Avoiding snow days, not pandemics, was the main goal of local school districts when they began exploring remote learning in the past year. Following Governor Tony Evers’ announcement that schools would be closed for the foreseeable future, districts had to formulate plans to deliver high-quality instruction with several weeks in mind, not just a random day or two. Kewaunee Principal Michael Bennett says the collaboration between the administration and teachers have been fantastic during this unique time.
Gibraltar Area Schools have had a few opportunities to work out any issues occurring during their pilot run and a snow day they had earlier this year. Those experiences left Superintendent Tina Van Meer encouraged for what this extended break from normalcy could bring.
Both Bennett and Van Meer says internet connectivity is the main hurdle their students are facing, but have worked on ways to address those concerns with mobile hot spots.