Fall Reopening Plans Update

July 23, 2020

To our Sheboygan Area School District Families,

In these uncertain times, we are committed to providing ongoing information about our planning process for next school year as it becomes available.

In June, we provided information regarding initial planning for the reopening of schools and you had the opportunity to provide feedback. From the survey data, it was clear that parents prefer students to be back in school in some fashion for the fall semester.

Soon after our last letter, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released Guidance for School Re-entry, which strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.

Based upon your previous feedback and the AAP guidelines, we have refined our planning and are considering some options for returning to school which include the following:

4K (Click here to read the full description of 4K choices . Spanish version . Hmong version)

Option 1: Hybrid - 4K

  • All students would attend school either Monday and Tuesday all day (north side students) or Thursday and Friday all day (south side students).
  • The length of the school day is currently being determined in relationship to busing routes. Typically, the ELC’s instructional day was between 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.
  • Students in classes of approximately 10-15 to promote social distancing.

Option 2: Cohort - 4K

  • All students would attend school either Monday and Tuesday all day (North side students) or Thursday and Friday all day (South side students).
  • “Cohorting” would be utilized to minimize crossover among students and adults in the building. The teacher, educational assistant and all students in the classroom would be considered the “cohort”.


Elementary (Click here to read the full description of elementary choices . Spanish . Hmong)

Option 1: Hybrid - Elementary

  • All K-5 students would attend school daily Monday through Friday
  • A one hour shortened school day to accommodate one student per seat for busing and the ability to accommodate smaller class sizes
  • Students in classes of approximately 15-18 to promote social distancing

Option 2: Cohort - Elementary

  • All K-5 students would attend school daily Monday through Friday
  • The length of the school day would stay the same as previous years
  • “Cohorting” would be utilized to minimize crossover among students and adults in the building (eg. Students would remain with the same peers all day and teachers would rotate to the students)


Middle School (Click here to read the full description of middle school choices . Spanish. Hmong)

Option 1: Hybrid - Middle School

  • Students would be split into two groups with only half of the students attending school in person at one time. One group of students would attend school Monday and Thursday in person, while the other group of students would attend Tuesday and Friday in person. On the days not in school, including Wednesday for everyone, students would be engaged in virtual instruction.
  • Class size will be of approximately 15-18 to promote social distancing

Option 2: Cohort - Middle School

  • All students would attend school daily Monday through Friday.
  • “Cohorting” would be utilized to minimize crossover among students and adults in the building (eg. Students would remain with the same peers all day and teachers would rotate to the students).
  • Class sizes would be based upon the district’s policy which averages 30 or fewer students depending upon subject/course.

High School (Click here to read the full description of high school choices . Spanish . Hmong)

Option 1: All Online

  • All students resume with online-only classes
  • Consolidated learning platforms for ease of access and monitoring for students/parents
  • Broad range of support services for students based upon need


Option 2: Hybrid

Unfortunately, the need for students to be able to choose classes essential to individual future needs does not allow for a cohort model that would limit the cross-over of students. Given the importance of course selection related to our students’ academic and career planning needs (ACP) a hybrid schedule will need to be utilized to allow for social distancing to start the 2020-2021 school year. Based upon AAP guidelines, the following would occur:

  • Students will be assigned to a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday attendance group
  • Reduction in class sizes will allow for social distancing within classrooms
  • Students will be responsible for virtual learning on days not physically attending school. The learning methods can be live sessions with teachers, recorded lessons, videos, or other online options.

Mitigation Strategies for both Cohort and Hybrid Options

A variety of mitigation strategies will be incorporated based upon AAP guidance and parent/staff feedback.

  • Students in second through 12th grade will be required to wear masks and strongly recommended for those in Kindergarten and first grade. Accommodations will be made for students when physical, medical, or developmental needs exist.
  • Staff will be required to wear masks.
  • Daily cleaning of all buildings and classrooms. High touchpoints will be cleaned throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations added to classrooms and other student areas
  • Touchless faucets are being installed in classrooms and restrooms
  • Students and staff members will self-monitor for symptoms prior to coming to school
  • Cohort and/or social distancing practices observed
  • Multiple entrances utilized to avoid congregating
  • Limited use of lockers
  • Student movement plans will be put into place to reduce hallway congestion
  • Collaboration with County Health Officials if/when contact tracing is necessary


As part of our decision-making process, we continue to work with the Sheboygan Department of Health and monitor the Sheboygan County Safe Restart Plan (currently in Phase 2). If the county would revert to Phase 1, that change may result in the need for all students to switch to virtual learning.

A final decision will be made in late July on which option will be in place for the start of school on September 1, 2020. Please watch for a communication by the end of July with more information about the chosen option and online registration information.

Based upon the above information we are again asking for your feedback. Please click on the brief survey below that corresponds with the plan for your family:

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