Heights Family Update – 5/13/2020

May 13, 2020
Vanguard Families,
Two months ago, March 13, 2020, Governor Evers made his initial declaration that Wisconsin school
buildings would be closed for the remainder of the school year. Now, we have just over three weeks
remaining of offsite/online learning. As the enormity of the situation continues to reveal the depths of our resolve, The Wisconsin Heights School District appreciates the working relationships we have with our students, families, and the community. This correspondence will give an overview of some end of year items. Students and families can expect more detailed information from building principals and teachers.

All schools will arrange a final material drop off and pick on Friday, June 5. Students will turn in any school materials they have (books, Chromebooks, hotspots, etc.), and will also pick up any personal items that were left in the building. We will be organized by alphabetic order.
• 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – student last name A – F
• 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – student last name G – M
• 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – student last name N – R
• 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – student last name S- Z
We will be organized to support a drive-through format on this day. Families should have materials
boxed/bagged up for return. You will be greeted by school personnel who will grab these materials and
will give you your child’s items.

A few other logistical items:
• Our food service will continue to distribute meals through June 3. Meal pick-up on this date will
provide food through June 5. Look for further information regarding other community resources
that will be available during the summer months.
• The district will be sending summer school information on Friday, May 22. At this time, our plans
include targeted instruction and online enrichment courses that will start on July 6 and run through
July 30. Our final arrangements will be influenced by the state’s progress on the Badger Bounce
Back plan.
• Graduation has been placed on the calendar for Friday, August 7, 2020, at 7:00 PM. The district
still hopes to be able to facilitate some type of in-person activity on this date. If health department
guidelines do not allow such, we will run an alternative ceremony. Seniors and their families can
expect more information from our high school principal (Ms. Dostal).

And what about next year? Based on present guidance, we are planning for three potential options for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
1. A traditional start with students and staff back in our buildings.
2. A blended start with students in the building on a rotational basis and receiving online instruction
on the days they are not physically in the building.
3. An online/offsite learning environment that resembles our present experience.

I wish I could say with clarity what appears to be the most likely scenario, but this situation has proven to be unpredictable at best. What I can say with conviction is, we will work hard to make the best possible plans to support student learning – whatever the methodology looks like. The Wisconsin Heights School District will continue to communicate as we hear more information from the state, and our plans solidify.

District Information: The district will continue to utilize our webpage to post all district-level updates. Please go to www.wisheights.k12.wi.us. Updates are organized by date of release.

Stay positive and stay connected.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

-Helen Keller

It is in our most challenging times that we lean into our family, friends, and other trusted individuals (like teachers), with faith in a greater purpose. We have learned a tremendous amount about resolve, pride, and relationships during this situation. We will be better as a result. Our staff is here to help. Please reach out with any questions or needs that your child has. #VanguardPride #TogetherWeWill

Sincerely,

Mr. Jordan Sinz
District Administrator