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Oshkosh School District to remain all virtual into January

COVID-19 cases cause delay in start, virtual classes for Oshkosh North and Merrill Middle School
COVID-19 cases cause delay in start, virtual classes for Oshkosh North and Merrill Middle School
Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 1:39 PM CST
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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 11/9

After announcing plans to switch to a hybrid learning model this month, the Oshkosh Area School District has changed course and will stick with all-virtual learning.

“The Oshkosh Area School District has made the difficult decision to remain in Model 4: Virtual Learning until at least January 11, 2021. The District WILL NOT transition to hybrid learning on November 12 as previously announced,” the district said Monday morning.

A letter released to parents says the district changed course based on these factors:

  • The significant increase in the daily rate of COVID-19 cases, along with multiple daily record-setting positive cases in Wisconsin since November 3.
  • A shift in trends, including our county’s positivity rate, our local community’s burden rate, and data specific to OASD students and staff.
  • The impact of expected holiday travel on the spread of COVID-19.
  • Feedback related to the importance of consistency in learning models and schedules, and the impact both have on student learning and overall well-being.

The district had said its plan to switch to hybrid learning would be based on case counts from the Winnebago County Health Department.

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Posted by Winnebago County Health Department on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

“This continues to be a dynamic situation with available data and guidance changing on a daily basis. While we had hoped to safely return to in-person learning this week, the data no longer supports that shift,” school officials said.

PREVIOUS REPORT

The Oshkosh Area School District says it plans to transition to hybrid learning on Thursday, Nov. 12. That means a mix of in-person and virtual learning.

The district has been all-virtual learning due to COVID-19 cases.

School officials say the decision is district-wide and covers 4K-12.

However, there are some exceptions. Individual classes, grades or schools may be unable to learn in-person due to COVID-19 infections and quarantines.

Things may change based on case counts from the Winnebago County Health Department. The district will be watching the Nov. 5 data release.

“If the next weekly data release from the Winnebago County Health Department shows a significant data shift that no longer supports a return to in-person learning, additional transition decisions will be made based on grade-level data and may impact schools differently,” reads a statement from the school district.

The district will return to all-virtual learning for the weeks of Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 and Jan. 4-8. This was planned ahead of time to help contain COVID-19 spread from holiday travel and increased social interactions in the community.

The district released information on their decision to switch to hybrid learning. CLICK HERE for a statement from school leaders.

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Posted by Winnebago County Health Department on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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