families:


Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding during this school closure caused by COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Virus). Governor Evers originally ordered schools closed until April 6. Recently, he extended that order to say that schools will be closed for the duration of the public health emergency. It is now likely that the Whitewater Unified School District will be closed beyond April 6. It is important for families and schools to plan and be prepared for a longer closure.


This week, we began the new challenge of educating students remotely. Whitewater teachers began online instruction for high school and middle school students and provided elementary students and parents with learning materials and packets. Home-based educational services will be suspended during spring break, Saturday, March 21 to Sunday, March 29.  Services will resume on March 30.


Home-based education is a challenge for all of us, but perhaps even more so for parents and guardians. We view parents and guardians as our partners in meeting this challenge.  We know there will be glitches in our first attempts in educating students remotely and communicating with parents and guardians. Please be assured that every WUSD educator is making a good faith effort to provide needed services to all children. Thanks for your patience, understanding, and continuing cooperation.


Please note that WUSD’s distribution of food for students and children will also be suspended during spring break. Distribution will resume on March 30. A number of community groups are providing food to families and community members.  To learn more about these resources, visit our website: https://www.wwusd.org/covid-19.


During the District closure, schools will not be answering their phones.  The best way to contact the school is via email. If you are running into problems logging into resources, please contact your student’s teacher.

Sincerely,


Dr. Jim Shaw, PhD
District Administrator


Estimadas Familias:


Gracias a todos por su cooperación y comprensión durante el cierre de esta escuela causado por COVID-19 (Nuevo virus del coronavirus). El gobernador Evers originalmente ordenó el cierre de las escuelas hasta el 6 de abril. Recientemente, extendió esa orden para decir que las escuelas permanecerán cerradas mientras dure la emergencia de salud pública. Ahora es probable que el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Whitewater permanezca cerrado más allá del 6 de abril. Es importante que las familias y las escuelas planifiquen y estén preparadas para un cierre más largo.


Esta semana, comenzamos el nuevo desafío de educar a los estudiantes de forma remota. Los maestros de Whitewater comenzaron la instrucción en línea para estudiantes de high school y middle school, y proporcionaron a los estudiantes de primaria y padres materiales y paquetes de aprendizaje. Servicios educativos basados en el hogar se suspenderán durante las vacaciones de primavera, el sábado, 21 de marzo al domingo, 29 de marzo. Servicios se reanudará el 30 de marzo.


La educación basado en el hogar es un desafío para todos nosotros, pero quizás aún más para los padres y tutores. Vemos a los padres y tutores como nuestros socios para enfrentar este desafío. Sabemos que habrá problemas técnicos en nuestros primeros intentos de educar a los estudiantes de forma remota y con el comunicar con los padres y tutores. Tenga la seguridad de que cada educador de WUSD está haciendo un esfuerzo de buena fe para proporcionar los servicios necesarios a todos los niños. Gracias por su paciencia, comprensión y cooperación continua.


Tenga en cuenta que la distribución de alimentos de WUSD para estudiantes y niños también se suspenderá durante las vacaciones de primavera. La distribución se reanudará el 30 de marzo. Varios grupos comunitarios están proporcionando alimentos a familias y miembros de la comunidad. Para obtener más información sobre estos recursos, visite nuestro sitio web:  https://www.wwusd.org/covid-19.


Durante el cierre del Distrito, las escuelas no contestarán sus teléfonos. La mejor manera de contactar a la escuela es por correo electrónico. Si tiene problemas para llegar a los recursos, comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo.

Sinceramente,


Dr. Jim Shaw, PhD

Administrador del Distrito

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