Wisconsin Education News

November 19, 2020

The Wisconsin Education News is a daily update of education news and events that are taking place around Wisconsin. 


Sheboygan Falls High School Going All Virtual, Middle School Virtual Extended

(WHBL) – Citing an increase in COVID-19-related absences along with a large number of close contact quarantines, the Sheboygan Falls School District is moving all 9th through 12th grade classes to an all virtual model.  

Winter sports in Janesville get the OK despite Craig and Parker pivoting to distance learning

Despite both Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker pivoting to distance learning Nov. 30, the Janesville School Board voted 6-3 to allow competitions beginning Dec. 1 for boys and girls basketball, gymnastics, boys hockey, wrestling and boys swim.

Janesville, Milton schools pivot to virtual learning until January

The Milton School District will close schools to in-person education for the rest of the year after Thanksgiving break, but the Janesville School District will close only its high schools and middle schools, leaving elementary schools open.

Trevor-Wilmot School rejects county recommendation on virtual learning

The Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District Board voted Tuesday to not follow the Kenosha County Division of Health’s recommendation to move to all virtual learning from Thanksgiving week through early January.

ECASD to move to full virtual learning temporarily, including 4K students

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire Area School District is the latest in the area to switch to virtual learning for a temporary period after Thanksgiving break.

Wisconsin's largest teachers union asks DHS to play a larger role in when schools can reopen

GREEN BAY, Wis (NBC 26) -- On Monday Wisconsin's largest teacher's union, the Wisconsin Education Association Council or WEAC, called on Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services to play a larger role in deciding when all schools should welcome students back to the classroom.

Two Chippewa Co. schools announce they’ll go virtual until 2021

CHIPPEWA COUNTY (WQOW) - Two schools in the northern half of Chippewa County are looking at COVID-19 numbers and deciding to keep kids out of the classroom.

Jefferson Co. health dept. to meet with school superintendents over rise in COVID-19 cases

LAKE MILLS, Wis. (WMTV) - On Thursday, public health officials will meet with Jefferson County school superintendents to give an update on the rise in COVID-19 cases in the county.

Buildings closed to youth sports

The Athens Board of Education on Monday voted to keep Athens school buildings closed to non-school district sponsored youth sports teams and community groups at least until its next meeting on Dec. 21.

Milwaukee Public Schools suspends winter sports indefinitely

CITY OF MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public Schools has suspended all high school winter sports indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Peshtigo School District To Seek Bussing Bids

Superintendent Patrick Rau opened the Peshtigo School Board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 11 by awarding certificates to two board members, Rebecca DeMarce and President Muriel Carter who reached level one and training based on their service

Marinette "Right Size" School Project Is Now Moving Forward

By vote of 4,072 in favor and 3,254 opposed, voters of Marinette School District on Tuesday, Nov. 3 approved a resolution authorizing the school district to borrow up to $30, 920,000 for remodeling and renovation projects that have been described as "right sizing the district."

Evers admin, MMSD, MTI file briefs supporting public health's authority to close schools

A variety of state and local entities offered their support for local public health officials’ ability to close schools, in briefs filed with the state Supreme Court this week.

Menomonee Falls School District temporarily shifts virtual

The Menomonee Falls School District (SDMF) announced that it will temporarily shift to virtual learning starting Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 to help reduce community spread of COVID-19.

Viroqua School Board gets update on switch to remote learning

The Viroqua School Board received an update at its meeting Monday night on the district’s decision to move from an in-person/hybrid model to remote learning for all students.

Chippewa County health director recommends all schools go virtual

CHIPPEWA COUNTY (WQOW) - There are seven public school districts in Chippewa County and the health director there is hoping they will all go virtual to slow the spread of COVID-19.

School district going virtual for week after holiday

In an effort to stop the spike of COVID-19 in Barron County, the Rice Lake Area School District will extend its Thanksgiving break next week  and go to full distance learning the following week.

WATCH: Eau Claire superintendent shares update on district’s plans

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - Parents and teachers may be wondering why did the Eau Claire Area School District make the decision to move to all virtual learning by the end of the month?

Wild Rose Schools consider facility study

The Wild Rose School Board received an updated report on how the school year is progressing during the Nov. 16 meeting.

Wautoma School Board discusses COVID-19 trends

The Wautoma Area School District held their monthly board meeting on Nov. 9 where they discussed the COVID-19 trends they have been seeing since they switched over to hybrid learning.

MPS families can get a free computer, internet through state partnership with nonprofit

MILWAUKEE — Thanks to a partnership between the state of Wisconsin and Waterford, qualifying MPS students and families could receive free internet and a computer to help with academics this school year.

Westby Area School District transitions to virtual/remote learning due to COVD-19

The Westby Area School District has transitioned from its in-person/hybrid model to virtual/remote learning for all grade levels because of the pandemic.

Shawano schools staying closed another month

Shawano School District announced that it will remain in full virtual learning mode through Jan. 4, extending its closure for at least another month, as school officials are claiming they’re going above and beyond to make sure students are learning and getting any help they need.

Private school says in-person learning is working

MADISON (WKOW) -- As many area schools pivot to virtual learning because of COVID-19 cases, some private schools in Dane County have been having in-person classes for around two months.

Gillett HS yearbook earns recognition

Gillett High School’s yearbook program has been named a Jostens 2020 National Yearbook Program of Excellence.

Aspiring Superintendents Workshop - February 2021

The Aspiring Superintendent Program represents the commitment of AWSA and WASDA to invite and nurture the development of future school district leaders in Wisconsin. This effort will result in an ever-growing, high-quality pool of prepared candidates for district administrator positions to ensure that the condition of our profession will continue to improve as we meet the challenges of the future.