Frequently Asked Questions


Families can share feedback on the PCSD Reopening of School Input Form. Questions are being reviewed as they come in and answers from the Administrative Team will be updated frequently.

Masks

Prevea Health Masking Tips and Resources  *updated 7/30/20

Are masks required for students?  *updated 8/3/20
Why are we requiring face coverings?  *updated 8/3/20
When do I need to wear a face covering? *updated 8/4/20
When can I remove my face covering?  *updated 8/4/20
What will happen if a student refuses to wear a mask in class? *updated 8/17/20
What type of face covering is acceptable?
Can I wear a Face Shield?
Feasibility and Adaptability of Masking:
Face Covering Education
What is the face covering requirement’s deadline?
Additional Resources

Cleaning / COVID-19 Testing, Diagnosis, Quarintine

What cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer is the district providing/using?  *updated 8/25/20
If student(s)/staff travel out of state or country, will they be required to self isolate prior to returning to school?
Is testing for COVID-19 required?
What is the plan if a student/staff member is diagnosed with COVID?
What will be done during cleaning in classrooms and buildings?
Why isn’t cleaning done at night?
CDC recommends 6ft apart but our students will be closer to 3ft.  Please explain.

Three Instructional Models:  Face to Face; Hybrid/Blended and Virtual

Why are there 2 different models- one for 4K-5 and one for 6-12?
What do Wednesday’s in the hybris/blended model look like?
Will the students have the same expectations as if they were in the classroom or more realistic since they are at home?
WIll my student be doing “busy work” on the three virtual days?
Might the current plans change?
Is there a time classrooms or schools may close?
Can classes be live-streamed so that students could still join in and participate from home?

School Day Routines

What time is elementary early dismissal on Wednesdays?
On Wednesday’s early release, will students then have to go virtual or are they done with schooling for the day?
What will a typical day look like for my child in elementary school?
What will the typical schedule look like for a middle school student?
What will the typical schedule look like for a high school student?
How will the virtual learning component of the hybrid program for the opposite cohort day’s work?
Will students at PCMS still be able to take electives such as band, choir, tech ed, agriscience, etc?
Will students at PHS still be able to take electives such as band, choir, tech ed, agriscience, etc.?
What precautions and procedures are being taken at PCMS for large group areas like the commons, large group instruction, etc?
What precautions and procedures are being taken at PHS for large group areas like the commons, large group instruction, etc.?
Is the flex mod being changed?
How will the flex mod schedule work in the hybrid/blended instructional model?

Will my elementary child still have recess?
Will my middle school child still have recess?
What is a cohort?
How will cohorts (or groups) be determined?
Can I request my student be placed in the same cohort as a relative or neighbor?
Will my elementary child still have specials?

4K/ Early Childhood/ Special Education

What is the plan for 4K?
For those 4K programs held off-site, are those facilities going to adhere to the same cleaning standards as the District?
What is the plan for Early Childhood?
Are there any changes with special education services?
My child receives special services such as speech and language or special education.  How will this be serviced in the online learning environment?

Full Online Learning Option

What is the online option for my child consist of?
How will my child learn in a full online learning program?
If elective or specialist classes are not available in the online learning option, will my child get behind in the curriculum?
How are teachers monitoring what is to be done virtually? How do they hold students accountable for work (what happens if it isn’t submitted?)
Why do I have to make a decision about online learning by August 7?  *updated 8/3/20
Can I change my mind about online learning once the semester has started?
Will the online learning option be available for Semester 2?
If 2nd semester all 4K-12 students are back in school face to face, will online learning still be an option?
Will graduation requirements be waived?
What if my child is sick in online learning?  Do they follow the same attendance guidelines?

Outbreak/ Closure

What defines an outbreak?
What triggers a shutdown?

PACE/Co-Curriculars/Athletics

If my child is enrolled in the online learning option, will he or she be able to participate in PCSD courses, clubs, organizations or athletics?
How will co-curriculars and clubs at PHS be different?
Will PACE before and after school care still be offered?
Will there be athletics this fall?
Will there be extra curriculars this fall?
Will field trips still occur?
Are visitors allowed in the buildings?

Transportation

Please refer to our transportation website for the latest busing information

Can I change busing arrangements now that the back-to-school plan has been released?
How many kids will be on a bus?
Will kids waer masks on the bus?
Are we following CDC guideline for busing?

Other

I received an email about the positive COVID-19 case within PCSD. I would like some more information.  *updated 9/8/20
When will student pictures be taken? *updated 8/18/20
What factors where considered as this plan was developed?
What will registration look like in August?
If we go completely virtual, will lunch still be provided?

 

Masks

Are masks required for students?
On July 30, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers declared a statewide public health emergency order requiring everyone to wear a face mask while in an indoor public space. The PCSD will require face coverings on all students in grades EC- 12. Students that are in special education or have health concerns will not be automatically exempted from the expectations of wearing a mask. PCSD will work with the families on an individual basis. We will work with the students and the families to develop the skill and problem solve around the challenges of wearing a mask.

Why are we requiring face coverings?
On July 30, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers declared a statewide public health emergency order requiring everyone to wear a face mask while in an indoor public space. In addition, PCSD is working with local public health departments, local healthcare facilities and following the guidance of the CDC.

According to the CDC,  “Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. Cloth face coverings are an example of source control. Several studies have documented asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 transmission; meaning that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still transmit the virus to other people. Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected.”

  • CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people).

Wearing of cloth face coverings may be prioritized at times when it is difficult to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others (e.g., during carpool drop off or pick up, or when standing in line at school). Ensuring proper cloth face covering size and fit and providing children with frequent reminders and education on the importance and proper wear of cloth face coverings may help address these issues.

When do I need to wear a face covering?

  • On school busses
  • Hallways
  • Large common spaces
  • Working in small groups
  • Bathrooms
  • When talking with someone
  • Working directly next to another person
  • Lunch rooms while not eating
  • When indoors around others not in my family
  • The individual is indoors or in an enclosed space, other than at a private residence
  • Another person or persons who are not members of an individual's household or living unit are present in the same room or enclosed space.

When can I remove my face covering?

  • Recess if I am 6 feet from others
  • Individuals who are otherwise required to wear a face covering may remove the face covering in the following situations: 
    • While eating or drinking. 
    • When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means. 
    • While obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, such as dental services. 
    • While sleeping.
    • While swimming or on duty as a lifeguard.
    • While a single individual is giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation for an audience, the single speaker may remove the face covering when actively speaking. While the face covering is removed, the speaker must remain at least 6 feet away from all other individuals at all times. 
    • When engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual, as determined by government safety guidelines. 
    • When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity, including when entering a bank, credit union, or other financial institution. When federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.

What will happen is a student refuses to wear a mask in class?
We will follow the state mandate to wear face coverings.  We will work with families and students to follow this mandate. Students who refuse to wear a face mask will have a meeting with the principal and their parents.

What type of face covering is acceptable?

  • Homemade, purchased with cloth, neck gaitor, bandanna, scarf 
  • Secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face

Requirements for acceptable face covering:

  • Must be cloth or disposable non-medical masks
  • Must cover both nose and mouth
  • Pleated face coverings with elastic are likely to work best for kids. 
  • Adult cloth face coverings are usually 6x12 inches, and even a child-sized 5x10 inch covering may be too large for small children. 
  • Cloth face coverings must be washed on a daily basis. 
  • Cloth face coverings can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen.

Can I wear a Face Shield?
The WI state emergency order and the CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.

Feasibility and Adaptability of Masking:
Adaptations and alternatives will be considered. Education is the key to face coverings. Students should be taught how to properly wear a face covering, when to utilize a face covering and what type of face covering will work for your child. The district will work with students to support their specific needs. The district will utilize a variety of face coverings for students with individual needs such as Deaf and Hard of Hearing for lip reading and use of a FM or DM system. Considerations for students with significant health concerns or specific needs will be addressed on an individual basis in consultation with school nurses, families and medical providers.

Face Covering Education:
PCSD will work in collaboration with families, school nurses, teachers and other stakeholders to educate the students to be safe while using a face covering. Staff working with the younger population will utilize videos, social stories and modeling of face coverings to support students.

What is the face covering requirement’s deadline?
PCSD will follow the WI state requirements until September 28, 2020 at which the district will continue to work with the local public health departments, local health care providers and others to determine when the face covering requirement can be lifted.

 

Cleaning / COVID-19 Testing

What cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer is the district providing/using?
PCSD will supply all cleaning supplies and hand hygiene products. All products are researched for safety and a Safety Data Sheet is available. Our hand sanitizer is FDA approved containing no methanol or other dangerous products. The hand sanitizer is 62% alcohol based. Each room is equipped with Spic and Span, toweling and hand sanitizer.

If student(s)/staff travel out of state or country, will they be required to self isolate prior to returning to school?
The district recommends you call your healthcare provider to determine next steps. At this time, the CDC recommends that you self quarantine for 14 days if you develop symptoms after traveling internationally.

Is testing for COVID-19 required?
Testing at this time is a parent option.  Resources and information about testing and how to receive it can be accessed at this link for our area. 

The PCSD will screen all staff before entering the building through an app that will be monitored to ensure the health and wellness of staff. The district will work to educate families to conduct a self screen before entering any school environment.

What is the plan if a student/staff member is diagnosed with COVID?
We will follow the Decision Tree for People with COVID Symptoms in Youth, Student and Child Care Programs that was created in a collaborative effort between public health departments and local health care communities. This provides the proper procedures and protocols for students and staff. The district will work in collaboration with the student or staff to determine who was in close contact with the individual. The district will follow the guidance from the local health department for contact tracing and next steps. 

If the student/staff is positive, the individual will stay home for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication and improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members also need to stay home for at least 14 days which will be coordinated with public health.

What will be done during cleaning in classrooms and buildings?
Deep cleaning in our district will consist of cleaning in all common spaces and classrooms with a combination of electrostatic sprayers and misters to disinfect the entire building. This will also allow PCSD to go a step further. This will allow us to get into all locations that are not in high traffic areas on a consistent basis. Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily. On deep cleaning days, PCSD will use the Kivac system (comparable to a pressure washer), which is not feasible on a typical school day due to dry times and noise. 

Why isn’t cleaning done at night?
PCSD have daily tasks that need to be completed when buildings are occupied. These include trash/recycling pickup and disposal, floor cleaning, bathrooms, classrooms, just to name a few.  This  must be completed to keep the environment safe and clean. With our limited staff and size of our buildings, PCSD would not have the appropriate time for these deep cleaning processes that are normally  performed on non student days.  Due to guidelines and scheduling with social distancing, additional help is needed for cleaning in all spaces. Staff assignments will  be modified to relieve duties to accommodate the disinfecting needs for our schools. 

CDC recommends 6ft apart but our students will be closer to 3ft.  Please explain.
When our students are in any congregated spaces such as lunch rooms, commons area or auditorium the 6 foot social distancing protocol will be practiced.  Within the classrooms, as feasible, we will have students socially distanced.  

We have modified our learning spaces to incorporate more room and have moved larger classes to larger learning spaces.

It may not be feasible, depending on the needs of the individual student to adhere both to distancing guidelines and the support needed for students. Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing face cloth coverings, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Three Instructional Models:  Face to Face; Hybrid/Blended and Virtual

Why are there 2 different models- one for 4K-5 and one for 6-12?
PCSD’s intent is to have our students return in the face to face model for 4K-5 and the hybrid/blended model for 6-12.  We have added elementary staff teachers to reduce our class sizes as well as moved some classrooms to support physical distancing.  However, due to the nature of the number of students at the 6-12 level, the best option is the hybrid/blended model.

What do Wednesday’s in the hybrid/blended model look like?
Wednesday virtual day in the hybrid/blended learning will be new content, instruction and work for students. At the middle and high school level, there will be opportunities for teachers to work with students that need more support in person and virtually through small groups and/or individuallly.

Will the students have the same expectations as if they were in the classroom or more realistic since they are at home?
Expectations will be different for hybrid/blended learning and virtual learning (should we need to change to this instructional model with school closures in the fall).  In the spring, schools across the nation were functioning in crisis learning which won’t be the case for the fall.  There will be increased expectations for student learning in the fall in both instructional models of hybrid/blended learning or virtual learning with school closures.

WIll my student be doing “busy work” on the three virtual days?
The learning in the fall for the hybrid/blended model will be different than in the spring crisis learning.  The teachers will be meeting virtually to look closer at power standards that may have not been addressed in the spring and/or were potential learning gaps.  This will allow them to revise pacing guides or scope/sequence of units for the return to school this fall.  The Learning Service and Instructional Technology Departments are working on professional development to support our teachers on blended learning for the fall.  They are using survey data and feedback from the May virtual learning survey from staff, students and parents to improve the blended learning that will be delivered in the fall.  Our staff realize that we have to close the learning gaps from the crisis learning and school closure and are ready to rise to the occasion.

Might the current plans change?
Depending on the risk levels and number of cases within the tri-county area and our schools, there could be movement between face to face instruction, hybrid/blended model and virtual learning. As COVID-19 cases reduce, we will move into face to face.  Or, as COVID-19 cases increase, we will move into virtual learning.

Is there a time classrooms or schools may close?
Classrooms and/or schools may be closed if there are two positive cases according to the Department of Health.

Can classes be live-streamed so that students could still join in and participate from home?
There are some legality issues with live streaming and recording lessons to be posted on to our Learning Management Systems.


School Day Routines

What time is elementary early dismissal on Wednesdays?
The current plan for the five elementary school's early dismissals on Wednesday of the face to face instructional model would be:
  • Glenbrook: 12:30 pm
  • Fairview, Lannoye, Hillcrest, Sunnyside:  1:30 pm

On Wednesday’s early release, will students then have to go virtual or are they done with schooling for the day?
For elementary schools, students would not have virtual instruction after the Wednesday early dismissal.  However, students may still have practice or homework activities as they would have on the normal face-to-face schedule.

What will a typical day look like for my child in elementary school?

  • Students will remain with their homeroom teacher for the day. 
  • Outdoor learning and activity will be encouraged as weather permits
  • Interventions and special education services will be in smaller groups or one on one as well as in cohort groups when possible
  • Students will have scheduled bathroom breaks and hand washing time
  • Lunch will be in smaller groups within the lunch room but will be grouped by cohorts with physical distancing.  Lunch hour times may change at each of the elementary buildings in order to accommodate smaller groups.
  • Specials will come to the classrooms or use outside as a learning spot
  • Students will have desks or be placed at tables distanced from each other

What will the typical schedule look like for a middle school student?

The PCMS staff is in the process of finalizing a modified schedule for our students.  With the changes we are able to allow students to have numerous educational experiences while focusing their attention on less courses during each individual quarter. 

A middle school students class schedule will consist of seven blocks of instructional time lasting 60 minutes which includes lunch.  

  • Four blocks in the core areas taught by house teachers:  English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  
  • Two blocks in the elective/special areas taught by content specialists:  Agriscience, Art, Business, Family and Consumer Science, Health, Music, Physical Education, Technology Education, and World Language
  • One block with their house teachers focusing on academic enrichment & interventions, community building, and social emotional support.
  • Movement/Brain breaks will be incorporated within each of the above instructional blocks.
  • Lunch will be served by grade level on a daily basis in our commons. In order to safely seat, eat and clean the area, we will be utilizing six different lunch periods (two per grade level).   Each lunch period will be 20 minutes in length.  Students will be assigned a specific lunch time based on their third core class of the day.  Our schedule will allow us to have 75-80 students in the commons at a time.
  • Recess will be incorporated daily by the house teachers based on the weather, schedule for the day, and needs of our students.

What will the typical schedule look like for a high school student?

  • Students will be divided into two different cohorts. This will reduce the number of students by half in the building and in classrooms. The intent is to keep students in the same households on the same schedule.
  • Students in Cohort A will attend school in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and will be learning virtually Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Meanwhile, students in Cohort B will learn virtually on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and will attend school in-person on Thursday and Friday.  
  • Wednesdays all students are learning virtually to allow for deep cleaning of the building, to allow for professional development for staff and for staff to provide virtual support for any student.
  • When a student is at school in face to face learning, he/she will continue to follow their schedule as they would in normal circumstances. When receiving in-person instruction, teachers will focus on the most important aspects of hands-on learning, social-emotional wellness, and constructive feedback to ensure continued growth. Students will continue to be able to utilize their PLT time to receive extra help in different subject areas. 
  • Meanwhile, when a student’s cohort is learning virtually, students are expected to keep up on lessons and activities that have been provided to the students via Canvas.  Learning will continue to move forward at a similar pace (as much as possible) of a regular school year.

How will the virtual learning component of the hybrid program for the opposite cohort day’s work?
Our collaborative teams will determine what makes the most sense given the needs of the students, the course content, and the learning objectives.  Our goal is to utilize the face to face portion of the instruction to provide as much direct support for our students while they are at PCMS.

During the virtual portion we may utilize flipped learning which can be done more independently by students and supported with more depth when the students are at school with their teachers.  Our staff would develop the instruction for students to watch at home, begin their practice independently and finish with support from the teacher on their return to school.

Will students at PCMS still be able to take electives such as band, choir, tech ed, agriscience, etc?
Yes, students will be taking courses in our elective/special areas.  Depending on the requests that your child made last winter and our modified schedule the number of the electives or the duration of the course may be altered.  Specials remain an integral part of our educational experience at PCMS.  

Sixth grade students will be having an exploratory experience in the areas of Agriscience, Art, Business, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education and World Language. Each rotation will last approximately 4.5 weeks.  Music and Physical Education instruction are state guidelines and will rotate on a quarterly basis.

Seventh grade students will have one elective per nine weeks.  The areas include:  Agriscience, Art, Band, Business, Choir, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education and World Language.  Students will also have Physical Education and Health to meet state guidelines and Wisconsin's high school graduation requirement for Health Education. 

Eighth grade students will have two electives per quarter.  This will allow our students to have eight opportunities during the year.  Physical education is a requirement that will fill two of the slots.  The remaining will come from their selections last winter from the following areas:  Agriscience, Art, Band, Business, Choir, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education and World Language.  

Will students at PHS still be able to take electives such as band, choir, tech ed, agriscience, etc.?
Yes, students will continue to be able to take elective classes as students will still be expected to take the full three credits per semester. Students have already been scheduled into these courses based on their requests that were made this past winter. A student will follow their schedule as written on the days they are scheduled for in-person instruction.  Please note that some courses may need to modify their curriculum or implement additional precautions and procedures to function safely and limit student contact and exposure.

What precautions and procedures are being taken at PCMS for large group areas like the commons, large group instruction, etc?
PCMS will not be utilizing any large group instruction, class sizes will be 15-24 students to maintain appropriate social distancing safety guidelines.

The commons will be utilized for lunch with appropriate social distancing and cleaning between each group of students.

What precautions and procedures are being taken at PHS for large group areas like the commons, large group instruction, etc.?

  • Commons, large group instruction areas, and resources like regular classrooms will have maximum capacities in which they can be used meanwhile still maintaining social distancing guidelines.  In addition, to max capacities, seating arrangements or options may be limited to ensure appropriate spacing is maintained.
  • Revised daily and weekly cleaning practices will be implemented and in place to mitigate cross-contamination.  Examples include but not limited to:
    • Lunchroom procedures and food distribution
    • Routine cleaning of high touch areas such as doors, light switches, desks, railings, etc.
    • Routine deep cleaning of restrooms and other public areas

Is the flex mod being changed?  How will the flex mod schedule work in the hybrid/blended instructional model?

  • PHS intends to keep the integrity of the flex mod schedule as much as is possible. Students will continue to follow their schedule as usual on their in-person days of instruction.
  • To ensure social distancing, the number of students in each classroom will be significantly reduced, additional resources for PLT are being made available, and the commons is only being utilized for assigned lunch periods.  Again, these changes are in place to follow safety guidelines, meanwhile providing students with the opportunity to make most of their PLTs to get additional support from staff as needed.

Will my elementary child still have recess?
Elementary recess will be with your child’s home room and cohort.  The playground will be zoned for smaller group size.  Equipment used will be cleaned between groups.

Will my middle school child still have recess?
PCMS will be utilizing that time directly to appropriate schedule students. Staff will be providing brain breaks and physical activity throughout the day for movement and socialization. 

What is a cohort?
A cohort is a homeroom group of students who will learn, eat and recess together.  Our cohort numbers are between 14-25.  Students will be socially distanced between 3 - 6 feet within common shared spaces.  

How will cohorts (or groups) be determined?
The A/B groups will be determined by alphabet and primary placement of your child.  Family members will be placed together even if last names are not the same.

Can I request my student be placed in the same cohort as a relative or neighbor?
There is not a process to request placement in specific cohorts.

Will my elementary child still have specials?
At the elementary level we are planning for split groups for PE.  The teacher will work with groups of 12 or less.  Equipment will be sanitized between each group. Students will have one day of PE a week in order for the split groups to work.  Teachers will be encouraged to provide physical activity for students.  Art and Music will come to the classroom to start the year.  These classes may be held outside as well.  Spanish will continue to be in the classroom as in the past.

4K/ Early Childhood/ Special Education

What is the plan for 4K?
For this year, 4K will be on the same day schedule as K-5 which is for four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Classes will not be held on Wednesday with the exception of the make up days should 4K minutes need to be made up.  There will not be a virtual and/or online  option for four year old kindergarten.  Additional information about 4K for the 2020-21 school year will be coming in early August.

For those 4K programs held off-site, are those facilities going to adhere to the same cleaning standards as the District?
The 4K off-site community sites will be encouraged to follow the Department of Health and CDC guidelines for cleaning standards. 

What is the plan for Early Childhood?
For this year, EC will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday mornings OR Tuesday, Thursday, Friday morning OR Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday afternoons depending on the Individual Education Plans of the students. Teachers will be contacting families in the upcoming days with information about your specific student. Virtual will be an option for early childhood for those students with compromised immune systems. The staff will be teaching through Google Meets for therapy and individual packets to work with. 

Are there any changes with special education services?
All students with a disability are entitled to special education services based on their individualized education program (IEP). It may not be feasible, depending on the needs of the individual child and adolescent, to adhere both to distancing guidelines and the criteria outlined in a specific IEP. Attempts to meet physical distancing guidelines should meet the needs of the individual child and may require creative solutions, often on a case-by-case basis. IEP teams will meet to revise IEP's as needed. 

My child receives special services such as speech and language or special education.  How will this be serviced in the online learning environment?
Special education services will be provided in a virtual format such as google meets or Seesaw if taught by Pulaski staff. Teachers and therapists will work to best meet the individual needs of the students. Staff will work with families to schedule those learning times.  If the virtual option is outsourced, special education services could look differently with outsourced staff. 

Full Online Learning Option

What is the online option for my child consist of?
Online Learning is a separate learning scenario for students. Students will be at home learning accessing materials online and in communication with teachers.  It looks different in grades K-2 than 3-5.  See specifics for those grade levels below.

Grades K-2

  • Students will engage with the PCSD curriculum created and facilitated by PCSD teachers.  
  • The PCSD teacher will facilitate and work with students from across our district in English Language Arts,  Math, Science and Social Studies using our district-adopted resources.  
  • PCSD teachers will create and post course content both synchronous (online at same time) and asynchronous (at own pace), grade student work, communicate with students and provide assistance as needed. 
  • Currently, there will be a section of Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd, each with their own PCSD teacher.  The teacher will be from our current staffing and will cover all students who have signed up for online learning from across all five elementary schools. This will look similar to Spring virtual learning with changes based on feedback from Spring.

Grades 3-12

  • Students will engage in Acellus curriculum facilitated by PCSD teachers.  
  • The PCSD teacher will facilitate and work with students from across our district  in English Language Arts,  Math, Science and Social Studies and two specials of your choice. 
  • PCSD teacher will facilitate the learning through the Acellus curriculum and platform by grading, assisting students with questions and doing student progress checks and connections. They will be facilitating the learning of students across multiple grade levels and courses PCSD teachers will not be creating course content, but will be using that of Acellus which is Common Core Standards aligned.  
  • This will look different from Spring virtual learning as it will be more self-directed and self-paced. Students will learn content through a series of vidoes and will show their learning through the completion of quizzes and exams.

How will my child learn in a full online learning program?
Students in K-2 will learn through content created by his/ her teacher and accessed in Seesaw.  There will be synchronous learning where all students and teacher will be online at the same time for learning and times when there will be asynchronous learning where students complete activities on their own time and own pace.

Students in 3-12 will learn through a series of vidoes and will show their learning through the completion of quizzes and exams.  All learning and work is self paced and self directed.  

If elective or specialist classes are not available in the online learning option, will my child get behind in the curriculum?
Students will have an opportunity to participate in electives or specialists in the online learning platform.  However, the electives may not be the same as our district offerings at PCMS or PHS.  We are limited to what the company offers for electives and would be  unable to offer all of the electives that we currently offer in the district.

How are teachers monitoring what is to be done virtually? How do they hold students accountable for work (what happens if it isn’t submitted?)
Within the online learning platforms we are considering attendance, participation and progress monitoring tools that teachers will have access to monitor student accountability.  Attendance, participation and accountability checks will be enforced.  If checks are not favorable, this could result in failure of the course, partial repayment of the course or ineligibility for further online options.

Why do I have to make a decision about online learning by August 7?  
After the opt in window ends on August 7th, decisions will be made for staffing, resources, etc to support the online learning.  Due to the cost of the online learning program as well as staffing needs within each model, once a student has opted into full online learning, movement between the three instructional models is not an option.  Your child will be in the full online learning option through the end of Semester 1 in January, 2020. 

Can I change my mind about online learning once the semester has started?
You will only have the option to opt-into the program once the semester has started dependent on space availability for the specific grade level.  Once you have opted-in, you will be committed to virtual learning for the semester.

Will the online learning option be available for Semester 2?
Depending on the risk level of COVID-19, there may or may not be an option for full online learning in Semester 2 of the 2020-21 school year

If 2nd semester all 4K-12 students are back in school face to face, will online learning still be an option?
No, if we are able to return to face to face learning for the second semester, students will return from the full online learning and be enrolled in classrooms in the school of attendance.

Will graduation requirements be waived?
We will be revisiting board policy on  graduation requirements related to the pandemic and online learning platform.

What if my child is sick in online learning?  Do they follow the same attendance guidelines?
Students will be expected to attend their classes and complete coursework as assigned by the teacher. Good attendance develops punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. Students who have good attendance achieve greater success in their learning. The PCSD policies involving attendance and truancy will be strictly adhered to. 

Outbreak/ Closure

What defines an outbreak?
A COVID-19 outbreak should be taken very seriously, especially in a K-12 setting. Currently, there are no vaccines or medical treatments to effectively protect against COVID-19. According to Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, an outbreak is generally defined as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the same facility. This threshold triggers a facility-wide public health investigation which also includes contact tracing with all people having confirmed COVID-19 cases at the facility.

Outbreak investigations of facilities may be closed once the confirmed cases’ maximum incubation periods have passed since the last confirmed case in the facility has passed without any new cases. For example, the maximum incubation period is 14 days, so if an individual was confirmed for COVID-19 yet continued to go to school for seven days, the maximum period would be 7 (remaining from existing case) + 14 days (high risk exposure to original case) = 21 days. 

What triggers a shutdown?
Shutdown criteria will be vastly different based upon several considerations: type of facility; availability of testing and quarantine of potential high risk exposed individuals; policy for organization; and external stakeholders, and absentee rates of students and staff.

Each school site is expected to have a disease surveillance program and individual school site plan. The disease surveillance program actively monitors infections, including COVID-19 and is reported daily to Brown County Public Health (“BCPH”). Should an outbreak occur, the communication between the individual school site and BCPH will be critical for contact tracing and also quarantine/isolation of same household siblings. The individual school site plan identifies protocols for closure and reopening.

The decision to close would likely involve the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Brown County Public Health, and the district would be responsible for implementing the closure. Based upon any potential contact tracing required, Brown County school districts will follow the guidance and expertise of BCPH should we need to implement a quarantine of staff and students.

Any decision about quarantining or school closure is very complex and involves a variety of scenarios and engagement with local and state agencies. Such scenarios can include:

  • An emergency closure by the district if a student, employee or volunteer showed clear signs of having the COVID-19 during school. 
  • Closure of one school and a possible quarantine of individuals (e.g. students, staff) associated with that school.
  • Closure of more than one school, with individuals associated with those schools possibly quarantined.  
  • Closure of all Brown County schools and offices, resulting in thousands of individuals associated with the district’s schools and programs being quarantined.

In the event of limited closings involving part of the district, there would still be relationships that could further complicate the implementation of a quarantine:

  • Students in the identified and closed schools have siblings and friends in other schools.
  • Students or adults from open schools may have been exposed to students or adults from closed schools in various settings.

The complexity of closure decisions continues to grow as we learn more about the spread of the virus, and CDC and DHS updates their guidelines on quarantining. Regardless of whether a decision to close schools is made, additional instructions and guidance will be provided to all affected students, families and staff. 

PACE/Co-Curriculars/Athletics

If my child is enrolled in the online learning option, will he or she be able to participate in PCSD courses, clubs, organizations or athletics?
Families that opt for full online learning are able to participate in school clubs, organizations and athletics.  Students who enroll in virtual or online schools that are not a part of PCSD are ineligible to participate in cocurriculars and athletics through the PCSD district

How will co-curriculars and clubs at PHS be different?
In previous years, co-curricular and clubs were run on Wednesdays during homeroom. Because that is not possible this year, we are exploring different ways for students to be able to connect in their shared hobbies and interests, while also adhering to the latest health and safety guidance. More on this to come!

Will PACE before and after school care still be offered?
We will continue to offer PACE before and after school programming.  Information will be coming out about this soon.  At this time we will have this programing at Hillcrest, Sunnyside and Glenbrook elementary schools. Information will come from PACE about this program.  PACE will follow school health and safety guidelines for activities during the programming.

Will there be athletics this fall?
We are slowly reopening our athletic programming.  No final decision has been made about seasons at this time.

Will there be extra curriculars this fall?
We are slowly reopening extra curriculars.  Specific decisions and rollout of these programs will be shared as they become available.

Will field trips still occur?
Field Trips and large group events (concerts, school bashes/fest, fundraisers, etc) have been cancelled through December 31st and will be re-evaluated for 2021.

Are visitors allowed in the buildings?
At this time we are limiting the public in the building to essential business.  We have put a hold on parents, volunteers and visitors. Face coverings must be worn when inside all District buildings. 

Transportation

Can I change busing arrangements now that the back-to-school plan has been released?
Parents may request an alternate bus stop if needed.  However, families will only be assigned to one bus route.  Multiple assigned bus stops are not able to be accommodated this school year.

How many kids will be on a bus?
With the amount of responses received from parents that have signed up for busing services, students should plan on a minimum of 75% capacity.  Students may be sitting 2-3 per seat, depending on the route; however, numbers are dependent on how many HS/MS students ride on a given day.  Families/siblings should plan to sit together.   The elementary routes have less students per bus.

Are we following CDC guidelines for bussing?
All bus drivers will be properly trained on cleaning and disinfecting protocols and given resources and equipment to follow through with these procedures.  Bus drivers are responsible to keep their buses clean.  Buses will be disinfected by the drivers after each run.  The District has also assigned additional staffing to thoroughly disinfect every bus at the end of each shift as well.  Drivers will be provided with the proper protection.
 
Will kids wear masks on the bus?
It is a District policy that students will wear face coverings, so yes, students will be required to wear them on the bus.  Pulaski Schools Transportation will follow the same rules that apply in the classroom.  Covid-19 rules pertaining to busing will be posted on every school bus above the front windshield.

Other

I received an email about the positive COVID-19 case within PCSD. I would like some more information.
We are unable to share the name of the building in which the confirmed case was reported. If your child has been identified as being in close contact with the individual, you will be contacted by that county’s local health department with further instructions.  The county is usually in contact within 24 hours if your child is involved in the contact tracing process.

When will student pictures be taken?
School pictures will be schedule in Spring rather than Fall to ensure those students in the virtual program are available.

What factors were considered as this plan was developed?
The district has gathered feedback through two surveys to parents as well as students and staff.   The first survey gathered feedback specifically to the virtual learning that occurred during the spring school closure and was shared with students, parents and staff in May, 2020.  The second survey regarding return to school was shared with PCSD parents and guardians and resulted in over 2500 responses from June 15-26.  Our means of gathering feedback since releasing the plans is the google form on our website for collecting questions and comments and then incorporating within the FAQ.

What will registration look like in August?
Photo day for grades 6-12 -Middle and high school pictures are planned for the first 2 weeks of school.  We will rotate throughout the buildings to properly assure that all student pictures are taken and updated. Elementary pictures will take place when normally scheduled at each building. 

Student IDs will be printed at a later time. 

Athletic passes are not being sold at this time.

Student school fees -  Parents can pay online or mail check/money order to school.  (Athletic participation fees will not be charged until it has been determined what will happen with fall sports) Athletic passes are not being sold at this time.

4-K meetings -  4K presentation will be shared online to families in 4K. 

Registration - Families will need to complete registration for each of their children online by September 1.  Online registration will open August 1.  This year walk-in registration will be available only to those that do not have access to a computer or internet service, need assistance or are new to the district. Walk-in registration is scheduled from 9a - 7p on August 12 in the PHS commons.

Families that need to meet in person will schedule an appointment through Skyward Family Access. Information will be shared with families to explain the sign-up process.

If we go completely virtual, will lunch still be provided?
If the district needed to go virtual at some point during the school year, lunch would be provided as it was during the Spring school closures.