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A survey of 70 rural Wisconsin school districts found that most plan to offer in-person classes during the fall — with no mask-wearing requirements or plans to perform temperature screenings, Rob Mentzer reports for WPR.
“But the 2020-’21 school year will still look a lot different from previous years in most places, and many rural districts are planning to implement hybrid models that combine in-person and virtual schooling as a way of limiting the potential spread of COVID-19,” Mentzer reports.
The survey covered some of the states’ smallest districts, including just three with more than 1,500 students, Mentzer adds.
We also highlight the latest dispatch in our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR. News414 reporter Jimmy Gutierrez checks in with Milwaukee entrepreneur Adija Greer-Smith as she and her son discuss distance learning, work ethic and racial justice during an extraordinary year.
Survey: Most rural schools plan in-person classes without masks or temperature checks — WPR
‘The people just want to be heard’: A Milwaukee mother and son discuss racial justice and education during the pandemic. — Wisconsin Watch/WPR
Momentum building among Wisconsin Democrats calling for statewide mask order — Wisconsin State Journal
Food distribution event highlights immense need in community — Kenosha News
JBS donates $1M to Green Bay community for COVID-19 response after outbreak at east-side plant — Green Bay Press Gazette
‘A bad plan made poorly’: UW staff, students criticize ‘vague’ reopening plan — The Cap Times
COVID-19 pandemic leads to increased interest in homeschooling — WTMJ-TV
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The Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported that 61 counties have a “high level” of coronavirus activity, a decrease from the 58 counties reported last week.
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Every level of Beloit Health System comes together to fight COVID-19 — Beloit Daily News
Milwaukee Youth Council puts focus on mental health services — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
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