Combining Cohorts - Feb 22nd

February 10, 2021

February 10, 2021

Dear North Families,

As you may already know, we will be pivoting out of the Hybrid Framework at North High School and combining Cohorts A & B beginning Monday, February 22. During these unique times, our continued focus is to maximize student learning while keeping the health and safety of everyone at the forefront. Whether you currently have Hybrid Learners or Virtual Learners, please note some changes that will be implemented beginning Mon, Feb 22.

Elimination of Cohorts / Maintain Virtual Learning

Beginning, Mon, Feb 22, ALL students (virtual and in-person) will be required to attend classes on M, T, R, & F. Nothing changes for virtual students. In-person students will now be attending school 4 days/week. When students are in their virtual class, their video camera should be on.

Changing From In-Person to Virtual Learning or Virtual to In-Person Learning

We will continue to allow students to change into virtual classes at any time. Once a student makes a change to virtual learning, they are committing for the rest of the semester/year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate any requests from virtual learning to in-class learning at this time.

New Homeroom Participation Requirements

ALL students (virtual and in-person) will be required to attend Homeroom on M, T, R, & F.

Same Mitigation Procedures

Students will be allowed to use their lockers. Locker #’s and combination #’s are located on student schedules. Please view in Skyward.

  • Masking at all times for everyone in the building and on school grounds.
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Use of lockers BEFORE & AFTER school only. Students are encouraged to bring backpacks.
  • Staying within the lines in the hallways going to and from classes.
  • Closed campus during lunch. Lunch time will be during Homeroom in the Homeroom classrooms, supervised by hallway staff. Students may bring their own lunch or eat school lunch. FREE SCHOOL LUNCH TO ALL STUDENTS HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
  • Constant sanitizing desks and other touch points during every class period.
  • Limited hallway movement during class time.

Classroom Overflow - New

Masking and spacing students at 6 feet apart (along with other measures) has successfully mitigated the spread of COVID-19 within our building. Bringing both cohorts together while maintaining 6 foot distancing will require some classes to employ Overflow. In other words, if a classroom has a capacity of 20 students and a roster has 22 students (without the virtual students), 2 students will be sent to one of two large rooms designated for Overflow. The two large rooms designated for Overflow will be the Commons and the Library.

Classroom capacities, at 6 foot distancing, vary depending on the size of the room, lab space, equipment, etc. Teachers will prepare their students prior to Mon, Feb 22 with building procedures that require Overflow. ALL in-person students will be taking their turn in Overflow for those classrooms that require it. Students in the Overflow rooms will be spaced safely, masked, and will be required to clean their area after leaving (just like a classroom). Students in Overflow will essentially become virtual students for a few classes/week depending on their course schedule and load.

To give parents an idea of the frequency of Overflow for their students, consider this: of North’s 1550 students, approximately 1100 will be back in the building 4 days/week. During every class period, we run an average of 58 regular education courses. The total number of students in Overflow for each class period ranges from a high of 69 (period 4) to a low of 22 (period 7). This is for the ENTIRE school. The average amount of students in Overflow for each class period is 39. This means that the average student will have 2 or less classes in Overflow. It’s important to remember that with every student in an Overflow class taking their turn in Overflow, a student may not be in Overflow for days or weeks. Some students will have no Overflow classes. Once again, the amount of time spent in Overflow will depend on the course load and the type of courses taken.

Same North Bell Schedule

This is our Bell Schedule for ALL students on M, T, R, & F. Students will not physically be in our building on Wednesdays.

Period 0 7:00 - 7:50 (50)

Period 1 7:55 - 8:45 (50)

Period 2 8:50 - 9:40 (50)

Period 3 9:45 - 10:35 (50)

Period 4 10:40 - 11:30 (50)

Lunch 11:30-12:00

Homeroom 12:05-12:35 (30)

Homeroom 11:35-12:05 (30)

Lunch 12:05-12:35

Period 5 12:40 - 1:30 (50)

Period 6 1:35 - 2:25 (50)

Period 7 2:30 - 3:20 (50)

Same School Open & Close Times

When the school doors open, students will be expected to go directly to class. Students are encouraged to bring everything in a backpack. Unfortunately, students may not congregate in the building before or after school.

  • Period 0 Students- Entrance #2 (Main Office) will be open at 6:50 for the 7:00 class start time.
  • Period 1 Students- Entrance #2, #12 (Fitness Center Doors), #15 (Commons Doors) will be open at 7:40 for the 7:55 class start time.
  • The school day will end at 3:20. Students will be able to exit through any door. All students will have to be out of the building by 3:35.
  • Students waiting for bus pick-up after school will be supervised outside on School Avenue. On rainy days or days below 32 degrees, bus students will be socially spaced and supervised in the commons or hallways.

Same Attendance Requirements

ALL students are required to attend all of their classes and homeroom in-person or virtually on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays. In-person attendance means in-person attendance. Students who have declared being an in-person learner, must attend school.

Same Learning Management Systems

All teachers will be using PowerSchool (Haiku) and/or Google Classroom to manage student learning and activities. Activities and/or instruction will be provided at least 4 days per week. Generally, no new instruction will be given on Wednesdays, but students will be expected to continue to work on assignments, projects, etc on these days. Teachers will be available on Wednesday afternoons for virtual help for ALL students. Some college credit courses, AP courses, or other specialty courses may use Wednesdays for new instruction from time to time in order to cover the necessary curriculum. This will be determined by the instructor for each course. Generally, students should have no more than 30 minutes of homework per class, per day.

Same Temperature/Health Checks

Parents/guardians will be required to ensure they are not sending students to school with a temperature above 100.4 (without medication) and without any symptoms related to COVID-19 or flu. We appreciate all your assistance with this safety measure.


As most of you know already, our winter athletic season is concluding and our fall season is ramping up. We will finish the school year with a spring athletic season. Some activities are up and running depending on the type of activity. Look for more information from our Activities Director, Dan Stengel, throughout the year.

School Contacts

Freshmen (Gr 9) Student Inquiries- Jenny Kager, Dean of Students @

Sophomores (Gr 10) Student Inquiries- Jenny Kager, Dean of Students @

Juniors (Gr 11) Student Inquiries- Jill Schwenzen, Associate Principal @

Seniors (Gr 12) Student Inquiries- Rachel Biertzer, Associate Principal @

All Student Schedule & Counselor Related Inquiries-
      Lynn Bitney, Secretary @

Special Education Inquiries-
      Jill Schwenzen, Associate Principal @
    Gail Wilke, Program Support Teacher @

Student Medication & Health Room Inquiries-
     Amber Casadonte, Secretary @

Chromebook Inquiries-
     Cassie Wolfert, PC Support Technician @
      Lanae Lallensack, Secretary @

Activity & Athletic Inquiries-
     Dan Stengel, Activities Director @

Main Office to speak directly with someone-
     Sally Ross, Secretary @ 920-459-3600

All other Inquiries-
     John Matczak, Principal @

Thank You!

John Matczak, Principal


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