5 Kenosha schools move to virtual learning with Rittenhouse verdict pending

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) told families Wednesday that several schools near the courthouse will switch to virtual learning through Friday, Nov. 19 as a verdict in the Rittenhouse case has not yet been reached.

Those schools include Harborside, Reuther, Brass, Frank and Washington.

The district says it's making the move out of an "abundance of caution."

Below is the full letter sent to parents from KUSD:

On Monday we shared that we would be moving Harborside and Reuther to fully virtual learning yesterday and today. Unfortunately, a verdict has not been reached in the Rittenhouse trial and activity surrounding the courthouse continues to grow. As such, we have decided to move Brass, Frank, Harborside, Reuther and Washington to fully virtual learning through Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, out of an abundance of caution due to the proximity of school boundaries to the courthouse and the number of students who walk to and from school.
We understand that this may impact our students in various ways, which is why we want to remind families of schools not listed above that you may choose to keep your children home if you feel that is in their best interest. If you decide to call them in, they will be excused.
While we have not been advised of any existing imminent danger, we feel this is the best course of action to protect our students and staff during an uncertain time. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to receive support as needed in the days and weeks ahead.
Families of schools moved to virtual learning (Brass, Frank, Harborside, Reuther and Washington) may contact the Food Services Department at 262-359-6382 by 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday to reserve a meal to be picked up at the Educational Support Center, 3600 52nd St., between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the day it is reserved. Meals will be picked up at Door 13 located on the north side of the building.
We greatly appreciate your understanding and support as we work to maintain student and staff safety. If you have any questions, please call your child’s school office.
Thank you,
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