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Virtual school options varying

It depends on your child’s district when it comes to school being taught virtually this fall. Every school district in Door and Kewaunee counties offered it last year due to family concerns around the pandemic. The percentage of students that stayed at home for their education varied from district to district and changed as conditions warranted it during the 2020-2021 school year.


Some districts like Algoma will continue to offer the remote learning option, but Superintendent Nick Cochart does not anticipate a significant number of families to choose it.


Gibraltar Superintendent Tina Van Meer says remote learning will only be reserved for those suffering an extended illness or another medical condition that requires them to stay at home.


Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says they are looking at a product called OdysseyWare for its middle and high school students and have students check in with staff on a regular basis. Elementary-aged children may have to use a different platform.


Sevastopol School District Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says families who choose the remote option will have to commit to at least one semester and their principals will connect students with teachers within the Wisconsin Virtual School. He believes this will allow teachers to have more focus on the students in the classroom.

Tjernagel credits special education and pupil services director Lindsay Ferry with help on their virtual options after previously teaching at the Rural Virtual Academy. He admits what the district did last year for its students was unsustainable. Classes will be back in session for all students in Door and Kewaunee counties in September. 

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