LA CROSSE, Wis., (May 29, 2020) – With the current school year calendar coming to a close, I want to provide updates on several important fronts.
Our plans for summer school are coming in to focus. We have been exploring several different options for how we might be able to deliver some form of summer school programming for this summer. After much discussion with educators, health professionals and others we have decided to move forward with the following plan for summer school in the SDLAX:
- All high school original credit and credit recovery summer school classes scheduled for June will run as scheduled and will be delivered in a remote learning environment.
- All previously scheduled face-to-face summer school classes scheduled for June and July are canceled, with the exception of music lessons. Decisions on music camps in August will be made at a later date.
- We will be offering remote learning Reading & Math instruction for students in grades 1-7 from July 13th-31st. Online registration for these classes will run from June 3rd- June 12th. All families with students currently in grades 1-7 will receive an e-mail with instructions for registration early next week.
- We will be providing remote instruction for Individualized Advanced Math courses for middle school students who have already registered. Teachers will be contacting these students with more details regarding these classes including start dates.
- We are also currently exploring possible remote learning enrichment courses that we could offer PK-12 from July 27th-August 21st. If this is possible, registration for these courses will begin sometime after June 10th.
- Finally, we will continue to explore possible face-to-face instructional options for students in July and August on a very limited basis with more information to come.
- When it comes to our considerations for re-opening our schools, the district is relying heavily on guidance from the La Crosse County Health Department. Today, the health department released an important tool that the district will be using to inform our future decisions to re-open. The county metrics for expanding our re-opening are trending positively right now, which has translated to a change from the county’s ‘red’ designation to ‘orange’, which would allow the district to return to face-to-face instruction with restrictions and safeguards. Our administrative team is exploring the logistics necessary to return to school as scheduled at our year-round schools, Northside and Hamilton.
While we are making local progress on the health data necessary for a return to school, it is clear that any movement backward into a ‘red’ designation will likely result in our current status: no face-to-face instruction. I am proud of our educators for switching as they did from a face-to-face environment to a remote learning environment. Very few, if any, of their courses were developed to be delivered in a digital environment. To thrust everyone, including our teachers, our students, and our parents, into this new arrangement was certainly less-than-ideal. Clearly, we prefer-face-to-face instruction. However, it is very possible, if not likely, that we will find ourselves in this position again. So that we can be better prepared to make the shift if it’s necessary again, we want to learn from you. We want to know what went well. We want to know what did not go well for you. Please take a few moments to complete this parent survey on our remote learning efforts. Our staff and students will receive surveys as well, but separately. If your child has already returned a device, it will be necessary to complete the survey on a home device.
We have served well over 100,000 meals to students during this time period, and we will continue to do so after the last day of school on June 5. There may be some future changes to our times and the drop off locations in the near future. You can always double-check our district website here for the current meal delivery information.
And, finally, I wish to thank all of our parents and staff and students who participated last week in our district’s Spirit Week, We Are La Crosse. It served as a great testament to the important partnership that we have together in supporting our community’s children. We are all in this together.
Superintendent of Schools
Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
Covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Staying home from work when sick.
If children are sick, keeping them home from school or daycare.
Avoiding those who may be sick whenever possible.
Contact a health care provider with any questions.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
National Coronavirus updates and travel guidance: http://bit.ly/33bTTic
State of Wisconsin Coronavirus updates: http://bit.ly/2IGkjPZ
La Crosse County Health Department updates: http://bit.ly/33cWKHP
World Health Organization (Helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak): http://bit.ly/2xteh2A
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the School District of La Crosse will continue to connect and offer learning opportunities using a variety of platforms during the closure. Teachers will be connecting with students and parents throughout the closure by means of telephone calls, paper packets, emails and/or other online outlets. Our goal is to continue to stay connected with our students and families and be present and supportive during this time.
The School District of La Crosse will be providing bagged breakfasts and lunches to students during the closure. These meals will be delivered by GO Riteway busses and will be stationed at each location for the timeframe listed below. Children 18 and younger will have access to pick up meals at the following delivery site locations within our district, Monday-Friday beginning Thursday, March 19th.
Rivercrest trailer court 11:00am-11:30am
Mormon Coulee trailer court 11:45am-12:15pm
Pineview trailer court entrance 11:00am-11:30am
Brookview mobile home park entrance 11:45am-12:00pm
Golden valley trailer court entrance 12:00pm-12:15pm
Hintgen Elementary School 12:30pm-1:00pm
Bluffview Commons trailer court entrance 11:00am-11:30am
Pammel Creek estates entrance 11:45am-12:15pm
Former Kmart parking lot on State Road 12:30pm-1:00pm
Shelby Ball Field parking lot 11:00am-11:30am
Central High School east entrance 11:45am-12:15pm
State Road Elementary School 12:30pm-1:00pm
Gladys and Huber BGC 11:00am-11:30am
Goodwill at back of lot 11:45am-12:15pm
Green Island Ice Arena 11:00am-11:30am
Hamilton Elementary School 11:45am-12:15pm
La Crosse Public Library Main Branch 12:30pm-1:00pm
Longfellow Middle School in front 11:00am-11:30am
Hogan Administrative Center 11:45am-12:15pm
Lincoln Middle School 12:30pm-1:00pm
Kwik Trip on French Island 11:00am-11:30am
Summit Environmental School 11:45am-12:15pm
French Island Public Library 12:30pm-1:00pm
North Woods International School11:00am-11:30am
Emerson Elementary School 11:45am-12:00pm
Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori in the bus lane 11:00am-11:30am
SSE Music 11:45am-12:15pm
Schuh Homes 12:30pm-1:00pm
In addition to the bus route delivery locations, children are able to pick up meals from 11:00am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday outside the following school buildings: Spence Elementary and Logan High School.
Families who are unable to make it to a meal delivery location can call 608-789-5880 from 8:00am-1:00pm, Monday-Friday. We will have a limited number of drivers who may be able to make an additional delivery stop.
The Department of Public Instruction will be waiving the hour requirement during the state mandated closure. This means we are not required to make up the missed school days from March 18 until the end of the state-mandated closure.
The School District of La Crosse will resume in-person classes as directed by County, State or Federal officials. The Wisconsin Governor’s order currently runs through the date of April 24th or until a further order is put into place. We do not have a confirmed date of return at this time.
During the closure, no school-sponsored activities, events or athletics (including practices) will take place.
Our school buildings, including Hogan Administrative Building, will be closed to the public for the duration of the mandated closure with the following exceptions: Food pantries
The Hogan and Spence buildings will be open for public voting though access will be limited to less than 10 people at a time. However, it is being recommended for Wisconsin residents to vote using an absentee ballot sent directly to their home address.
Playground equipment and structures are closed by order of Wisconsin Governor. Use of outdoor space at our schools will remain open for public use provided it does not conflict with the Governor’s ban on gatherings (9 people or less).
During the closure, our custodial staff will be working to complete a thorough deep cleaning and disinfection in every district building.