Important Updates During Continued Closures - May 1

Dear Shorewood Families,

I hope you and your families are continuing to stay healthy and well during these tough times. I am writing today with some important updates regarding what the continued closure of our campuses means for our families, students, and staff as we move forward.

In accordance with the Governor’s extended order issued on April 16, all Shorewood School buildings and campuses will continue to stay shut for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, through June 30 to ensure safety and the containment of COVID-19. This means that the earliest we will be able to return to in-person District and Recreation activities will be Wednesday, July 1. As we approach July 1st, I will continue to work in coordination with the Governor’s office, Department of Public Instruction, the North Shore Health Department and our School Board to determine what safety protocols will need to be in place as we look to reopen our campuses to students, staff and the community.

With an abrupt end to our face-to-face classroom time this year, students were unable to take home all of their school materials. Student material pickup will take place at each school in May. Principals will be sending communications out on the details of material pickup over the next couple of weeks.

Our 2019-20 academic school year will continue to remain on track in our virtual learning platforms. The last day of school and end of the fourth quarter will be Thursday, June 11. While the traditional SHS graduation ceremony will not take place on its originally scheduled date, we are looking into the possibility of an in-person ceremony later this summer for the Class 2020, and a virtual celebration as a back-up option. More information will be coming out regarding these celebrations in the next few weeks.

Due to the continued uncertainties posed by COVID-19, we are also currently working--with the support of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)--to expand our virtual learning capacities for summer school. We plan on using an entirely online format for our summer school programming this year, and more details will be shared next week about what this looks like for our students.

With the Badger Bounceback Plan that has been proposed and recent developments, we are beginning to plan for the 2020-2021 school year and explore three instructional models which include: face-to-face instruction, virtual instruction, or a blend of face-to-face and virtual instruction. In coordination with the Governor’s office, DPI, the North Shore Health Department, our Shorewood staff and the School Board, a decision will be made over the summer about how we will move forward with instruction on September 1st, 2020. More information on this will be shared as it becomes available.

Please watch for further updates in the upcoming weeks. Like I’ve said before, I am confident that by working through these adversities together as a District and community, we will come out stronger on the other side. Please continue to take care of yourself, your family, and loved ones.

Be Well,

Dr. Bryan Davis
Shorewood Schools Superintendent