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April 3, 2020 district communication

LA CROSSE, Wis., (April 3, 2020) – Our traditional school calendar is showing spring break is soon upon us. Who would have thought eighteen months ago when this calendar was adopted that school would not be in session due to a pandemic? This time could not be fruitful for our students if it were not for the continued efforts of our district staff and our parents/guardians in partnership. Thank you for supporting your child in this remote learning adventure at home.

During spring break, I have asked our instructional staff to disconnect from remote learning, and I hope that our parents and guardians can do so as well. During this time, from April 9-13, teachers will not be presenting new curriculum or requirements, and they may not be available to respond to questions or check in online with students or families.

This past week, we received from our state superintendent of schools, Carolyn Stanford Taylor, a memo which strongly hinted that the current school closure may likely be extended through the end of the school year. While this is not an official announcement, administration is beginning to re-focus our planning to consider this possibility. Until we hear otherwise, school is closed through April 24.

In other items that may be of interest:

  • The Governor’s most recent emergency order #12 also included the closing of playgrounds. Please note, if you have not already, that the district has shut down our playgrounds until further notice.
  • With the support of community volunteers and our student nutrition staff, we continue to provide meals for our students. For a list of the routes and meal stops, click here.
  • We are working diligently to cover as many educational needs as possible. We want to do everything we can to ensure that our students can be actively engaged in the learning process, even if it is remote. If you need further support, please tell us about it here.
  • Unless something were to change at the state level, I anticipate my next communication to you will be on Friday, April 17.

On behalf of our board of education and our employees, thank you for your continued support through these historical times. Our community is resilient. More than ever, our children need for us to be both truthful and realistic about our current circumstances. If you are looking for a good resource for visiting with your child about the pandemic, you might find this helpful. In the meantime, thank you for the many, many notes of positive feedback to our principals and staff!

With our children at the forefront,

Randy Nelson

Superintendent of Schools