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Schools wrestle with closure details

With the school buildings closed until the end of the year, it is decision time for area superintendents on how to proceed. With the exception to spring break and holidays, the peninsula’s eight school districts have been doing some kind of remote learning since Governor Tony Evers originally closed their buildings on March 18th. Thursday’s order extension gets district administrators like Luxemburg-Casco’s Glenn Schlender thinking about next year. Moving around summer school dates and extending the academic year by a few weeks to offer more review on the front end are on the table. Speaking before Thursday’s announcement, Schlender said how students are graded for the final three months of the school year is also a concern.

Schlender says their decisions will be guided by assessments they are giving their students to see if they have regressed and how well their online instruction is working. He had hoped classrooms would be full again soon so students could have closure and they could have hosted some of their year-end events like prom and graduation.

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