Wisconsin Education News

March 27, 2020

The Wisconsin Education News is a daily update of education news and events that are taking place around Wisconsin. 

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Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson Email Update: March 27, 2020

This update addresses: School Meal Flexibility, Educational Programming Announcement, and Waivers from DPI

Kenosha Unified School District to offer virtual learning

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin schools have now been closed for more than a week, and a challenge many districts are now facing is how to offer remote learning.

Staff letter: MMSD virtual learning launch date expected April 6

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison Metropolitan Schools have been closed since March 16, and officials are hoping to begin virtual learning to begin April 6, according to an email sent to staff.

Parkview offers online learning with hotspots as needed

ORFORDVILLE—Parkview School District is offering online learning, with kindergarteners through high school seniors having their own district-issued devices, and in some cases, wifi hotspots.

Pardeeville, Lodi schools turn to online learning while shut down to limit spread of COVID-19

PARDEEVILLE — Agri-science teacher Amanda Seichter, alone in her classroom Thursday morning, assigned homework, graded assignments and responded to questions from her students, who were scattered across the Pardeeville area in their homes.

Final stretches of Eau Claire superintendent search goes virtual

Eau Claire (WQOW) - The search for Eau Claire Area School District's next superintendent is down to three finalists, but the process for the public to "meet" these candidates will look a little different this year.

La Crosse School District preparing to enter new phase of online teaching, learning

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– Now that the realization is setting in that kids might not get back into the classroom this school year, educators are getting ready for the next phase of virtual teaching with their students. Districts were originally told they would be closed until April 6th, but that has been extended.

Dodgeland referendum on ballot April 7

JUNEAU – Residents of Dodgeland School District can learn more about the referendum they are voting on by watching a video on the district’s website.

MPS Teachers Using Tech To Engage Students

To begin class every day, a student in each of Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher’s English classes at Rufus King International High School recites a meditation of sorts called “the moment.”

Petition asks for pass/fail instead of letter grades for Madison high school classes for remainder of year

A group of Madison Metropolitan School District high school teachers are asking the district to move to pass/fail grades for secondary-level courses for the remainder of the school year.

WUSD principal gives report on gap data

Efforts to close the achievement gap within Whitewater’s Washington Elementary School have brought positive results, according to recently released data.

Suring School District again seeks voter approval to exceed revenue caps

SURING – For a second time, voters in the Suring School District will decide April 7 whether to authorize tax collections above the revenue cap set by the state.

School district clarifies its pay practices during COVID-19

Watertown School District Superintendent Cassandra Schug said Wednesday the district is continuing to pay both its certified and non-certified staff during the full extent of current school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Major projects underway in Beloit Turner referendum

TOWN OF BELOIT — The impact of a 2018 referendum will likely be felt in the community for decades to come, with multiple large-scale projects already underway in the Beloit Turner School District.

Jefferson schools kick off curbside food distribution

JEFFERSON — Over what was supposed to be spring break, Jefferson schools Student Nutrition Director Rebecca Blyth had a few days to completely reorganize how the district’s food service program would be run.

'Uncharted waters': Baraboo private schools shift to online learning during COVID-19 closures

Like public schools, Baraboo’s three private schools have had to scramble to develop plans to remotely educate their students for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fond du Lac teachers parade to see students during shutdown

FOND DU LAC - Although they may not be in the classroom, Pier and Riverside Elementary school staff found a new way to connect with their students during coronavirus closures: a car parade.

MPS gives free lunches to help families after schools close

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Public Schools is among many districts now closed until further notice, and that is making it difficult for some families to meet their children's basic needs.

Wisconsin PBS stations to dedicate daytime weekday broadcasts to educational shows

(CBS 58) -- Wisconsin's PBS stations are teaming up with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to support at-home learning for students and families amid the COVID-19 outbreak.