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Notre Dame Academy, 3 school districts announce transition to all virtual classes

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Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 5:40 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Three school districts, as well as Notre Dame Academy, have announced they will be moving all classes online due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in their areas.

The districts announcing the change on Monday include West De Pere, Denmark and Gillett, with Notre Dame Academy announcing a switch soon after.

Details for each district, as well as Notre Dame Academy, can be found below.

NOTRE DAME ACADEMY

Notre Dame says the change to all virtual learning will begin on Wednesday, September 30.

The school has been using a hybrid schedule since classes began on September 8, but says the change is due to health and safety circumstances surrounding COVID-19 in the Green Bay area.

In a release early Monday evening, NDA officials say students will return to in-person classes when internal school conditions and external health conditions in Brown County allow.

WEST DE PERE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Families in the West De Pere School District were notified of the change to all virtual classes on Monday afternoon.

District officials say students in 4K-12th grade will keep their current schedule for September 29 and 30, however students will be at home with no formal instruction from October 1 and 2. The district says these two days will allow for teachers and students to prepare for remote learning.

Remote learning outlined in the district’s plan for Scenario C will begin on October 5. Additional details about Scenario C can be found by clicking here.

According to the district, officials say they hope to return to in-person learning starting October 19, however they add they are depending on the improvement of the community health situation in order to do so.

The message obtained by Action 2 News states the district believes the change is due to “unsafe behaviors within the greater community” and that “the community is experiencing an exponential spread of COVID-19.”

However, the district says in the message that local health care leaders have stated that “not a single instance of community spread has been due to schools being open,” and that instead it is “the spread of the virus outside our schools that is putting the safety of students and staff at risk.”

The message goes on to say free breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students ages 18 and under, and will be available for pick up starting October 1, and all co-curricular activities will be cancelled during the time of virtual learning starting on October 1.

DENMARK SCHOOL DISTRICT

On Monday, the Denmark School District sent a message to families announcing the transition for all schools in the district.

According to the district, as of Monday afternoon, 20 staff members are out due to close contact quarantines or positive cases, and student absences have risen above 200.

In the e-mail obtained by Action 2 News, the last day for in-person classes will be Wednesday, September 30, and the first day for virtual classes will be October 5.

The district’s message went on to say virtual classes will continue through October 16, with a goal of returning to in-person or a blended class model on October 19.

GILLETT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Meanwhile, the Gillett School District announced on Facebook Monday afternoon that the district will be going all virtual from Tuesday, September 29 through Monday, October 12.

According to the post, the move to all virtual is due to the number of positive cases within the buildings and the increased spread in the community.

The district adds the all virtual move will also cause all athletics to pause for the same time period.

District officials wrote if the number of positive cases have decreased after the 14 day period, in-person classes will resume starting October 13.

After consulting with the Oconto County Public Health Department, the GIllett School District will be going all virtual...

Posted by Gillett School District on Monday, September 28, 2020

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