Heights Family Update – 7/14/2020

July 14, 2020

Vanguard Families,

This message is a follow-up to the email you received on Monday, July 13.  We had several questions from parents and guardians that we would like to answer for all community members.

  • Is the district still considering a five-day a week in-person?

Yes, our administrative team will do so unless public health or our local School Board directs us otherwise.

  • Will the district allow parents to opt in to an online option?  If so, what will it look like?

Yes, if parents are not comfortable with sending their children back to campus in September the district will provide an online learning platform.  The 2020-21 online learning environment will differ significantly from Spring 2020.  We learned a great deal about online/offsite learning during the fourth quarter and are much more prepared to provide rigorous and relevant online instruction.  Additionally, we will be returning to the traditional grading system this fall.

  • Has the district made any systematic changes to support student learning?

The district has purchased a learning management system (LMS) to foster improved communication for both online and in-person students. The LMS, Schoology, will be the one system used for all students, PreK-12. No longer will students and parents have to manage multiple websites (Google classroom, Dojo, etc) as Schoology will house all resources. Staff members completed basic training in June and will have additional professional learning opportunities in the upcoming weeks to advance their skills.  For a preview about Schoology, click on the following link.  Parents can expect login information in early August.

  • What can parents expect next?

The administrative team will share reopening plans with the School Board on Monday, July 27,  at their regularly scheduled meeting.  Subsequently, parents will receive correspondence from their child’s school indicating placement for the 20-21 school year based on parent survey feedback.  Parents will then have until August 10th to confirm these plans with their child’s school.

Throughout Dane County, school administrative teams have been working together with the health department to devise plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Complex issues rarely have simple answers, but the Wisconsin Heights School District will continue to work closely with parents to best meet your students’ needs in these challenging times.

Sincerely,

WHSD Administration