Wisconsin Education News

September 29, 2020

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


3 Portage schools close through Oct. 9 due to rising COVID-19 cases, quarantines

Portage Community School District is closing three elementary schools for at least the next two weeks due to five new COVID-19 cases and “a number” of people in quarantine, which makes staffing those schools difficult.

School boards meet to evaluate distance learning, discuss state's COVID-19 surge

Several school boards across our area met for scheduled meetings Monday evening, and each of them gave updates on how the school year is going so far during the pandemic.

Green Bay Schools Weigh Options For ‘In Class’ Instruction

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) – It has been nearly four weeks of virtual learning for Green Bay students. And the school board is deciding what measurements to follow to resume in-person learning.

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District to continue all-virtual learning model

DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- During a meeting Monday night, the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board decided to keep all students virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Potosi Schools staff member tests positive for COVID-19

POTOSI, Wis. (WMTV) - A staff member at the Potosi School District tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, but they do not typically have direct contact with students.

Beloit School Board to discuss properties and goals

BELOIT—The School District of Beloit Board of Education will get updates on two of its properties and choose its two top goals at its meetings tonight.

Wausau School Board decides on potential Nov. 2 in-person start

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Wausau School Board voted in favor of a potential in-person start date of Nov. 2.

‘There’s no playbook’: School districts with positive COVID-19 cases plan for flexibility

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. – Since the start of the semester, several area school districts have switched from in-person to virtual learning following positive COVID-19 cases among students or staff.

Belmont schools go online for week after 2 students test positive for COVID-19

After two students tested positive for COVID-19, Belmont Community Schools announced Monday it would close and do online learning for the rest of the week. 

Jefferson school board accepts nearly $12,000 in donations for month

JEFFERSON — The Jefferson school district accepted a total of $11.982.02 in donations this month, the largest of those donations being that of $7,100 from the Jefferson Community Foundation to go to Advanced Learner needs district-wide.

Adams Elementary School pivots to virtual learning due to lack of staffing caused by COVID

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Adams Elementary School in Janesville is pivoting to virtual instruction until Oct. 9 due to staffing issues caused by the coronavirus.

DeForest Area School District enrollment declines

Enrollment in the DeForest Area School District has dropped. Officials believe the decrease is only temporary.

Wausau School District sees enrollment drop 433 students

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wausau School District is seeing a drop in their enrollment of 433 students this year, which could play a role in the district’s funding for next year.

Notre Dame Academy to move to all-virtual learning due to COVID-19

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Notre Dame Academy will transition to all-virtual learning this week.

Pardeeville High School student tests positive for COVID-19, assignments moved online

PARDEEVILLE (WKOW) -- In-person classes at Pardeeville High School were called off for Monday and Tuesday this week after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff member at Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District tests positive for COVID-19

KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District received notification from the Kenosha County Health Department Monday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Gillett School District moving to remote learning on Sept. 29

GILLETT, Wis. (WFRV) – The Gillett School District will go to virtual learning in response to the number of positive coronavirus cases within the schools and throughout the community.

Denmark School District transitioning to virtual learning

DENMARK, Wis. (WFRV) – The Denmark School District is the latest to transition to virtual learning in response to new and increasing cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 prompts Pulaski schools to go online-only on Oct. 5

PULASKI - Add the Pulaski School District to the growing list of Brown County-based districts halting in-person classes because of growing concerns about COVID-19 cases in the area.

Bonduel offering ‘tech lounges’ for students to get WIFI while virtual learning

BONDUEL, Wis. (WBAY) - The Bonduel School District is going virtual for the next two weeks because of COVID-19 related issues, but to make sure all students have the internet access they need, the district is offering some additional help.

West De Pere schools switching to remote learning Oct. 1

DE PERE (NBC 26) -- The School District of West De Pere is joining the list of Northeast Wisconsin schools switching to remote learning due to COVID-19.

Milton School District looks to continue $2.5 million referendum

Milton School District voters may have a feeling of déjà vu with the November operational referendum.

High schooler creates school supply cupboards for students in need

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. - Many communities now have little free-lending libraries. Now, a Menomonee Falls sophomore is using that idea to fill a need in her community. 

Superintendent Carlton Jenkins: Madison will be 'methodical' in deciding when to return students

Despite the state Supreme Court earlier this month suspending local restrictions on face-to-face school, Superintendent Carlton Jenkins said Monday the Madison School District will be “very strategic and methodical” in deciding when and how to resume in-person school.

Helping Hispanic children succeed in the Green Bay Area Public School District

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) As our communities in Northeast Wisconsin grow more diverse – so too do our schools. Local 5 has more on what educators in the Green Bay Area Public School District are is doing – to help Hispanic children succeed.

Fond du Lac school officials say blended model is going better than expected amid COVID-19

FOND DU LAC - With almost a month into the new school year, the city's public school leaders continue a balancing act to work around coronavirus cases.

Board approves $350,000 renovation project of Kerr gym at PHS

The school board was in approval for the high school to update and renovate the Kerr gymnasium. The overall cost to the project is around $350,000.

District to add gating criteria as part of Return to Learn plan

The Poynette School district made a slight alteration with its Return to Learn plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. None of the schools will change their current operations, but the changes now give the district better guidelines for if or when it has to switch between learning models throughout the year.

Elementary school shifts to online learning for this week

Just three days after the Waterloo School District sent a letter reminding families to have a plan in place in the event instruction needs to switch to an all-virtual model District Administration Brian Henning on Friday announced grades PreK-4 would be shifting to online instruction beginning Monday.

Tomah School Board extends mask mandate

Tomah School District administrators are encouraged by attendance figures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said school district business manager Greg Gaarder told the Tomah School Board during its regular monthly meeting Sept. 21 at Robert Kupper Learning Center.

Unclear what led Wausau East to suspend football, tennis, as school cites 'increased COVID activity'

WAUSAU – Wausau East High School suspended all football and tennis for two weeks "due to increased COVID activity," although a school district statement was unclear about whether anyone involved in those programs tested positive.

Bayfield County shuts down school sports

The Bayfield County Health Department is shutting down all school sports and spectator events for two months beginning Saturday.

District Administrator & Principal ESSA Reporting Webinars

Dan Bush, Director of the DPI School Financial Services Team, will present webinars for Wisconsin public school district administrators and principals about the coming release of the 2018-19 per-pupil school spending data required under ESSA. These webinars will precede a final data quality review period that will run from October 13 to November 16, with data available in the secure WISEdash for Districts portal. Public release of the data through the WISEdash Public Portal is scheduled on November 19. Registration is open now for two sessions during the first full week of October.