Whitefish Bay students to move to virtual learning beginning Nov. 23

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (CBS58) -- The Whitefish Bay School District will transition to temporary virtual learning for all schools due to ongoing worsening coronavirus trends.

At a special meeting on Nov. 13, the School Board accepted a proposal to shift to temporary virtual learning beginning Nov. 23 through Jan. 8 2021. There will be a data review and check-in at the regular board meeting on Dec. 9 to determine if shifting back to blended learning earlier is possible. 

Read the full letter from the district addressed to the Whitefish Bay School community below: 

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (CBS58) -- Jean Plum along with other parents received a letter from the Whitefish Bay School District on Sunday, Oct 25. 

It states “Beginning tomorrow Monday Oct 26, and continuing through Wednesday, October 28 , all in-person learning for students and staff at Whitefish Bay High School will transition temporarily to full virtual learning.”

 This district says it’s all due to an increased number of COVID-19 close contact quarantines of high school staff. School officials say at this time, we do not have sufficient staffing to continue effective in-person learning operations. 

“The reality of this situation is they can’t serve the students in person unless they have healthy numbers in the school," Plum said. She has two high schoolers who are already full-time virtual learners.

 She says since the school year started, this is the first time students went fully virtual for one week.

“I think we have to be prepared for this kind of thing to happen, the transitioning back and forth."

 The Whitefish Bay District is not the only school system facing transition.

The Oak-Creek and Sheboygan School Districts returned back to remote learning last week due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

“We’ve gone through enough months of this pandemic to just realize that we can’t get too set in our ways," Plum said. “There’s always going to be something else that comes up that’s going to cause us to pivot once again.” 

 It's important to note that the change only applies to high school students.

The school district also says the High School plans to return to their blended model of in-person learning on Nov 2nd.

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