West Allis-West Milwaukee School District to begin year virtually, eventually begin in-person instruction

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) – The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District decided on Monday, July 27 to begin the school year virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan calls for phasing in options for in-person and distance learning based on health metrics. When students would return in person, all students and staff would be required to wear face coverings when they are unable to socially distance in buildings or on buses. Mask breaks will be built into the school day.

The school year will begin September 8.

The Returning to School Committee, which is made up of teachers, parents, district leaders and community public health officials, helped form the framework of the plan.

According to a parent feedback survey, 53.3 percent of parents' first choice of returning to school options was in-person learning.

The Returning to School Framework was split into the following phases:

  • Phase 1 – Virtual only
  • Phase 2 – Two days elementary distance learning and identified special needs
  • Phase 3 – Five days elementary in-person learning
  • Phase 4 – Two days secondary distance learning
  • Phase 5 – Four days secondary in-person learning

Parents will be given a two week notice prior to phase changes. More information on the plan can be found in the meeting summary.

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