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Muskego-Norway News July 2020 - Please Scroll Down to See Contents

2020 Fall Reentry Planning

The Parent FAQ document was updated on June 22 when the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued their Education Forward Guidelines for the reopening of schools this fall. We have reviewed the guidelines and have been collaborating on school reentry planning with other Waukesha County school districts, the Waukesha County Health Department, and County Executive, Paul Farrow. We are part of Waukesha County’s "Stay Safe to Stay Open" campaign and are listed on their Partner Page. We will continue these complex, challenging, and essential discussions as we move forward.

The results of the June parent survey, which can be found here, have allowed the district to continue planning efforts for the 2020-21 school year. Corresponding survey questions can be found using the following link: Family Survey. Next week the district will be sending another family survey asking similar questions for our continued planning.

On Monday, July 13th, the School Board continued discussion with administration regarding fall reentry planning. The full board presentation may be found on our district website. The presentation includes:

  • Background Information
  • Staff and Family Survey Results (June 2020)
  • The District’s Three-Tiered Plan
  • Facility Operations
  • Mitigation Measures
  • Learning Plans
  • Technology Components
  • Co-curricular Plans
  • Transportation and Food Service Considerations
  • Budget Implications
  • Employees
  • Health Status

Our primary plan for fall is to provide a dual approach, which is our Tier 1. This plan provides students with an in-person learning environment and an option for families to enroll into a virtual/remote learning environment. The in-person option welcomes students and staff back into our school buildings in as normal a way as possible while mitigating health risks for students and staff where feasible. We will need to be flexible enough to be able to switch on a moment’s notice between in-person and virtual/remote learning depending on the viral spread and recommendations from state/local authorities. If families do not want the in-person learning environment for their child, whether for medical reasons or pure preference, families may enroll into the virtual/remote learning option. More information regarding this opportunity will be sent directly to families in next week's survey which will include a Virtual Learning Enrollment option form.

We are also planning for the potential of a blended or hybrid option, Tier 2. This approach provides students with some in-person learning and some virtual learning and attempts to place students in cohorts (i.e., A/B Week Rotation, Elementary Face-to-Face and Secondary Virtual Learning). This type of programming would be in place should the level of viral transmission dictate the need for more social distancing within schools. Finally, should the state/county officials require, we will need to be prepared for virtual/remote learning for all students, Tier 3.

Options for Fall 2020 Reentry and Learning Plans

The points outlined below provide information regarding the District’s Tier 1 Reentry Learning Plan, which include a traditional in-person format as well as the option to enroll into virtual learning. Students who enroll into virtual learning will not attend school in-person and may need additional support from an adult at home. Next week additional information regarding district learning plans will be posted to the District website. In addition, a Virtual Learning Enrollment option will be sent via survey@muskegonorway.org for those interested in enrolling in the MNS Virtual Learning Option. Families who do not complete the Virtual Learning Enrollment form by August 2nd will automatically be enrolled in the in-person option.

The primary contact from each family, as identified in Infinite Campus, will be receiving the survey and relevant documents in a separate email next week. If no one in your family has received an email by the end of day Thursday, July 22, please email survey@muskegonorway.org.

2020-21 Bus Transportation

As we continue to plan for reentry in the fall, we are analyzing what mitigating measures we can put in place to reduce risk for our school community. Specifically related to transportation, the following measures have been decided to date:

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available inside each bus
  • Students are to physical distance themselves from others at bus stops
  • Given the inability to physically distance on a school bus, we are asking families to please have students use a face covering while on the school bus
  • Eating, drinking (unless medically required) and chewing gum will be prohibited on the bus
  • Signs will be posted in each bus that illustrate the COVID-19 related Rider Expectations and Safety Precautions (How to Stop the Spread, Proper Hand Washing, Covering Your Cough)
  • Students' bus routes will be limited to only assigned, routine routes
  • Drop-off and pick-up processes may be modified to allow for physical distancing and limit congregating
  • Students will receive assigned seats on the bus
  • Parents will be asked to sign up for transportation service through a parent survey in order to reduce student ridership
  • Ventilation systems will operate while students are on the bus and windows will remain open as much as possible in order to increase circulation of outdoor air

In next weeks survey, you will receive also receive a Transportation Enrollment option form. As you consider alternative options for pick-up and drop-off of your students such as family drop-off or carpooling, please know that administrators and Muskego police will determine if new traffic patterns are needed around schools to accommodate for the increased parent and foot traffic to and from schools. This includes new loading and unloading locations and/or procedures for buses and cars.

Accurate ridership numbers are crucial as we create our routes for this year. Regardless of whether or not you used the bus service in the past, we will be asking you to sign up for or decline bus service. Please note that if you decline service and your circumstances change in the future, you will be able to add your child/children to the service. Questions related to the bus service can be directed to Jamie Gleeson at 262-971-1819.

Look for the Family Survey

Next week, families will receive a link to a survey that will include:

  1. Reentry Questions
  2. Virtual Learning Enrollment option
  3. Transportation Enrollment option
  4. Daily Parent Checklist Acknowledgement

If no one in your family has received an email by the end of day Thursday, July 22 please notify survey@muskegonorway.org.

Community Forum to Discuss Equity and Social Justice

A Community Forum will be held on August 17th from 5:30-6:30pm. The purpose of this forum is to provide information regarding the district’s approach toward supporting equity and social justice within our schools and to receive feedback and input from the community. If interested in attending, please RSVP to by completing this Google Form. The RSVP will allow us to ensure adequate resources for virtual and in person participation. Please complete one (1) RSVP per person attending. The location of this forum will be dependent upon the number of individuals who prefer to participate in-person. Additional information will be sent to those who RSVP.

New Website Redesign

We are excited to announce a new website design for the upcoming school year. This new website will include upgrades such as advanced mobile capability and accessibility, quick access links for students, staff, and parents, as well as an overall enhanced user experience. More details will be available next month, if you have any questions please contact Chief Information Officer, Tony Spence (tony.spence@muskegonorway.org).

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With Gratitude,

Dr. Kelly Thompson

Superintendent