Important Updates

Important Updates
Posted on 03/24/2020

Hello Families,

I am writing to update you with pertinent information that may impact you and your family. Thank you for supporting your child(ren) and the District through this interesting time in our lives. I plan to provide families with updated information each Wednesday until we are back in school.

There are more questions than answers for many of us. Below are a few questions the District has received followed by my response at this time:

  • Will students return to school this year? We do not know as of April 1, 2020.
  • Do families continue to follow the school calendar? Yes, for example there is an early release on April 9 and no school on April 10. On April 9, students will have learning opportunities, but on a lesser scale. On April 10, students are not expected to engage on this day. However, they are welcome to continue working on projects, reading, doing physical activity...
  • How will my child(ren) be graded during this time? We are collaborating with other area school districts and exploring options to assess student learning. As soon as we have a clearer picture of grading/reporting, we will share information with you.
  • Will there be school sponsored, WIAA sports and/or extracurriculars for our middle school and high school students? Again, unfortunately we do not know as of April 1, 2020.
  • Will our high school students be able to participate in graduation? We plan to make every possible effort to celebrate this important accomplishment. We realize this is an important event for our community, so we definitely want to celebrate (and hopefully celebrate together). The scheduled date for graduation is Sunday, May 31. This date has yet to be canceled, but it seems likely the date and possibly the format will have to change.
  • Is Junior Prom going to take place? The event will not take place on April 25. We know this means a great deal to our students. I can’t tell you when, where, and what we will be permitted to do, however, we will make every effort to host this event.
  • What is the status of the 8th grade dance? This event has been canceled.
  • Where do I go if I have questions? Communication Flowchart to be shared with Families
    If this chart does not help or answer your question, please feel free to reach out to me - larsonm@w-csd.org (920) 582-5802 ext 3141 or your child(ren)’s principal.
  • How long will we continue the breakfast/lunch delivery program? We have affectionately named this service “Operation Lunchbox” and we will continue while school is closed. Please continue to complete the breakfast/lunch survey by 5PM on Fridays for the coming week. The lunch survey can be found on Facebook or on the District’s website. The survey will be posted by Wednesday at noon each week.

1 - Breakfast/Lunch Opportunity
: We are incredibly excited to share that we are able to provide FREE bagged breakfast and lunch options at pick up locations throughout our school district. This service is provided free to all families, and at no cost to the district. Please, please, please - consider this free option that ensures our kids are all getting a healthy breakfast and lunch, a little variety in their day, saves you time and money, and helps to keep our local grocery store shelves stocked. Current Week's Operation Lunchbox Schedule

BREAKFAST/LUNCH SURVEY: Please see the Upcoming Week's Operation Lunchbox Schedule and Survey with information about our grab-and-go meal options. The next week's updates and survey will be available Wednesday at noon until Friday at 5 pm. *You MUST complete the survey by 5 pm each Friday, in order to pick up meals for the next week. It is important to look for any updates on the letter from week to week, as updates to stops and locations may change from week to week due to use and availability.

2 - Passive Consent for Video Tools
: When our digital learning plan begins on March 30, there are likely to be instances where your child may be asked to participate in a video chat or be asked to record a video of themselves. No one outside of the school district will have access to or be viewing these videos. Please contact your building principal if you do not want your child to be able to participate in these videoconferencing opportunities

3 - IMPORTANT CHROMEBOOK REMINDER for 6th - 12th grade students: Students who are utilizing a school-issued Chromebook must be sure to keep the Chromebook charged. Due to a flaw in the device's design, if the Chromebook battery is completely drained of all charge, the Chromebook will require a "jump start" which can only be accomplished by using TWO chargers. If you have an extra USB-C charging cable, you can use it in addition to the school-issued charger to "jump start" the device. Once you see the battery symbol, the Chromebook will charge from one charger. Please see the attached video for a brief tutorial. If you do not have access to a second charger and are in need of a "jump start", please contact our Director of Technology, Mr. Dave Jerabek at jerabekd@w-csd.org.

 

Margaret "Peggy" Larson, Ed.D.

District Administrator

Winneconne Community School District

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