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Peninsula Preschool practicing patience

Peninsula Preschool is committed to waiting out the pandemic before it welcomes back students again. Based in the basement of the Village of Ephraim Administrative Center, Peninsula Preschool has not welcomed back students since they closed back in March. A recent meeting of its parent-led board reinforced their decision to stay closed for at least another six weeks. It comes as Gibraltar Elementary students begin their second week of a hybrid schedule that sees the building at 50 percent occupancy on a daily basis. The district’s high school students will be the last in the peninsula to return to in-person instruction when they start on January 11th. Peninsula Preschool Director Jill Harkaway says she will keep a close eye on how Gibraltar handles having students back in the building as other districts in Door and Kewaunee Counties have had sporadic returns to virtual learning.

Harkaway adds that parents were concerned their kids would not be able to see grandparents or other at-risk people if they attended in-person classes. Those families have been able to make other accommodations as the center has been closed. Preparations are underway for the day when Peninsula Preschool will be back in session for its three and four-year-old students. Enrollment has declined since the pandemic started and Harkaway has been looking at ways to expand their outdoor learning spaces so students can learn in a safer environment.


Picture from Peninsula Preschool taken before the pandemic

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