WUSD Press Release: School Board Approves Instructional Plan

WHITEWATER, WI, August 11 — At its meeting Monday night, the School Board of the Whitewater Unified School
District (WUSD) voted to approve the district’s Fall Instructional Plan. As a result, students will engage
in a combination of in-person and virtual learning starting Tuesday, September 1.
The district will begin the school school year in Phase I, which means students in grades K-5 will take
part in virtual learning with a rotating schedule of small-group in-person classes. Students in grades
6-12 will participate in an orientation-to-schools day with virtual learning follow-up instruction.
Prekindergarten students will learn in small-group in-person classes on two half-days each week.

“We are pleased to move forward with what we believe is a sound plan for approaching the upcoming
school year and all of the uncertainties associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on
teaching and learning,” said Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty, WUSD District Administrator. “While we know that
not everyone will agree with every decision we make, we will continue to work to minimize risks for
students and staff while providing a high-quality educational experience to all of our students.”

The district also will offer an all-virtual option for families who cannot or do not yet feel comfortable
having their children attend school in person at this time.

To help students and families gain a greater understanding of the virtual platforms that will be used for
teaching and learning this school year, WUSD will hold training sessions on Tuesday, August 18 in the
Whitewater High School auditorium. A Seesaw training for parents of students in grades 4K-5 will start
at 6:30 p.m., while a Google Classroom training for grades 6-12 will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The district will also provide a Spanish-facilitated version of the presentations on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. in the Whitewater High School Library Media Center.

Banner note: The following fact sheet which provides an overview of the Fall Instruction Plan was referenced in the press release, though not part of it. We found it to be helpful.

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