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Welcome to AWSA's bi-weekly newsletter! Below you will find our most recent edition of the AWSA Update Bulletin. Located on the side you will find current and past articles, current events and sponsor information.  

September 23rd Edition

New Situation-Specific COVID Communications Resources Available

In July, AWSA's communication partner, the Donovan Group, created the Communication Plan for Reopening Schools. It included a month-by-month roadmap of recommended communication tactics and a wealth of templates for your use.  

Now, in response to the unprecedented need for new, situation-specific templates and protocols for issues like positive cases, health and prevention efforts, schedule changes, shifts in schools' instructional models, extracurricular activities and school meals, the firm is providing more than 200 new templates and protocols for the wide array of scenarios school and district leaders will face this school year related to COVID-19. 

The templates are free to use without attribution. 

Please find the new templates here. 

Registration is Open for SLATE

AWSA is a proud co-sponsor of SLATE, Wisconsin’s most comprehensive instructional technology conference.  While we are not able to meet in-person this year, SLATE’s virtual platform will provide a top-tier interactive experience that will allow classroom, school, and district leaders to engage, connect, and grow like never before.  

As educators have worked tirelessly through the COVID pandemic we have so much to learn from one another. SLATE features new ways to connect to ask questions about our biggest needs and share our successes. 

Review this year’s program and register today! And, find comprehensive information, including full session descriptions, online at the SLATE Website.

Governor Extends Mask Order 60 Days

Governor Evers issued a new public health emergency on September 22nd to extend the statewide mask mandate by 60 days.  The current mask order was due to expire on September 28. The Legislature could vote to cancel the order, but Legislative leaders have not commented publicly on their intentions.

Important Legal Updates: 

Key Legal Considerations Regarding Student and Staff Speech in an Election Year 

Leading up to the November presidential election, students and staff are likely to engage in the political process to some extent. Reflecting the political polarization in America, there are instances of students and staff bringing their passion about politics into their school districts. A brief overview of key legal considerations will help building administrators navigate issues involving student and staff speech during the election year.  

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AWSA Legal Hotline Generating Additional Speech Questions: Coming to a School Near You?

In the short time since students have returned to school across the state, I have received several Hotline calls regarding student and staff speech. Today’s Update will address speech issues including disruptive backgrounds in virtual classrooms, student clothing, and more.  

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Case Update: Failure to Follow IEP Costly to District

recent federal court decision from the Eastern District of Wisconsin is a reminder to all administrators of the need to develop appropriate IEPs – even when a parent refuses to participate - and then to follow them with fidelity, or your district could be faced with hefty penalties.  

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2020 Principal Leadership Awards: Nominate a Principal You Know Today!

AWSA and the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation is celebrating its fifth year of providing fellowships for principals and their schools. The purpose of the Herb Kohl Wisconsin Principal Leadership Award is to recognize and support excellence in Wisconsin school administration. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation's goal is to support Wisconsin principals in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their schools or professional development. The 12 public school Kohl Leadership Award recipients and the 12 schools of those principals will each receive $6,000 grants from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet. 

The Wisconsin elementary and secondary Principal of the Year will be selected from the Leadership award recipients. Specific information regarding the Principal Leadership award is available here. Nominations are due October 13, 2020, at 5 pm. Please note this award is for Principals only. To nominate Associate Principals, please see the Associate Principal of the Year Award

If you know a principal who has positively influenced their community, please consider nominating them today! If you have any questions please contact Jena Sebald at [email protected] 

2020-21 Associate Principal of the Year Award

The 2020-21 Associate Principal of the Year award is now accepting nominations! The Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year program recognizes Associate Principals whose leadership has resulted in improved student learning, instructional collaboration, and a safe and positive school environment. Nominations are accepted from teachers, parents, principals, and others across Wisconsin. 

To nominate an associate principal please fill out the nomination form that can be found in the link above and have it emailed to Jena Sebald at [email protected] by October 6, 2020.