Wisconsin Education News

September 23, 2020

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


Tony Evers extends expiring statewide mask order another 60 days, pushing mandate to Nov. 21

Tony Evers' July mask mandate expires Monday. The new mandate extends to Nov. 21.

Unique challenges: Special education was difficult for families in the spring. Will this fall be better?

It’s an example of the outsized effects the pandemic has had on families of the nearly 4,000 MMSD students with disabilities since schools closed March 13.

Mineral Point School District continuing with hybrid learning model

MINERAL POINT (WKOW) - The Mineral Point School District has experienced one case of coronavirus so far this school year, but the superintendent says their learning model has helped them keep cases isolated so they can continue in-person classes.

Janesville School District updates promises amid pandemic

The Janesville School District has established new goals for the 2020-21 school year after COVID-19 derailed some of the district’s 2019-20 goals or made it difficult to judge progress made toward them.

School District of Beloit extends online learning one week

The School District of Beloit will extend its online learning for at least a week because of the upcoming November election.

Heated Kenosha School Board meeting after teacher absences send 7 schools virtual

KENOSHA — Heated moments over in-person and virtual learning erupted during a Kenosha Unified School Board meeting on Tuesday.

Health officer: Parents sending sick, symptomatic kids to school

CEDARBURG, Wis. — Health officials in Washington and Ozaukee counties say parents are deliberately sending their sick and symptomatic kids to school, and it could lead to the shutdown of schools.

Cambridge school tax rate drop expected

Cambridge will likely see a lower school tax rate than previous years in 2020-21, perhaps dropping to less than $10 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

District takes on energy-saving projects

The Cambridge School District is moving forward with borrowing $1.7 million to complete a series of energy savings projects.

Cambridge will wait on middle, high school in-person classes

With rising local COVID-19 case counts, the Cambridge School Board is delaying the return of middle and high school students to in-person classes.

District faces budget uncertainties due to COVID-19

The Monona Grove School District’s budget for 2020-21 remains uncertain due to COVID-19.

EC school district creates COVID dashboard

EAU CLAIRE — The Eau Claire school district has begun to publicly track the number of staff and students who test positive for COVID-19, as well as those who are quarantined.

Potential inaccurate school enrollment data could affect funding for schools, expert says

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Taking attendance is considered a pretty elementary thing when it comes to students and schools. However, this year, getting a true headcount is a really complicated equation.

Horicon School Board approves preliminary 2020-21 budget

HORICON — The Horicon School Board held its annual meeting Monday night where the preliminary budget for the 2020-21 school year was unanimously approved.

Portage school district sticks with same strategic plan but looks to 'revamp' when possible

Portage Schools will continue with the same goals and strategic plan as last year until a committee can safely begin meeting to develop the next five-year plan.

Addressing racial inequity at the School District of La Crosse-Part II

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - In Part I of Addressing Racial Inequity at the School District of La Crosse, students of color shared their stories of racism they've encountered on school grounds and what changes they wanted from the La Crosse School District.

Drummond schools to go virtual as COVID-19 outbreak investigated

The Drummond School District will be moving to virtual classes only for the next two weeks beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, as the Bayfield County Health Department investigates the early stages of an outbreak.

Virus concerns prompt quarantine for Kewaskum HS football

KEWASKUM, Wis. - It is "timeout" for the Kewaskum High School football team before the season even kicks off.

School tax rate in Portage projected to be lowest in at least 15 years

The Portage school district is projecting its lowest tax rate in at least 15 years as local electors approved the proposed $12.02 million total school levy Monday.

Ashland schools going virtual due to COVID-19

The Ashland County Health and Human Services Department reported today that a student and staff member of Ashland High School have tested positive for COVID-19, and due to the number of staff in quarantine and limited number of substitute teachers, the district will move to virtual-only classes Wednesday with a tentative date to resume in-person classes Oct. 8.

Person at elementary school in De Pere tests positive for COVID-19

DE PERE (NBC 26) -- A person at Heritage Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19, the De Pere School District said in a statement to families.

Abbotsford High School moves to virtual learning

ABBOTSFORD, Wis. (WAOW)—The School District of Abbotsford announced today that grades 9-12 are moving to virtual instruction through Friday, October 2.

School board votes 7-1 to approve code of conduct

The Shawano School Board voted 7-1 Monday with little discussion on a policy establishing a code of conduct for board members, with board member Mart Grams casting the lone vote against it.

More than half of Kenosha teachers who called in sick on Monday had 'valid reason,' district says

KENOSHA — More than half of the 276 Kenosha Unified School District teachers who called in sick on Monday had valid reasons, the district said Tuesday.

Waunakee school board approves reopening strategy

The Waunakee school board adopted a decision-making strategy for reopening schools Monday night, following an approach similar to that of other districts in the state.

New gym to have state-of-the-art scoreboards

Thanks to the generosity of the Bank of Milton and First Community Bank, the new gym at Milton High School will feature state of the art score/video boards.

Tigerton School District switches to virtual learning due to COVID-19 outbreak

Multiple positive cases of COVID-19 have been documented in the Tigerton Middle/High School, leading the district to move to a virtual learning setting as of Sept. 22.

COVID-19: MHS goes virtual

MONROE — The spread of COVID-19 among young people continues to have an impact on the greater community in Green County, including an outbreak at an assisted living facility.

Oshkosh school district transitioning to virtual learning due to spread of COVID-19

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – All schools within the Oshkosh Area School District will transition to virtual learning in response to the spread of COVID-19.

Board approves district to begin metrics plan to bring back students to classrooms

At a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Lodi School Board unanimously approved immediately implementing a metrics plan that would allow the district to eventually bring students back into the school buildings.

Class during COVID: Van Buren Elementary

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -Van Buren Elementary is the largest of the 12 elementary schools in Janesville. With more than 300 students choosing to come to class and about 90 going virtual, the new school year is off to a good start. But students and staff know that during this pandemic, anything can happen.

SLATE 2020

SLATE (School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education) is a comprehensive educational technology convention designed to meet the needs of all schools and districts. Over the course of three days, educators of all backgrounds and expertise levels gather to learn about the newest in education technology, as well as practical tips and tricks to implement in their schools and districts.