The Antigo board of education convened in person Tuesday night after months of meeting virtually, with masks required.
The boards priority was to discuss the re-opening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The Unified School District has plated out some options for the upcoming year.
“The word ‘well-being’ was something we’ve always cared about before the pandemic but it’s much more critical now,” said Dr. Julie Sprague, district administrator.
After hundreds of surveys were sent out to families, 61% responded, with their greatest concerns including what education will the children receive? What’s being done for their children’s health and safety and, if remote learning is the only option, instructions on how to do so.
Currently the board is reflecting on the options of remote schooling and in person schooling, with the parents/guardian or caretaker having the ability to choose whether they want their children to attend remotely or in person. There will also be the option to choose differently per each child’s needs.
As of now there will be modified weeks, potential shortened days, social distancing in all aspects, limited/altered schedules and mandatory masking for all grades.
All students will get their temperature taken at the door. Students who ride the bus will be checked upon entrance.
If a student has a fever of 100.5 or greater they will be sent home until they are fever-free without any use of medications for 72 hours.
Although it won’t look or feel like a traditional school year, these precautions are in place for a reason officials stressed.
“This is for the better good, to keep everyone safe,” said Dr. Noel Deep.
The board will meet again on Aug. 11 and 25 to discuss the re-opening plan and adjust to any changes the State of Wisconsin may make.
In other business the board;
— Approved the needlepoint bipolar ionization sanitation system, the contract with Aspirus for athletic trainer services and the administration contract changes.
— Accepted new hire Katie Yadro, music teacher; the resignations of Elizabeth Burdick, music instructor, Jeff Neufeld, STEAM teacher, Jamie Hitz, special education instructional assistant, Merlene Hesse, math and reading support teacher, Amy Woodward, math teacher and Rebecca Spencer, high school housekeeping; and the retirement of Cindy Martin, art teacher.
The following donations were also accepted: $500 from CoVantage Credit Union for fill a backpack, fill a need program, $100 from Zelazoski Wood Products for fill a backpack, fill a need program, $3,307 from Sartori Cheese Company-Product Donation for COVID feeding meals, $100 from Amron for fill a backpack, fill a need program, $25 from Joyce R Erickson Memorial for Clara R McKenna Aquatic Center, $500 from CHAMPS for fill a backpack, fill a need program, $250 from Winter, Winter, & Behrens from Noboken School Forest Building Project, $4500 from Agra Industries-In Kind Materials, Maintenance, and training for AHS Metals Program, and $750 from Antigo Elks for Noboken School Forest Building Project.